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Wisconsin 9to5 director speaks to Women’s Fund Board of Directors - September 9 2010

OSHKOSH, WI – The struggles women face raising children while succeeding at work spurred a community campaign, a policy change and then legal fight that's now in the hands of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Amy Stear, chapter director of 9to5 Milwaukee and former union organizer, has experienced the hurdles that working mothers must scale as a single mother of two. With humility and humor, she shared her experiences as a mom and as a grassroots organizer in the fight to win paid sick days for all workers in Milwaukee.

The Paid Sick Days ordinance would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days per year, making it possible for families to keep their jobs and care for their families. According to 9to5 Milwaukee, 122,000 families in the city lack sick days.

Stear spoke Wednesday to the Board of Directors of the Women's Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community at its monthly meeting.

The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the Paid Sick Days ordinance lawsuit at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Washington County Justice Center, 432 E. Washington St., West Bend.

A grassroots organization, 9to5 Milwaukee's membership includes low-income women, women transitioning from welfare to work and women who have experienced discrimination or harassment on the job.

Since 1998, the Women's Fund has provided more than $388,000 in grants to make resources available for causes of interest to women; foster among women a sense of empowerment and philanthropy; and increase awareness of women's issues. For more information, please call 920- 426-3993 or go to the Women's Fund website.

Pictured, from left: Karlene Grabner, Women's Fund Development Director;
Amy Stear, 9to5 Milwaukee Chapter Director; Sylvia McDonald, Women's Fund
President; and Kim Molitor, Women's Fund past president.
 

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