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Susan B. Anthony Awards Luncheon
March 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
*Membership dues covers only a fraction of the costs of our efforts, therefore, this annual luncheon is our only fundraiser.*
$52 per member
$67 for non-members or $87 (includes luncheon and one year membership)
$500 for Group Table of 10
Note: Tickets will NOT be mailed * Will-call at the door
Checks payable to
PO Box 7322
Delray Beach, FL 33482
Note: If paying by check, please include names & organization and send before March 1, 2018
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PAULETTE BURDICK, Feminist of the Year
County Commissioner Paulette Burdick is proud of being a citizen-politician. Her first run for office was in 1994 to the Palm Beach County School Board because of her concern for our public schools. She served sixteen years and is past-president of the South Florida Consortium of School Boards. She was recognized by the League of Cities in 2004 as School Board Member of the Year.
In November 2010, Paulette was elected to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners from District two. A fiscal watchdog, she has been directly involved with finance, including all facets of countywide budgets and she has always taken a hands-on approach. She is dedicated to improving the lives of all our citizens.
Paulette is a graduate of Northeastern University. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly kayaking and gardening. She also volunteers with the homeless at The Lord’s Place in West Palm Beach.
RUTH BERMAN & CONNIE KURTZ, Rusty Gordon Human Rights Award
Long time chapter members, Connie and Ruth have been working for LGBT rights for over thirty years. Recently U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch reintroduced to Congress the LGBT Elder Americans Act, named after the Jewish lesbian couple from West Palm Beach. Congress passed the Older Americans Act to ensure their access to essential health care services. LGBT seniors are at even greater risk of discrimination for needed services.
In 2002 an award winning documentary about their lives titled “Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in The House” received a standing ovation from those attending the event. “For forty-four years and counting, our love has kept on growing as we became immersed in the battle for equal rights”, said Ruth. They became known for their battle for LGBT rights in 1988 when they sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits.
“We have been proud of everything that has been achieved thus far, but the fight for equal rights is far from over”. Teens are bullied and are not treated with respect, but hate. Connie and Ruth started branches of PFLAG, Parent, Friends and Families of Gays and Lesbians in New York and in Florida. They were married in New York by Rabbi Sharon Kleinman on July 26, 2011, only two days following New York State allowing same-sex marriage.
About RUSTY GORDON
A long time active member of our NOW chapter until she passed away in 2009, Rusty was a pioneer in the LGBT movements. She was listed as one of the women in the book “Feminists Who Changed America” by Barbara J. Love in 2007. In 1967, she founded the Whimsy Political Clearinghouse in South Florida, with a focus on women’s studies and LGBT issues. She began producing women’s concerts and festivals in the 70’s and was an early supporter of lesbian musical artists.
She helped found the LGBT Democratic Caucus South Florida. Along with Davilyn Whims, her Life-Partner of over twenty years, they were a team coordinating the political work, the music businesses and producing Women’s Music Festivals. She was involved with NOW since its founding in 1966.
AMLONG LAW FIRM, Keynote speakers
The Amlong Law Firm has long been protecting the rights of employees in the workplace. Cases include sexual harassment, LGBT rights, hostile work environment, unpaid wages and overtime and employer retaliation.
Karen Coolman Amlong was the first state coordinator of the Florida chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and a national board member in her 20’s. She was the first woman from Broward County elected as a state legislator in 1974.
Before becoming a lawyer, Bill Amlong was an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, covering, among other things, national politics. The Miami Herald nominated him for three Pulitzer Prizes.
On March 25, 1998 Faragher V. City of Boca Raton was successfully argued in front of the U. S. Supreme Court by Bill Amlong as a violation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case centered around the sexual harassment of two female lifeguards by their supervisors. Beth Ann Faragher is now a practicing attorney in Colorado, inspired by her involvement in this historical decision.
Sheila Jaffe had met with these two lifeguards after our NOW chapter held a demonstration at a beach in Boca Raton where a young woman had been raped. They told her about the sexual harassment they were enduring, and we contacted the Amlongs, who took it from there all the way up to the Supreme Court.