2011 Women's Equality Day
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage, Betty Friedan lead the Women's Strike for Equality in New York City on August 26, 1970. Joined by numerous feminist leaders, including Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Bella Abzug, the strike became a national event as women joined together to celebrate the 19th Amendment and demand equality. On August 26, 1971, one year after the Women's Strike for Equality, Congress established Women's Equality Day - per a request from Congresswoman Abzug.
This year, the Florida Atlantic University Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies celebrated the 40th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day. On August 26, 2011, more than 100 supporters gathered on campus in Boca Raton, joined by elected officials, professors, and community organizations.
We heard great questions during the panel discussion "Women's Voices and Voting," moderated by Rhonda Swan, a reporter and columnist for the Palm Beach Post. Special thanks for their infectious excitement and thought-provoking answers to our panel members: Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections; The Honorable Annie Betancourt, former Florida state representative; and professors Dr. Jane Caputi and Dr. Nora Erro-Peralta from the FAU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. Finally, thanks to the elected officials and legislative staff in attendance.
"Women's Voices and Voting" panel members from left to right: Dr. Jane Caputi, Supervisor Susan Bucher, Representative Lori Berman, Dr. Nora Erro-Peralta, moderator Rhonda Swan, and The Honorable Annie Betancourt.
Co-sponsoring organizations included Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, the Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County, Junior League of the Palm Beaches, National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section, League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, Feminist Scholarship Fund, Palm Beach County National Organization for Women, Palm Beach County Young Democrats, Tara Laxer Consulting, Jewish Women's Foundation of South Palm Beach County, National Women's Political Caucus of Florida, and Compass the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
Women's Health Matters Rally
On August 23rd, 2011, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast brought more than thirty community organizations from Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties together to thank the brave elected officials who stood with Planned Parenthood and worked tirelessly to protect women’s health care during a difficult legislative session. More than 100 supporters turned out to hear inspiring keynote speeches from Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Ted Deutch.
Rep. Hazelle Rogers, Sen. Eleanor Sobel, Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, Rep. Lori Berman, Congressman Ted Deutch, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Sen. Nan Rich.
We were honored to host members of South Florida’s legislative delegation, including Senator Nan Rich, Senator Eleanor Sobel, Representative Lori Berman, Representative Hazelle Rogers, and Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, as well as staff from the offices of Representative Joseph Abruzzo and Senator Gwen Margolis.
Lillian Tamayo with Nova Med Students for Choice
Destiny DeJesus and FIU VOXers Patricia and Donique.
Thanks to all our co-sponsors: A Choice for Women, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Broward County National Organization for Women, Broward Pro Choice Coalition, Broward Women's Emergency Fund, Inc., Coconut Creek Democratic Club, Compass The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Palm Beach County, Democratic Women's Club of Northeast Broward, Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc., Equality Florida, League of Women Voters of Broward County and Palm Beach County, Med Students for Choice, Miami Clinic Access Project, Mi Lola, Miami-Dade Young Democrats, National Council of Jewish Women South Florida Coalition, NCJW Kendall, Greater Miami, Hollywood/North Dade, Northwest Broward, Palm Beach, and SE Atlantic Sections, National Organization for Women Palm Beach County, National Women's Political Caucus of Florida, Palm Beach County American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Palm Beach County Young Democrats, Progress Florida, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Southeast Florida Older Women's League, Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc., and Women's Emergency Network, Inc.
2011 Legislative Briefing
In our West Palm Beach office and via videoconference from Stuart and Vero Beach, more than 50 supporter participated in our 2011 Legislative Briefing on Thursday, May 26.
CEO Lillian Tamayo opening the briefing with introductions
Planned Parenthood supporters came to hear from their elected officials, including State Representatives Lori Berman (D-Delray Beach), Mack Bernard (D-West Palm Beach), Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) and Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) and staff representatives from other offices.
Reps Berman, Bernard, Pafford, and Clemens
Rep. Lori Berman chatting with CEO Lillian Tamayo before the briefing
Reps. Pafford, Berman, and Bernard after the briefing
2011 Stand With Planned Parenthood National Day of Action
On Saturday, March 19, Planned Parenthood supporters gathered in Boca Raton and Doral to show that they Stand With Planned Parenthood.
20th Annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon
On March 3, 2011, almost 600 men and women joined Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast at the Kravitz Center in West Palm Beach to celebrate choice. President/CEO Lillian A. Tamayo asked the activists and supporters at the luncheon to "Stand With Planned Parenthood," and captured the moment with her iPhone:
2010 Lobby Days
From July 6th to the 9th, volunteers throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast met with state and Federal Elected Officials in the area to discuss the importance of reproductive health issues and sexual health education. Over these four days, we met with over 20 elected officials and their aides, providing them with information on our wide range of services and programs, sharing stories of how Planned Parenthood has bettered our lives, and discussing their actions in the past legislative session and what we can do to garner their support in the future. Thanks to all of the volunteer lobbyists for joining Planned Parenthood in making a difference in our local communities!
Grand Opening of New Health Center in West Palm Beach
On June 24th, 2010 Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast celebrated the grand opening of its new West Palm Beach health center location. The health center, which provides numerous reproductive health care services to the community, was full as volunteers, staff, board members, elected officials, and other guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening over a community brunch, tours of the new facilities, and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The 4th Annual Miami Tradition of Choice Luncheon
Another great event in Miami with Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast! More than 130 supporters joined us April 14th in Coral Gables at the Biltmore Hotel for the 4th annual Tradition of Choice Luncheon. The Luncheon supports our Teen Time program, which in 2009 provided 22,362 South Florida teens with sexual health education and access to life saving health care.
We were proud to present keynote speaker Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ms. Richards shared her experiences at the center of the health care reform debate, and updated supporters on what health care reform means for reproductive health, for women and for Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation. Special thanks to event chairs Jack and Ruth Admire and everyone else responsible for another great event in Miami.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards
Event chairs and long-time Planned Parenthood supporters Jack and Ruth Admire
Planned Parenthood Has Pride 2010
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast staff and supporters marched in the 2010 PrideFest of the Palm Beaches Grand Parade. In keeping with this year's theme, our Super Educators, Super Advocates, Super Health Care Providers, and Super Interns donned capes and flew from downtown Lake Worth to Bryant Park on Sunday, March 28th. Joined by our supporter sidekicks, everyone at this years PrideFest of the Palm Beaches had a super time showing their pride!