Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley
June 2, 2017 was Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Zonta members from clubs in the United States met with Congressional Staff from their respective states. Topics of presentation and discussion were the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratification and the Bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Both of these actions are important to women and society. Lori Montigel from Riverside Club and I met with staff from the offices of Senators, Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, and Representative Steve Knight.
Since the ERA was introduced in 1972, ratification by three states is required to meet the three-fourth majority so that Congress can authorize the Amendment to become law. The State of Nevada just ratified the Amendment; and Virginia, Illinois and Arizona will be introducing the ERA joint resolution in their state legislatures in 2017. The ERA is very important to our country because it provides equality in situations for women and people of color regarding equal rights such as equal pay for equal work, treatment in the workforce and greater awareness for equality in society.
The Campus Safety and Accountability Act will help parents choose safer campuses for their children to attend, provide support for women and others who are attacked and abused on university and college campuses nationwide by standardizing reporting and handling of these situations so abusers are held accountable for their actions. Victims will have immediate help to minimize the associated trauma. Today, an American woman who attends college is more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than a woman who does not attend college – a significant price to pay for obtaining an education!
Zonta’s LifeForward May 20, 2017 workshop featured Aazam Irillian presenting how to “Recognize Potential, Overcome Life’s Challenges & Fulfill Dreams!”; the exercises helped the attendees to speak with conviction and assertion. Following this presentation, Zonta awarded Certificates of Achievement and Nicole Vartanian, Assistant Field Deputy to Supervisor Katheryn Barger, presented Los Angeles County Scrolls to Ana Figueredo, Susan Lin, Jane Lopez and Carmen Navarro. The awardees then talked about pivotal workshops that helped to make a difference in their lives. Sandy Pida and Mary Rogers have earned a Certificate and Scroll, but were unable to attend; these will be presented at a later date. Awardees are now designated “Zonta Ambassadors” with the assignment of welcoming new attendees to the LifeForward Workshops.
These activities, Advocacy on Capitol Hill and Zonta’s LifeForward Workshops for women support our mission to “Empower Women Worldwide and Locally”.
For information about Zonta contact Phyllis Walker at 661-251-1172.
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