Wednesday, March 22, 2006

3/22 "Lisa Tolliver Show" Roundup: Success Strategies for Businesswomen Conference, Count-Me-In, Emergency Preparedness Tip #3, & word of the day

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - Today's Lisa Tolliver Show broadcast wrapped up our Women's History Month celebration. If you missed it all's not lost; you can get the gist here. One thing you won't get, however, is why one of today's guests can aptly be called a "swinger." If you're curious about that, phone me on-air April 12 when I host SCORE Radio at 1:00 pm, Eastern Time and the Lisa Tolliver Show at 1:30 pm and I will " 'splain you," to quote the late Ricky Ricardo. Read on for details about how to tune in and phone in.

Today's guests: Click here to learn about my phenomenal guests (Lynn Connelly - Director of Sponsorships and Alliances at Home Depot, and Nell Merlino - President and CEO of Count-Me-In for Women's Economic Independence), and the upcoming Office Depot Success Strategies for Businesswomen Conference that they're partnering to offer in Florida from March 26-28. Unfortunately, neither this blog nor the above-referenced show promo can aptly capture Lynn and Nell's dynamic energy. Stay tuned...I'll be featuring many of the conference speakers in upcoming shows and other exciting initiatives driven by Office Depot, Count-Me-In and their partners. Thank you Lauren Garvey of JKG Group for booking these top notch guests! You really know how it gets done!

Emergency Preparedness Tip # 3 from the Westchester Emergency Volunteer Reserves-Medical Reserve Corps--FIRE SAFETY: Simple fire prevention practices will go far in reducing the likelihood of fires in the home or office. First, locate potential sources of ignition. They may include electrical hazards, natural gas hazards, and flammable or combustible liquids. Then do what you can to reduce or eliminate these fire hazards. Our WEVR-MRC tip for today involves ways to reduce Electrical Hazards. Click here to access it.

The word for today is "suffrage." The term does NOT refer to labor pains, child rearing or housework (often inaccurately referred to by knuckle draggers who don't help out as "women's work"). "Suffrage" is the right to vote or the exercise of that right.

A key focus each March (Women's History Month) is heroes and heroines who fought for equal rights for women, including women's suffrage. Some prominent women suffragists (a.k.a. "suffragettes" or more recently, "voting rights activists") who led the early 20th century movement to secure women's right to vote in the United States included Susan B. Anthony, Emmeline Pankhurst, Kate Sheppard, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Tubman. They and many others contributed substantially to the passage of the the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1920 to guarantee all American women the right to vote.

However, that victory was partial. As described in a Department of Justice article, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was made necessary because:

"Concerted efforts to break the grip of state disfranchisement of black Americans had been under way for some time, but had achieved only modest success overall and in some areas had proved almost entirely ineffectual. The murder of voting-rights activists in Philadelphia, Mississippi, gained national attention, along with numerous other acts of violence and terrorism. Finally, the unprovoked attack on March 7, 1965, by state troopers on peaceful marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, en route to the state capitol in Montgomery, persuaded the President and Congress to overcome Southern legislators' resistance to effective voting rights legislation. President Johnson issued a call for a strong voting rights law and hearings began soon thereafter on the bill that would become the Voting Rights Act.

Violet Liuzzo - one of the many modern-day suffragists who risked life and limb to help pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act - was the only white woman documented to have been martyred in the Civil Rights movement. Her story is told in a film that I reviewed this weekend and highly recommend. Click the following link to read: " 'Home of the Brave:' A must-watch for Women's History Month and the tail-end of '365 Days of African American History'."

On a different beat: I met jazz drummer/composer/bandleader T. S. Monk (Thelonious Sphere Monk, Jr.) at the radio station today! Mr. Monk had appeared on Air-Worthies with Mike Macagnone, and was sitting in his Benz when I parked near Mike's car. Mike couldn't believe I'd missed the show (neither could I!), and he offered to introduce me. Mr. Monk, who'd been digging a mellow jazz instrumental on his car stereo (I couldn't catch what tune), chuckled when I warned that I had no qualms about poaching from Mike's guest list and invited me to call. (Of course, I will.) MIKE: Here's a huge thank you for making the introduction to one of my musical heroes. LISTENERS: I'll give advance notice of Mr. Monk's "Lisa Tolliver Show" appearance. Not too soon, though....gotta give the WVOX audience time to miss him.

Next broadcast: Join me on New York Radio WVOX AM 1460 and on April 12. At 1:00-1:30, Eastern Time I'll be hosting SCORE Radio: Counselors to America's Small Business followed at 1:30-2:00 pm, Eastern Time by the Lisa Tolliver Show. You can also hear and share, from anywhere, via call-in line at (01) 914.636.0110. If you're listening, I'm listening. Talk with me! ###