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We are a non-profit state federation. Our membership includes women and men of every age, race, religion, political party and socio-economic background. We are a leading advocate on work-life balance and workplace equity issues.

In this section, you will read recent news releases and advocacy concerns as well as view our opinion editorials and letters to the editor. Members of the press who are writing about issues of concern to working women are encouraged to contact our Communications Committee at [email protected].

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NYSWomen - “Get Your Voice Heard – Strategic Planning”

Strategic planning committee report addendum:\

Tuesday, June 23, 2020/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (43)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Athena Military Women’s Initiative Update

Athena Military Women’s Initiative Update

Athena Military Women’s Initiative Update

Thursday, February 27, 2020/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (311)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Moving Forward... Conscious of Our Choice of Words!

Moving Forward... Conscious of Our Choice of Words!

by Claire Knowles

Our busy days unfold like the Page-a-Day calendar that quickly melds into weeks, months and years. As time flitters by we internally crave meaning and fulfillment in our lives – hoping that we won’t look back some day and regretfully say, “Is that all there is?” or, “Success...but at what cost?”

Deep in our hearts we know that we are the managers of our own lives. Solely responsible! Dr. Phil frequently affirms this self-knowledge. So how can we best affect the outcomes throughout our lives?

Friday, December 27, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (446)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Writing a Short Note Goes a Long Way

Writing a Short Note Goes a Long Way

by Joyce DeLong

SHUT DOWN THE COMPUTER. TURN OFF THE cellphone. Disconnect the fax machine. If you want to send a message that’s sure to be well received, write a note.

Friday, December 27, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (430)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Effective Advocacy: Communicating with your State Legislator

Effective Advocacy: Communicating with your State Legislator

by Amy Kellogg

In 2015, then-immediate past president of NYS Women, Inc., Amy Kellogg, gave a presentation on effective political advocacy at that year’s spring board in April at the Griffiss Institute in Rome. Here are the highlights; and take special notice of the dates the legislature is in session. Advocating for an issue when your legislator isn’t in Albany, isn’t a good use of your time!

Friday, December 27, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (232)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Finding my voice. . . because my destiny is calling

Finding my voice. . . because my destiny is calling

by Claire Knowles

It was George Bernard Shaw, famous playwright, who penned this keeper:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself!”

When we create ourselves, we bring something into existence, we manifest. We cause a part of us to come into being – intentionally, deliberately. Our hidden voice wants to be heard . . . yet where and why is it hidden?

Friday, December 27, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (86)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Using Your Voice

Using Your Voice

from Robin Bridson

HELLO EVERYONE! How is your year going so far? Are you getting into the swing of things with your chapters and regions? This is an exciting time for NYS Women, Inc.! We are one hundred years old! Pass the cake!

As I think back to the great women (and men) who have helped to shape this organization and this country, I think about how important it is to stand up for what you believe in, what you believe is right, helping to create a necessary change . . . and to feel comfortable using your voice.

I don’t mean interrupting or shouting over someone. I mean using your words to get your message across, to increase understanding, to engage in a constructive discussion, and to give a voice to people who may not have the strength or confidence to use their own voice.

Our voice is a superpower! Our choice of words, our tone, our inflection . . . they are all important. Let’s use this superpower for good!

A simple word at the right time can make all the difference. Have you ever been in a bad mood and a friend stopped by just to say “Hi” and when they left, you were feeling so much better? Reversely, have you ever been in a fantastic mood and some-one said something (whether they meant it or not) and you were immediately plunged into a pit?

We can use our voice to bring awareness of issues. “If you see something, say something.”

Bullying is not just happening in the classroom. It happens at work and in meetings. Don’t let it happen in your groups.

Another issue is human trafficking. Again, it isn’t just happening in other countries and in big cities. It happens everywhere. We need to talk about it, educate people on what to be on the look-out for. Use your voice!

We can use our voice to build people up and give encouragement to a team member, colleague, friend, or family member. A woman I work with keeps referring to herself as “just an administrative assistant.” You are never “just” anything! It is my personal goal this year to break her of that habit. (Yes, you know who you are and I have my eye on you!)

We had a great Fall Board meeting in October in Chautauqua. Thank you so much to Region 8 for hosting us and making it a wonderful time! Thank you to Claire Knowles for her workshop on “The Power of Presence, Your Presence!” and for all the fantastic discussion on communication styles and preferences. I think everyone came away with at least a nugget or two!

Information will be coming our shortly for our Spring Board meeting on March 21, in New Hartford (near Utica). We’ll have a workshop or two in the morning and then the board meeting after lunch. The night before, Region 5 will be planning a fun event for those who travel up early.

Don’t forget about the monthly Zoom calls. Connection information will be in the Communicator and on Facebook. Also please post your events on the calendar on our NYS Women, Inc. website. We like to know when your chapter is holding events so we can help promote and also attend if we can! Reach out if you need anything. Anything! The executive committee and board are here for you!

Have a great holiday season and remember . . . Membership Matters!

Best,

Friday, December 27, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (101)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

In the Next 100 years…What will New York State Women Accomplish? It has been 100 years since Women’s Right to Vote became a reality.

            So…

“What’s next for New York State Women Inc, as the coming decades unfold?” “Will we still be advancing Powerful Women Personally, Professionally and Politically during the next 100 years?"

Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (268)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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President's Message

President's Message

I know … it isn’t January and I certainly don’t want to rush the cold and snow, but we are starting our new year with New York State Women and it’s a time to start fresh! It’s a time to make plans, to set goals and resolutions, … a time to get moving!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (524)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice

Every one of us has a story! Everyone has a journey, we invite you to let your voice be heard and tell your story to inspire others. If you have a personal achievement, a professional change or giving your voice to a political issue plaguing our society. We want to hear you and support you!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2019/Author: Communications Committee/Number of views (713)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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