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Maude Standish: Why I’m Bucking the Trend and Not Taking My Fiancé’s Name

This is a very interesting take on why women keep their last name when getting married.  Today, I am hearing this conversation happen more and more amongst women who are planning to walk down the aisle.  I certainly enjoyed reading this story and the decision of this young bride.  Be You!

“My mom is a Boomer and I’m a Millennial — two quite different generations — and yet we both made the decision to keep our maiden names. It isn’t shocking that I would follow in my mother’s footsteps. What is surprising is that as a Millennial woman, I’m more alone in making this choice than my Boomer mother was… For the last two decades, the already small portion of American women who keep their maiden names has been shrinking. The highest that figure got was 23 percent in the nineties. By the early eighties, it had dropped to 18 percent. In 2011, TheKnot.com surveyed 19,000 newlywed women and found that only 8 percent kept their last names.”  Maude Standish: Why I’m Bucking the Trend and Not Taking My Fiancé’s Name.

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Do Women Need Bras? French Study Says Brassieres Are A ‘False Necessity’

Women who go braless may actually have the right idea, new research suggests.  Read more and say what you think:

Do Women Need Bras? French Study Says Brassieres Are A ‘False Necessity’.

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Women Who Shine

I received an email notification from Yahoo and let me tell you I was quite surprised.  Here is a letter written by my best friend nominating me for their award.  So please indulge me as I am truly honored and certainly would like your support:

Dear Friends and Family:

I am nominating my best friend from High School, Roslyn Ridgeway for Yahoo’s Women Who Shine Award.   Roslyn has devoted over 20 years to Community Service, Nonprofit Leadership and has been a voice for all Women, while Motivating and Inspiring them to find abundant success.  This would be a great honor for her and I would appreciate all of your assistance in helping Roslyn become the honoree.

Please Vote for Roslyn!  It only takes less than a minute of your time to cast your vote for her, by clicking on this link Women Who Shine.  Also please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts on why Roslyn should win this award.

By the way, take the liberty of sharing this with your friends.  The more people who vote, the greater Roslyn’s chances are at winning.

Thank you


So, join Karen and I by casting your vote today!

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Honoring Women in Washington, DC

Last Tuesday evening several of us attended a reception held by the Coalition for Women’s Appointments (BPW Foundation is a member of this Coalition) saluting women appointees in the Obama Administration.  It was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC and was packed.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke and demonstrated her great sense of humor and Coalition Chair Irene Natividad was generous with compliments for the Coalition of Women Appointees and the event’s co-sponsors including BPW Foundation.  Secretary Sebelius was a Coalition recommendation and we took full credit. Most of the women’s groups were represented.  Tina Tchen, Director White House Office of Presidential Personnel and Executive Director White House Council on Women and Girls spoke and was charming as usual.  The new Director of White House Personnel, Nancy Hogan, said that there are over 1,000 women appointees in the Obama Administration.  325 Appointees RSVPd to the event and the room and mezzanine were near capacity with over 300 people. Check out the attached picture of Secretary Sebelius, myself and Debbie.

Reception-Presidential Appointees

Me, Secretary Sebelius, CEO Frett

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