WHAT: “Diversi-Tea: Writing Women Back Into History,” hosted by Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas,” is a “not-so-high-tea” that will feature a hat fashion show, light fare and a cash bar, and an exchange of ideas. Dress hats are encouraged.
WHEN: Saturday, August 23, 2014
1 p.m., Registration and Networking; 2 – 4 p.m., Program and Conversation
WHERE: The Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd St So., St. Petersburg
WHY: To celebrate National Women’s Equality Day—the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. During the suffrage movement, women relied on tea houses and teas as gathering places for meetings and fundraising. BPW’s observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment but calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, a BPW community partner, will be present with a voter registration table.
“New to the Tea this year is our emphasis on diversity—a critical piece of BPW’s strategic efforts to be relevant to our members and to the greater community,” said Alizza Punzalan-Randle, President of BPW / St. Petersburg-Pinellas. “We look forward to hosting a diverse group of women who will engage in a range of conversations resulting from the variety of hats that will be on parade.”
COST: The public is invited to attend this ticketed event. Admission: BPW Members, $20; Non-BPW Members, $25; Day of the event, $30. Make advance reservations online. For more information, visit www.BPWStPetePinellas.org.
About Business and Professional Women (BPW)/St. Petersburg-Pinellas
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas is the local chapter of BPW/Florida, which is affiliated with the national BPW Foundation. Founded in 1919 at the national and state levels, and in 1966 at the local level, BPW crosses generations, occupations and political parties. BPW’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Four issues are at the core of BPW/FL’s legislative platform: the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (authored by Alice Paul and passed by the U.S. Congress in 1972 but yet to be ratified as a Constitutional amendment by the Florida legislature); economic equity, opportunity and self-sufficiency; higher education; and health care.
BPW’s signature activities for 2014-15 include: “Diversi-Tea: Writing Women Back Into History” celebrating National Women’s Equality Day on August 23; the Working Women’s Fall Forum, “From Grasshopper to Queen Bee: Mentoring Relationships That Buzz” on October 23; professional development workshops scheduled monthly from November to March; and Unhappy Hour observing National Equal Pay Day in April 2015. Alizza Punzalan-Randle, Community Engagement Manager for All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, is the 2014-15 President. General membership meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 400 Beach Drive Seafood and Tap House in Downtown St. Petersburg. www.BPWStPetePinellas.org