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February 2021 BPWNC Newsletter

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6 p.m.



Should I Tell You The Truth?
by Lynn Wenzel


Lynn Wenzel will speak about the dilemmas she encountered when writing her most recent book, Puritans, Patriots and Pioneers: An American Story. The History and Genealogy of the Shallenberger, Ziemer-Hansen, Ruff-Harding-Chamberlain and Dryer Families with information on 17 other ancestrally allied families. Lynn will read a few passages from the book, focusing on those areas where she deliberated on discretion and intentionality. This dilemma is especially concerning when long-held family mysteries are revealed—secrets of grandparents or parents, even if they are no longer living. Even if what you want to write is a fact. Lynn will discuss the ethical and loving challenges of revealing nothing, part, or all. At the conclusion of the program, she will be happy to answer questions about writing genealogical and family histories or writing in general.

Lynn Wenzel is the author of three books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Ms. Magazine, Victorian Living, Down East Magazine, Newsday and many others, as well as the Union newspaper. She is a member of many genealogical and historical societies including the Nevada County Historical Society, and bemoans the dearth of history education in schools. She is Co-President of Business and Professional Women of Nevada County’s Education Fund/Scholarship Program and Director of Communications for Nevada County Citizens for Choice. She believes, as George Santayana said, that “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”


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Spotlight on Lynn Wenzel February 1, 2021
When I was 10 years old, I was already a feminist even though I didn't know what it was called. By the time I married at 19, I was very politically active against the Vietnam War and for the Civil Rights Movement.
We lived in Los Angeles in the first 7 years of our marriage and had two children. Then we moved to New Jersey and lived there for 25 years, raised our daughter and son there. I was extremely, and I mean extremely, active. I led marches in Washington DC for reproductive justice, I served as president of a NOW chapter with 500 members and I was one of the founders of the first domestic violence shelters in New Jersey.
I have been a writer my whole life. My first poem was published at age 11 in The Oakland Tribune. Later I was managing editor of "New Directions for Women," a national and international news magazine with 65,000 readers.
We bought a house in Nevada County in 1999 and moved in a year later. I followed my ancestors who had settled here in 1850.
I was motivated to get involved with BPW because I couldn't find a NOW Chapter in Nevada County.
If I could invite guests to join me at my dinner table they would be: Jesus (I've got a lot of questions I'd like to ask Him); Boadicea, the queen of an ancient Celtic tribe wholed anuprising against the Roman Empire in 60 CE; and Matilda Joslyn Gage, a feminist leader in the mid-19 century and the third author of The History of Women's Suffrage.
My words of wisdom are "it's never about you."
Black History Month
February is Black History Month and we celebrate notable Black women
who are changing our community, our country and our world.
Tracy Pepper, a BPWNC member, is founder and Director of ColorMeHuman, a 501c3 organization that works to dismantle systems of oppression both within ourselves and within the institutions of Nevada County, here on Nisenan land. Led by a multi-racial, multi-cultural team we celebrate and support the under-resourced communities in California’s second whitest county. Through community education, cross movement solidarity building, capacity building, and crisis response we aim to eliminate harm inflicted on people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals in Nevada County.

Amanda Gorman became America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017 when she was 19 years old. On January 20, 2021, she gave a reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. A graduate of Harvard University (2020), she was 22 at the time of Biden’s inauguration, making her the youngest poet selected for that honor. An author and activist, her  work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.

Kamala Devi Harris, the 49th Vice President of the United States. The first woman and the first African American to hold this office. Vice President Harris previously served in the U.S. Senate from 2017-2021 and as Attorney General of California from 2011-2017. After studying political science and economics (B.A.,1986) at Howard University, Kamala earned a law degree (1989) from Hastings College. As a deputy district attorney (1990–98) in Oakland she earned a reputation for toughness as she prosecuted cases of gang violence, drug trafficking, and sexual abuse.

Dr. Shirley Weber became the first Black woman to serve as California’s Secretary of State. We are thrilled to have her leadership and wealth of expertise serving Californians at this important juncture in history.

As the first-ever Black woman to serve as Secretary of State in California, Dr. Weber continues to demonstrate what it means to lead with a moral conscience. She is a fierce advocate for a more inclusive California and a proponent for stronger voting rights and voter protections.


Stacey Yvonne Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Abrams founded Fair Fight Action, an organization to address voter suppression in 2018. Her efforts have been widely credited with boosting voter turnout in Georgia, including in the 2020 presidential election, where Joe Biden won the state, and in Georgia's 2020–21 U.S. Senate election and special election, which gave Democrats control over the Senate. Norwegian lawmaker Lars Haltbrekken has nominated Stacey Abrams for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize based on her work to promote nonviolent change through voting.


Black Lives Matter

Since it was founded in 2013, the social movement has become a leading organization against police brutality and racism, as well as helping organize demonstrations against the death of Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last summer.

It was nominated by another Norwegian lawmaker, Petter Eide. In his nomination papers, The Guardian reported, he said BLM had forced countries to face up to racism.

"I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality," Eide said. "Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice."

by Judy McCarrick

From Our BPWNC President:

How many of you have been doing jigsaw puzzles during this pandemic? I have done a few. The fortune cookie one was most challenging—the puzzle didn’t match the cover of the box! Do you use fortunes or horoscopes to guide your future? Do you read daily inspirations to motivate you? Do you have a plan for the future? Have you made your bucket list? What are the top five things you’d like to accomplish? You could make a list for places to go or activities to do and another as resolutions. If you have already done any of these things then this month it can be a time to check in and see how hard you have progressed or settle down and finalize dates for your travels or learning opportunities. For simplicity purposes I have made a hybrid list.
My Dream List of Things to do:

  1. Make a cheese souffle
  2. Make a beautiful loaf of sourdough bread
  3. Visit every state in our country
  4. Read a book a week
  5. Reach out to a friend everyday
  6. Maintain a daily goal of 10,000 plus steps
  7. Travel around the world
  8. Resume handicrafts—knitting and needlepoint
  9. Make hand/bath soap
  10. Grow an herb garden

Make the most of your future! I’m recreating mine.
Moving Forward, Mary Sivila


As reported last month, we have begun working as a new member of the California Work & Family Coalition. Its priority this year is improving leave policies and wage replacement for workers.  Let’s look at two such proposals, one in California and one in the U.S. Congress.

In California, we continue to urge policymakers to take immediate action to expand emergency paid sick leave, so that workers aren’t forced to choose between going to work sick with COVID-19, endangering all of us during the still raging epidemic, or losing their jobs. Most recently, on behalf of BPWNC, I called and emailed our state senator, Brian Dahle, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, urging him to support including emergency sick leave in the state budget.  My message pointed out the urgency of funding emergency paid sick leave, given that California has had 3.25 million COVID cases and nearly 40,000 deaths, over 10% of the cases nationwide.  With seniors representing ¾ of the deaths in our state, I noted that, “Nevada County’s proportion of people over-65 is exceptionally large – 27%. It may take months to vaccinate them, and then more time to reach the working age population.  Meanwhile, we cannot safely, fully reopen our schools or businesses.” 

On the federal level, the board agreed to support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act.  That bill would establish a comprehensive national paid family and medical leave insurance program, building on California’s and other states’ successful paid leave programs.  Having  such a program nationwide would further equity in the workplace for all working women.  Working women have suffered most of the job losses due to COVID, and some of those losses were because they were unable to avail themselves of paid leave when needed.  The FAMILY Act would allow for paid leave related to pregnancy/childbirth and personal health issues as well as caregiving for family members who fall ill. Currently more than 100 million, or 79%, of workers, do not have paid family leave and 60% lack personal medical leave through their employers.  The FAMILY Act program also stands to benefit employers, especially small businesses, by increasing employee retention and helping level the playing field between large and small employers.  A recent small businesses survey found that 70 percent of those businesses nationwide support the FAMILY Act approach of shared payroll deductions. By including self-employed people, it would also help entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the priorities and work of the Work & Family Coalition, and how you might take action in support of emergency paid sick leave in California, go to its website. 

Elaine Sierra
Advocacy Chair

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The mission of the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County
is to support and promote equity for women in all aspects of their lives.
~To promote personal and professional development for working women.
~To advocate on National, State, and Local legislative issues of importance
to working women.
~To support the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
~To promote the education of our members and the community in matters of women's equality as it relates to economics, employment, health, education, housing, civil rights, and other issues of equal opportunity.
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