GUEST SPEAKER May 19: Gay Lynne Inskeep. She spoke on the Importance of an Independent Judiciary. Gay has been with the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 1987 when she started as a trial court law clerk. She has had a lot of firsts in her career, she was the Circuit’s first Arbitration and Mediation Coordinator, the first Family Law Deputy and the first Chief Deputy Courts Administration. She was appointed Trial Courts Administrator on January 1, 2004.
As we enter into the last months of the federal election cycle and start the state cycle, we have already gone through a legislative session that saw bills introduced that would limit the terms that a judge could sit on the bench (they are already governed by a forced retirement at age 70), as well as a bill to make all judges in the state appointed by the Governor (right now appellate judges and supreme court justices are appointed). Please join us Thursday, May 19 when we welcome Gay Lynne Inskeep, and learn why now more than ever it is so important to have an independent judiciary.
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas held our 13th annual “Unhappy Hour” to mark Equal Pay Day on April12, 2016 at the St. Petersburg Museum of History on downtown St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront.
Approximately 70 people attended this year’s Unhappy Hour, including students from the University of South Florida Womens’ Empowerment Club. Part of our event’s mission is to make younger women aware of the ongoing relevance of BPW’s platform issues, particularly pay equity.
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas was presented with a proclamation from the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, declaring that April 12th was officially “Equal Pay Day” in Pinellas County, and the proclamation was read to the assembled guests by Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Charlie Justice, who also pledged the county’s full commitment to working towards equal pay for women. A second proclamation came from the city of St. Petersburg, and was presented by Sally Everett, the mayor’s Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, who spoke of the city’s commitment to partnering with organizations like BPW to make economic empowerment for women and their families a priority in St. Petersburg.