Women Remain Underrepresented Across Organizations

From entry level to the C-suite, women are underrepresented at US corporations, less likely to advance than men, and face more barriers to senior leadership. In fact, at the rate of progress of the past three years, it will take more than 100 years for the upper reaches of US corporations to achieve gender parity.

These are the principal findings of Women in the Workplace, a study undertaken by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey to encourage female leadership and gender equality in the workforce. Some 118 companies and nearly 30,000 employees participated in the study, building on a similar effort conducted by McKinsey in 2012.1The new study revealed that despite modest improvements, the overarching findings were similar: women remain underrepresented at every level of the corporate pipeline, with the disparity greatest at senior levels of leadership (exhibit).

Women in the Workplace found that for numerous reasons, women are simply less likely than men to advance: they experience an uneven playing field, with their odds of advancement lower at every level; there is a persistent leadership gap in the most senior roles; gender diversity is not widely believed to be a priority; and while employee programs designed to help balance work and family are abundant, participation is low among both sexes due to concerns that using them will negatively affect their careers.

This is an edited extract from Women in the Workplace, a study undertaken by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey. For more information, visit womenintheworkplace.com.

These 11 Comfort Food Restaurants in Missouri Are All You Need This Season

These 11 Comfort Food Restaurants In Missouri Are All You Need This Season

When the weather gets colder, there’s nothing like warming up with some tasty comfort food. Here are some of my favorite places to get the most delicious homestyle classics in Missouri.

  1. Sweetie Pie’s – St. Louis

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Soul food? Check.
Mississippi-style cooking? Check.
Out of this world mac ‘n cheese? Double check.

4270 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

  1. Cookin’ From Scratch – Newburg

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Located adjacent to a gas station, Cookin’ From Scratch may not look like much, but it serves up some of the best fried chicken in Missouri.

90 Truman St.
Newburg, MO 65550

  1. Dixon’s Famous Chili – Independence

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This dive has been around for almost 100 years. The original owner wouldn’t even allow ketchup in his restaurant, because he was confident his chili was just that good.

9105 E US Hwy 40
Independence, MO 64055

  1. The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery- Kimmswick

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I bet your apple pie at Thanksgiving is pretty good, but can it stack up (literally) to the Levee High Apple Pie at Blue Owl? This delectable pie is comprised of 18 apples and weighs 13 lbs of ooey-gooey deliciousness!

Address: 6116 2nd St.
Kimmswick, MO 63053

  1. The Brick – Kansas City

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The Brick was featured on the Food Network TV show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Visitors rave about their amazing meatloaf sandwich.

Address: 1727 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

  1. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe – Sprinfield

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Come to Gailey’s for some buttery biscuits slathered with savory gravy.

220 E Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65806

  1. SugarBot Sweet Shop – St. Charles

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Because every once in a while, cookies are the answer to a bad day. This dessert shop perfects classic chocolate chip cookies, while putting their own twist on other amazing desserts.

433 Jackson St.
St Charles, MO 63301

  1. Potpie – Kansas City

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A restaurant dedicated to comfort food and known for their potpies. Try the, “Murdering of beef and mushroom potpie”, you won’t regret it.

904 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

  1. Gordon’s Stoplight Drive-In – Crystal City

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When on the road, a simple triple-stacked burger and french fries always seems to hit the spot.

500 Bailey Rd.
Crystal City, MO 63019

  1. Dressel’s Public House – St. Louis

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Grilled cheese is pretty simple to make, but Dressel’s goes above and beyond to ensure the perfect cheesy melt. Paired with tomato soup, it’s a perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day.

419 N Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

  1. Lambert’s Cafe – Sikeston

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If you haven’t heard of Lambert’s, hear about them now. They’re known for their “throwed rolls” and after you bite into one, you’ll know why.

2305 E. Malone Ave.
Sikeston, MO 63801


Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Missouri

The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Missouri That’s Nothing Short Of Magical

Much like listening to only one Christmas song, visiting only one Christmas lights display is just never enough during the holiday season. This family road trip will put you in the holiday spirit and leave you in awe.

Click here to view the full set of directions for this road trip.

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Crown Center Mayor’s Christmas Lighting – Kansas City

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This Christmas display takes place right in the heart of the city. On November 25th, a ceremony is held where you can watch the Mayor turn on the Christmas tree lights.

The Link
Kansas City, MO 64108

Jackson County Christmas In The Park

Jackson County Parks + Rec

Longview Lake tends to be a favorite path for cyclists. So it would be no surprise that the city would include bicycles in its Christmas lights display.

Longview Lake Campgrounds
1499 SW County Park Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 65064

Festival of Lights – Chillicothe

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This light display was recommended by one of our readers and upon more research, it’s no wonder why! Part of this display includes Santa flying an airplane, which you won’t find in the other light displays.

Simpson Park
Chillicothe, MO 64601

Latchford Christmas Lights – Callao

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Putting on an amazing Christmas light show isn’t just for the professionals. The Lathford home in Callao annually decorates their property with fantastic light fixtures that are so bright, you can see them from the highway.

Winter Wonderland At Tilles Park – St. Louis

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This magical winter wonderland is open to vehicle traffic and carriage rides Sunday thru Friday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm and goes until New Year’s Day

Tilles Park 9551 Litzinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

Wild Lights – St. Louis

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What’s even better than seeing all the animals at the Saint Louis Zoo? Walking through brilliant Christmas lights throughout the park to visit each exhibit. Wild Lights is a must see when you’re passing through St. Louis.

1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Eureka

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

This magical kingdom is open from November 18th-January 8th and features train and wagon rides through its multicolor spectacular. Don’t forget to get a photo with Santa while you’re there.

5300 Fox Creek Road
Eureka, Missouri 63069

Enchanted Village of Lights – Laurie

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Located at the Laurie Fairgrounds, Enchanted Village of Lights is one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri.

Laurie Fairgrounds
269 Fairgrounds Drive
Laurie, MO 65037

Bagwell Lights – Springfield

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Another local Missouri family took holiday decor to the next level! Check out Bagwell Lights in residential Springfield which might remind you of the competing neighbors in the movie, “Deck The Halls.”

2008 E Cambridge St.
Springfield, Missouri

Old Christmas Time – Branson

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Old Christmas Time in Silver Dollar City is known as one of the best light displays in the country! And lucky for us, it’s located right in Branson.

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy
Branson, MO 65616

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays!


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How the President of the United States is Elected

Start with the Constitution. The basic process of selecting the President of the United States is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, and it has been modified by the 12th, 22nd, and 23rd amendments. Many additional steps have been added over the years, by custom and by state law — the process has changed quite a bit over time.

Who Can Run? The President and Vice-President are elected every four years. They must be at least 35 years of age, they must be native-born citizens of the United States, and they must have been residents of the U.S. for at least 14 years. (Also, a person cannot be elected to a third term as President.)

How Do the Political Parties Choose Their Candidates? That’s up to the political parties. Most political parties hold conventions, which are large meetings attended by “delegates.” Some delegates are selected by state “primary” elections, some are selected by state caucuses (very much like primaries, except with public voting instead of secret ballots), and some are chosen for their prominence in the party. A majority of delegate votes is needed to win the party’s nomination. In most cases, the delegates let their chosen presidential candidate select a vice-presidential candidate.

Candidates for President and Vice-President Run Together. In the general election, each candidate for President runs together with a candidate for Vice-President on a “ticket.” Voters select one ticket to vote for; they can’t choose a presidential candidate from one ticket and a vice-presidential candidate from another ticket.

The Electoral College. The national presidential election actually consists of a separate election in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia; in these 51 elections, the voters are really voting for “electors” pledged to one of the tickets. These electors make up the “Electoral College.” (In most cases, the names of the electors aren’t written on the ballot; instead the ballot lets voters choose among “Electors for” each of the tickets, naming the presidential and vice-presidential candidates each slate of electors is pledged to.)

Each state has the same number of electors as it has senators and representatives (there are two senators from each state, but the number of representatives depends on the state population in the most recent census). The District of Columbia, although it isn’t a state, also participates in presidential elections — it currently has three electors.

The People in Each State Vote for Electors in the Electoral College. In most of the states, and also in the District of Columbia, the election is winner-take-all; whichever ticket receives the most votes in that state (or in D.C.) gets all the electors. (The only exceptions are Maine and Nebraska. In these states, just two of the electors are chosen in a winner-take-all fashion from the entire state. The remaining electors are determined by the winner in each congressional district, with each district voting for one elector.)

The Electoral College Votes for the President. The Electoral College then votes for President and for Vice-President, with each elector casting one vote; these votes are called electoral votes. Each elector is pledged to vote for particular candidates for President and Vice-President. In most elections, all the electors vote in accordance with the pledge they made; it is not clear what would happen in the unlikely event that a large number of electors violated their pledge and voted differently.

Normally, one of the candidates for President receives a majority (more than half) of the electoral votes; that person is elected President. That candidate’s vice-presidential running mate will then also receive a majority of electoral votes (for Vice-President), and that person is elected Vice-President.

If There’s No Electoral College Winner, the House of Representatives Chooses the President. In the rare event that no presidential candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes, then the President is chosen instead by the House of Representatives, from the top three presidential vote-getters in the Electoral College; each state delegation in Congress casts one vote. (The Vice-President would be chosen from the top two vice-presidential vote-getters by the Senate.)

This is bizarre! Does it really work this way? Yes. There are many arguments pro and con the Electoral College, but this system does guarantee that the person elected President has substantial support distributed throughout the U.S. The Electoral College has also been a major factor in the United States’ long-term political stability.


NEWS RELEASE: Sharron Sutton 2016-17 BWM State President


Sharron Sutton 2016-17 BWM State President

Sharron Sutton, Joplin, was installed as president of Business Women of Missouri at the April 22-24, 2016 Annual State Conference, Camden on the Lake, Lake Ozark, MO.

Ms. Sutton, a member of Joplin BWM Club since 1993, held the local club’s offices of recording secretary, vice president, president elect, and is currently president. At the state level, she has served as Bylaws chair, Nomination chair, Individual Growth chair, State Conference chair, parliamentarian for board of directors meetings, regional director, and served on the BWM state executive committee.

Sutton chose “Just One Woman Can” as her logo to focus on women helping women. Her colors represent red for women’s health, pink for breast cancer, yellow for uniting military women, purple for domestic violence, and green for the BWM logo.

A 29-year employee of Pennington Drug-Amerisource Bergen, Sutton worked in the Data Processing and Customer Service Departments. After Amerisource closed the Joplin office, she worked at H&R Block for ten years. She has been an active member of the Blendville Christian Church for 35 years, where she has served as primary Sunday school teacher, the Fellowship Committee Chair, and most recently fixed lunches for the teachers and staff at Irving/Emerson Grade School for Teacher Appreciation.

Sutton has one son Randy, four grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Her grandson Gatlyn will graduate from high school in 2016.

Business Women of Missouri was established in 1921 and celebrated its 95th annual state conference. BWM state conferences feature dynamic speakers, recognition of members, awards, installation of officers, and meetings to conduct BWM business. BWM’s mission is to empower women personally, professionally, and politically. For more information about Business Women of Missouri visit businesswomenmo.org

Submitted by Linda Fisher

BWM Publicity Chair



My Mom Taught Me Why Minimum Wage is Women’s Issue

DALLAS (WOMENSENEWS)– Across the U.S., states are debating raising the minimum wage.

In Missouri, where I grew up, supporters are gathering petitions for ballot initiatives. One would increase it to $9 an hour from $7.65 and then a dollar a year until it is $15.

I know what this fight means for people because I grew up with one of the hardest workers, my mom. She worked at a uniform manufacturing plant in Missouri for 30 years. Most minimum wage workers today are women with similar struggles as my mom.

My mom woke up every morning at 4:30 a.m., made lunches, cooked a hot breakfast for the family (I’m talking bacon and eggs) and then drove an hour north of where we lived to work in an enclosed room with no ventilation, applying airplane glue to seams on rainwear.

In an effort to cover costs with the mileage she put on our vehicle, she picked up fellow workers along the route and they paid her to carpool.

She consistently received recognition plaques for her work attendance. She made it to work even when the roads were icy and schools were shut down. No one else dared drive 10 miles to work at 5:30 in the morning, let alone 45 miles.

She would return from work and start her second job of cooking and cleaning at home. She never received a living wage.

Piece Price System

Her company used the piece price system versus an hourly wage. For anyone unfamiliar with this payment system, here’s the Merriam-Webster definition: a convict labor system in which a private contractor furnishes the raw materials and pays the government a stipulated price for the work done on each piece or article produced.

Just change the term “convict” to “employee” and you get the gist.

My mom also worked a weekend job for a couple of years for additional income at another manufacturing company where she worked Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

If it weren’t for my father’s Air Force retirement check and the job he worked after, we would not have been able to afford our middle-class existence.

Through all of this, my mom was the happiest person. Now I know part of her happiness may have been from the airplane glue but those working conditions have caused multiple health issues in her later life. She battles daily with memory loss and pulmonary issues. None of the treatment for this was covered by her employer.

This same employer moved the work site and her job to Honduras in the early 1990s. No fanfare, no severance package, no retirement benefits.

In the U.S., 3.3 million workers earn the hourly minimum or less, according to PEW Research.

Around 77 percent of the workers at or below the federal minimum wage are white, half are women and they are more likely to live in the South, also according to PEW.

I was paid $2.01 per hour as a waitress 25 years ago in Missouri. Current federal minimum pay for the same position is $2.13. We’ve only increased the mandated minimum wage for tipped employees 12 cents in the last quarter century.

Around 55 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

U.S. Ranks Almost Last

If we actually review the trend of wages and cost of living over the last two and half decades the U.S rankssecond to lowest, undercut only by China at $2.24 an hour.

Any person making minimum wage, in any state, working a 40-hour work week will have to pay more than 30 percent of their earnings for a fair-market-value, one-bedroom apartment, according to an analysis by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The fewest hours of work needed in the continental U.S. to cover the one-bedroom apartment is 49 hours in South Dakota. The highest is Maryland with 101 hours.

I know that some businesses, especially small ones, say they just can’t afford to increase minimum wage.

If that’s the case, perhaps the owners should look at better-revenue options, such as merging with other organizations or creating cooperative partnerships to reduce overhead. Whatever it takes any employer worthy of that name should divert enough funds to pay the minimum wage. If not, it’s probably operating so close to the edge of insolvency that another business-related expense, whatever it may be, will probably put the company over that line.

We need to start making federal changes to increase the minimum wage for women like my mom and other families who are struggling for the middle class dream.

Jeannie Rickey is the director of the Office of Admissions Processing at Texas Woman’s University and a public voices fellow with The OpEd Project. Prior to that, she spent 21 years in the corporate world, in various finance and human resources roles.

Celebrate the 95th Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote

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Anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Conference (July 19 and 20) 

On July 19-20, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the first women’s rights convention in American History. Over 300 women and men came to Seneca Falls, New York to protest the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life. This marked the first public petition for women’s right to vote.

Women’s Equality Day – August 26, 2015 is the 95th Anniversary of Women in the United States Winning the Right to Vote.


On August 26, 1920, after three generations of an unrelenting, brilliant, courageous, political campaign, women in the United States won the right to vote. This date is commemorated every year as Women’s Equality Day. Download the Women’s Equality Day Brochure and make copies to distribute at your event.

In celebration of the 95th anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote. We have designed special 95th Anniversary Foil Stickersand  95th Anniversary Buttons

Either of the following kits are perfect for any event or celebration that honors women and democracy.  They include posters, balloons, bookmarks, banners, stickers, speeches, electronic logos Celebrating Women & Democracy Kit and Women’s Equality Day Kit

For a variety of posters, balloons, banners, bookmarks, speeches, electronic logos, stickers and educational materials, visit the NWHP Store’s Women’s Rights and Women’s Equality Day Resources.



Women Owned Business Statistics

National Association of Women Business Owners


  • More than 9.1 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.4 trillion in sales as of 2014.
  • Women-owned firms (50% or more) account for 30% of all privately held firms and contribute 14% of employment and 11% of revenues.
  • Over the past seven years, the overall increase of 8.3 million (net) new jobs is comprised of a 9.2 million increase in employment in large, publicly traded corporations, combined with a 893,000 decline in employment among smaller, privately held companies.

Million Dollar Businesses

  • One in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.
  • 4.2% of all women-owned firms have revenues of 1 million or more.

Women Veterans and Military Spouses Get Financial Support Program

Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation Foundations Launch Financial Literacy Support Program for Women Veterans and Military Spouses During Financial Literacy Month

( Washington, DC ) – Alliant Credit Union Foundation and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation are partnering to provide free financial education, counseling, and tools for the rapidly growing community of women veterans and military/veteran spouses served by Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® to promote and facilitate economic stability and prosperity in their civilian lives.

These financial literacy resources will be available to all members of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® online employment mentoring platform through a designated Financial Literacy Portal with access to online, phone, and one-to-one counseling and education.

Alliant Credit Union and BPW Foundation will jointly seek additional credit union partners to join a consortium that leverages individual business strategies, marketplace strengths, and geography to meet the diverse and expanding needs of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® women veterans and military/veteran spouses. The consortium will develop and oversee financial resources that include helping younger women veterans establish credit, military spouses facing portability challenges as a result of frequent moves, older women veterans looking to plan for retirement or second careers, caregivers of wounded warriors saddled with responsibility for family finances, as well as entrepreneurs and business owners seeking advice and access to capital.

David Mooney, Alliant Credit Union President/CEO, has championed financial literacy initiatives across a broad spectrum of consumers, including children and women. Alliant Credit Union Foundation’s early support of BPW Foundation’s 2010 Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit helped identify and focus attention on the specific financial education needs of women leaving the military. Subsequent research and learning led to the development of a tailored financial literacy library in a trusted setting to respond to the overwhelming need among women veterans and military/veteran spouses.

“There is no question that our Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® audience of women veterans and military/veteran spouses needs access to financial literacy tools and education to find and understand the resources that will enable them to support themselves and their families. Alliant Credit Union’s commitment to providing financial literacy for women in general, and military women in particular, makes them the ideal lead partner for this consortium. BPW Foundation is grateful for the continuing support of Dave Mooney, Alliant Credit Union and its Foundation,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO. “We are excited at the prospect of offering our audience a unique credit union membership opportunity as well as credentialed, personal one-to-one counseling and education. Alliant Credit Union’s online presence affords us the ideal launchpad for an expanding partnership with credit unions across the U.S. 

David Mooney added, “The purpose of Alliant Credit Union Foundation is to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency. One way we do this is by supporting financial literacy-related initiatives. It’s especially gratifying for us to provide such assistance to women veterans and military/veteran spouses through our partnership with BPW Foundation.”

The Credit Union Financial Literacy Portal is the latest addition to the growing list of free resources and information available to women veterans and military/veteran spouses via BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® internet platform, which connects volunteer working women mentors and subject matter expertise to support success in the civilian workplace. The program’s “Working Women Helping Women Work” philosophy builds on a workforce development model to help women veterans and military/veteran spouses navigate their individual challenges finding and succeeding in civilian careers.

BPW Foundation identified employment and career mentoring as a critical need of transitioning women veterans during its inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit in October 2010. First Lady Michelle Obama recognized this “mentorship gap” in the White House’s selection of BPW Foundation as the lead organization for a large-scale mentoring initiative to benefit women veterans and military/veteran spouses. BPW Foundation has since forged partnerships with more than 54 corporations and non-profit organizations to fulfill this mandate, and at the recent White House Champions for Change: Women Veterans event The First Lady recognized BPW Foundation “for the exceptional work that they do every day for women veterans.”

About BPW Foundation

BPW Foundation supports workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, their families, communities, and businesses. BPW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) research and education organization. To learn more, visit http:www.bpwfoundation.org. Please sign up to join the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® community as a member, mentee, mentor, or subject matter expert at Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®.

About Alliant Credit Union Foundation

Alliant Credit Union Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization established in 2009 via a $4 million grant from Alliant Credit Union. The foundation and credit union are both headquartered in Chicago near O’Hare International Airport at 11545 W. Touhy Avenue . The foundation’s purpose is to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, especially for people in the communities in which Alliant Credit Union members and employees live and work. One way it does this is by supporting programs that enhance education and financial literacy. The foundation makes charitable contributions, supports financial literacy activities and makes investments to fund community development projects. The foundation, a legal entity separate from the credit union, is managed by a board of directors comprised of Alliant employees.

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It Will Take Decades to Close The Gender Wage Gap Study Shows

|A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research forecasts the national gender wage gap will close in the year 2058. That means women will not receive equal pay for the next 43 years. In some states, it will take even longer. Right now, federal data shows women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the equal pay debate.