A Story of Women in Florida

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by ZontaDoris We recently published a post on Hidden Figures, the book and movie about the African-American women who worked for NASA and its predecessor agencies in the 1940′s and 1950′s. The surprise we club members had was magnified many times over by millions of Americans learning that brilliant minority women had contributed mightily as mathematicians …

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Women and IPV in Pinellas County: What Can We Do?

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by ZontaDoris Do you know anyone with IPV? Many people do not know the acronym even though IPV is a serious, preventable public health problem in our community. IPV is short for Intimate Partner Violence, a reference term for aggressive behaviors that occur between partners in life such as husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, or gay/lesbian couples. The …

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Wear Orange on June 2-3 to Honor Gun Violence Victims and Spark Change

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by ZontaDoris Have you heard?  National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 2. Kathleen McGrory, staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, recently interviewed Michelle Gajda, Florida chapter leader of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Gajda explained that the national Wear Orange campaign is intended to end gun violence and save …

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A Little of This, a Little of That…but Never Whatever

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by ZontaDoris I wanted to learn to make things that tasted good. So I asked for and received precise instruction from talented cooks in my family. (Yeah…right!) The reality is that I picked up tips from incredible culinary artists close to me, however, they were seldom exact. It was mainly “put in a little of this, …

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Human Trafficking Brush-Up for Salon & Barbershop Owners & Community Advocates

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by ZontaDoris Something good is happening here…through outreach for Zonta, I found out about an educational event on human trafficking to be convened at St. Petersburg College on March 20, next Monday. It is intended to build awareness of human trafficking in our area and will feature both global and local experts, as well as human …

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Hidden Figures: 3 “Colored Computers” Who Helped US Race into Space

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By ZontaDoris “We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?”  –a Ghanaian teacher in The Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Maybe …

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This is what democracy looks like…

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by ZontaDoris On Saturday, January 21, I participated in the Women’s March for Social Justice in St. Petersburg, FL. More than 20,000 came to walk a one-mile route to “get involved in social justice issues at a critical time.” (Amy Weintraub quoted in “Protest is largest in city’s history,” by Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times)

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Respect. Give it. Get it. Teen Dating Done Right.

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by ZontaDoris Our Club worked with Kim Delillo at the Haven, our Northern Pinellas Domestic Violence Center, and Melissa Dohme, teen dating violence survivor, from Hands Across the Bay, to host a great presentation for students at East Lake High School on December 16. Check out the pictures and short report below. We were pleased …

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