October 2013 Newsletter

40 Years of Peoria NOW Party; March on Springfield for Marriage Equality Event; Citywide Celebration of Women Artists Events; Bradley Events through 2013 – Women, Gender & the Law Series + Standing Together Civil Rights 50 Years Celebration

40 Years of Peoria NOW

womenDate: Saturday, October 12
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Peoria Lakeview Library

Join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Peoria Chapter of NOW. Expected guests include students from the University of Illinois NOW Chapter. We will discuss our accomplishments and future challenges. Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Attendees: Select a topic from this list and share your stories

  • The Equal Rights Amendment
  • Discrimination in both union and non-union jobs
  • Pay equality (or lack thereof)
  • Bias in education
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Roles in the family
  • Equal access to credit

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Illinois NOW Mini State Conference

Sunday, October 6
1:30-5 PM
Joliet Public Library
Main Branch
150 N Ottawa St Joliet, IL 60432

Illinois NOW strives to bring the latest and most relevant feminist issues to attendees. We welcome ALL equality-minded individuals to come and benefit from the work we do and networking opportunities offered at our annual state conference – and this year proves to be no exception! Don’t miss this inspiring and motivational day of thought and activism!

This year’s theme is It’s About Time! Illinois NOW Takes on 2014.

Elections * Lunch * Silent Auction * President’s Award

We invite you to join us as we take on organizing and planning for actions and issues such as the 2013 March on Springfield, the state of the ERA in Illinois, and the 2014 National NOW Conference theme of racism and women of color.

More here . . .

Equal Pay Advocate Lilly Ledbetter to Speak at Bradley University

Advocate Lilly Ledbetter, whose discrimination case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, will speak at Bradley University on September 17, at 7 p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, located at 816 N. Tobias Lane. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ledbetter’s topic is “Grace and Grit: How I Won My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.”

Ms. Ledbetter worked as a supervisor at a Goodyear tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama for 19 years. Toward the end of her career, she began to suspect that she wasn’t being paid as much as her male counterparts. Intent on facing the discrimination, she brought an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Complaint against Goodyear and won. Goodyear appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and in a 5-4 decision, the Court overturned the ruling.

After the decision, legal groups and Democrats worked to introduce a bill that was signed into law in January of 2009, a law that makes it easier for women who have experienced pay discrimination to fight back.

A tireless advocate for fair pay, Ledbetter has been a featured speaker at colleges, universities, conferences, and other groups around the country, She also has made frequent television appearances.

The lecture is the first in the 2013-14 Women, Gender and the Law Series presented by Bradley’s Women’s Studies Committee.

25th Annual Duck Race

25th Annual Duck Race
The Duck Race is The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s largest fundraiser. This year will be the 25th Annual Duck Race! On August 24th, approximately 25,000 little yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into the Illinois River on the Peoria riverfront, all “racing” to the finish line to win SpecQuackular Prizes! Activities begin at noon, ducks race at 2 p.m. To enter the Duck Race go to www.duckrace.com.

1st Annual Duck Dash/Waddle

August 17

Time:  To be determined.
Place:  Gateway Building, Downtown Peoria, 200 NE Water St Peoria, IL 61614

Associated Bank proudly presents The Inaugural 5K Duck Dash and Waddle benefiting the CENTER for PREVENTION of ABUSE.  The Dash takes place on August 17th and you can register online at centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551 for registration information.

5K Duck Dash/Waddle

Betty Friedan – She Really Changed Us (lecture)

Fifty years ago Peoria’s own Betty Friedan wrote the book that opened doors for generations of women: The Feminine Mystique. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential books ever written, and Friedan herself is considered to be among history’s most important women. What was Peoria’s role in shaping her? What do we know about this woman who emerged from among us? What have we misunderstood? What is her lasting legacy? Barb Drake interviewed Friedan for The Journal Star and a WTVP Legend Special. She will provide insights into the woman and her work and how it changed us all.

ICC's Adult Community Programs Presents:
Betty Friedan – She Really Changed Us!
Wednesday, August 14

Betty Friedan – She Really Changed Us!
Fifty years ago, Peoria's own Betty Friedan wrote the book that opened doors for generations of women:  The Feminine Mystique.  It is widely regarded as on of the most influential books ever written, and Freidan herself is considered to be among history's most important women.
Barb Drake interviewed Friedan for The Journal Star and WTVP Legend Special.  She will provide insights into the woman, her work, and how it changed us all.
Wednesday, August 14  (not Tuesday as originally stated)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ICC North
Cost:  $15

ICC's Adult Community Programs

Check out our other programs HERE or call 309-690-6900 for more information


Register here: http://campusce.icc.edu/acp/course/course.aspx?C=1149&pc=82&mc=&sc=

Rape Aggression Defense System Classes

Sponsored by the Center for The Prevention of Abuse. Sessions on July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2013. The Center for Prevention of Abuse, 720 W. Joan Ct., Peoria, IL 61614​

Rape Aggression Defense System Classes

What is RADS all about?