The Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families will host a panel discussion with the Women’s Law Project at an event themed “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The networking dinner and discussion will take place at The Presidential, 2910 DeKalb Pike, East Norriton on October 11 at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families Scholarship Fund and other projects that support the MCCWF mission.
The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest legal center in Pennsylvania devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls.
Panelists will discuss recent trends, legislative action, and strategies to combat unequal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment in the workplace. National and local resources will be identified to help women fighting all forms of discrimination. MCCWF Event Committee member and High Swartz, LLP attorney Melissa H. Boyd will moderate.
“The Women’s Law Project is an exemplary organization that completely embodies the spirit of ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’, as they work tirelessly to ensure the rights of women and girls are restored and maintained,” says MCCWF Chair Julie Paoline. “Their mission is complementary to the Commission’s core values of awareness, education, and empowerment. We are delighted to honor a team of trailblazers in this era of reform.”
Each year, MCCWF’s Annual Awareness Event theme is drawn from the National Women’s History Project. Through this year’s theme, the MCCWF celebrates women fighting not only against sexism, but also against the many intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women including discrimination based on race and ethnicity, class, disability, sexual orientation, non-binary/non-conforming gender express, veteran status, and many other categories.
“We are honored to be selected to talk about our work with citizens of Montgomery County, and discuss ways we can work together to improve anti-discrimination policies and protections in Pennsylvania,” says Carol E. Tracy, Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project. “We’re in an all-hands-on-deck moment. Every person who values equality and justice needs to speak up against pay discrimination, sexual harassment, and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and call for concrete solutions.”
Besides its legislative advocacy, the WLP offers telephone counseling and referral services. They also provide sexual assault and domestic violence victims’ resources, sex and gender discrimination victims’ rights support and guidance on workplace equality issues.
The scholarship fund established in partnership with the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc., in 2014 has raised over $11,000 for 13 Montgomery County women between the ages of 18 and 26-years-old and fully matriculated at an accredited two or four-year college or university.
More information about the event, sponsorship packages, and tickets is available at www.montcopa.org/mccwf.
Created by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, the MCCWF is a diverse group of women volunteers who serve Montgomery County communities and help aspiring women achieve their educational goals.
The mission of the MCCWF is to foster leadership, provide awareness of existing services, promote the development of resources, and advocate equal access to such resources in order to enhance the lives of women and families.
For more information about the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families, and the annual event visit www.montcopa.org/mccwf.
For more information about the Women’s Law Project, visit www.womenslawproject.org.