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One Moment, Please... Recognizing women in business


Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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Inside today’s Fillmore County Journal you will find a special section titled “2013 Working Women,” coming to you with the timely recognition of National Business Women’s Week -- always celebrated during the third week of October since 1938.

For me, this section points to a timeline of change. While we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go.

As a father of a son and a daughter, ages 6 and 9 respectively, I can’t fathom how they could both pursue the exact same opportunities, and yet end up earning different levels of compensation.

But, according to the 2012 Census Bureau data, women make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, and that number hasn’t changed for nearly ten years.

Why do two people who have the exact same education and experience earn different wages based on their gender? This is 2013, right?

And, what’s crazy is that this isn’t just a problem in America. This issue of inequality has been recognized around the globe, and in many cases the situation is worse in other countries.

While many of us may not remember every detail from our history books, women were not allowed to vote until 1920 - less than 100 years ago. For most of us, this seems unreal, but it’s true.

As a matter of fact, when the House of Representatives passed the Amendment to the Constitution on May 19, 1919, 304 members voted to support the Amendment while 90 were opposed. Seriously, there were 90 members voting against this Amendment?

There were people actually afraid of letting women vote?

Here’s how the Amendment read: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on Account of sex. The Congress shall have the power by appropriate legislation to enforce the provisions of this article.”

And, on June 4, 1919, when the United States Senate endorsed the Amendment, 56 members of the Senate voted to support with 25 voting against. After that, it went to the states and they began adopted the Amendment state-by-state, but not without some opposition. Georgia and Alabama rushed to pass rejections to abide to the Amendment.

Throughout the course of history since women were allowed to vote in the United States starting in 1920, we have seen sexual harassment become recognized as a serious problem with serious con .....
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Guest Commentary: The reality of wars and elections

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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By Jeff Erding A couple of editorials recently expressed the view that “in war, there are no winners.” One was in the Rochester paper and the other was in the Fillmore County Journal and submitted by a person I like and respect. I’m puzzled a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: A threat to our bluffs

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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By Jim Gurley Hillsdale Township, Winona, MN An important public hearing is coming up about efforts to take away our bluffland protections adopted by the county just a few years ago. Rural AND city residents need to attend, and instruct the commis ..... 
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Jade & the Eggplant

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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The dreaded “W” word approaching. The days are getting shorter, colder, and soon the ground will be white with that other four letter “S” word that often goes along with the aforementioned “W” word. This year, more than years previous, I ..... 
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It’s time for an intervention

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
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The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what? Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an e ..... 
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Obamacare and the government shutdown...we can do better

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
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By Stan Gudmundson If you are wondering about the government shutdown, there are a few things you might want to think about. But to summarize it in a nutshell and provide everything you essentially need to know about “Obamacare,” consider that ..... 
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Tales of the White Front: Part 4

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
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Life is made of many moments large and small strung together like pearls in a necklace. Some of my memories are fragments but remain vivid and surface when triggered by a current incident. The two years following our purchase of the White Front wa ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Positive and tangible

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
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While “government shutdown” has become the hot topic of our national news coverage, which is understandable, I have become more interested in our local business developments -- namely because they are more positive and tangible. Every city in ..... 
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Throw us a bone

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
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By Eric Leitzen Yes, it’s time once again for me to talk about those confusing young whippersnappers born between 1981 and the year 2000. I know it seems like I harp on this a lot, but as an unofficial representative from this age group, I figure ..... 
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