Over time, women have made measurable strides in the fight for equality. Issues include the right to be free from sexual violence, the right to vote and hold public office, legal rights for property or family law and in the workplace, rights to fair wages and equal pay, rights to education and reproductive rights - the list goes on.
Yet, despite the progress made in the struggle for gender equality, women still face physical violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers to equal participation in our society. Drains on safety net services and unequal wages are attacks on our poor, the majority of whom are women.
Join us as we examine these issues, discussing options open for those who do not believe in second-class status for women.
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Anna Eskamani -
Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.
A first generation Iranian-Americans whose mother died when she was 13, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees at UCF. Last semester, Anna — who is working on a doctoral degree in public affairs — began teaching there as an adjunct professor.
Carol Bartleson -
Community Organizer and Co-Founder of “Village Voices”.
Carol found her calling volunteering with Obama for America 2008 and Organizing for America 2012, serving as both a Canvass Captain and Neighborhood Team Leader in Brevard County. She was selected in 2012 as one of Florida’s 29 Presidential Electors. She also served as a skilled volunteer for the 2016 Presidential Election.
In January, Carol, with the assistance of a small group of local activists, founded the non-profit action group, Village Voices, Inc. Carol feels, “We need to build on our progress here by using 2017 to motivate, energize, and educate, both voters and volunteers in preparation for 2018 and 2020.”
Carol never gave up her career in accounting and has worked as a consultant on business valuations to this day.
Alberta “Laquasia” Clinkscales -
President, Space Coast Cultural Arts & Business Organization, V.P., Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc., and Executive Director of FCBCP’s Community Economic Development Initiatives (CEDI) program. She is also a Registered Nurse in the heart center at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
Alberta grew up in poverty in Jamaica Queens N.Y. where she witnessed much despair and unfulfilled dreams amongst the residents, especially those most vulnerable, the youth. She has dedicated over 25 years of her life, volunteering over 150,000 hours of service with several community organizations
Vicki Impoco -
Past President, Brevard NOW, SCPA and The Peace Coalition.
Vicki is the past President of Brevard NOW, the SCPA, The Peace Coalition and the former FL State Volunteer Coordinator for AFSC's (American Friends Service Committee) “Eyes Wide Open” - The Human
Cost Of War Exhibition. She currently leads Brevard NOW's “Indivisible” effort, The “Trillionaires For Trump”, and is a Planned Parenthood volunteer. “She retired this year, after working 40 years as an Intensive Care Nurse.