Commission on Women
FEDERALLY EMPLOYED WOMEN AND LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOST KENTUCKY COMMISSION ON WOMEN KIPDA REGIONAL MEETING
Frankfort, KY: The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Louisville and Derby City Chapter, Federally Employed Women, Inc., (FEW), hosted the 2006 Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) KIPDA Regional Meeting on August 26, 2006, at the Lang House, Ewing Ave, Louisville. Fifty people attended the event including several candidates running for Jefferson County office. FEW’s National President Rhonda Trent, Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense - Air Force presented the keynote address on FEW legislative priorities including: issues considered of utmost importance to female federal workers, issues that impact all federal employees regardless of gender, and issues that affect all women.
Paula Parkerson of Kentucky Financial Group presented the Women and Money segment. Ms. Parkerson identified five important elements of financial planning: Investment, Risk Management, Tax Planning, Estate Planning and Cash Flow Management. Ms. Parkerson informed attendees that eighty percent of women are going to be left alone with their money and most will have had little involvement with money management.
A legislative panel consisting of State Representative Joni Jenkins, State Senator Gerald Neal, State Representative Scott Brinkman and State Senator Denise Harper Angel addressed issues affecting the women of Kentucky. Topics included the Pay Equity Bill and the Minimum Wage Bill. Statistics show women outlive their partners and make seventy percent of the decisions on how money is spent. When women are paid equally for comparable work, those funds go back into the economy. Pay equity makes economic cents for Kentucky’s Women.
KCW Executive Director Glenda R. Woods opened the meeting in remembrance and commemoration of Women’s Equality Day, and closed the meeting with statistics on Kentucky’s women. “The average age of a widow in America today is 56 and retirement planning for women must begin at an early age,” Woods said. Woods thanked Rhonda Smith, Derby City Chapter FEW, for serving as the KCW KIPDA Regional Coordinator and Mary Lou Andres (FEW) and Teena Halbig (LWV) for their valuable assistance and support.
The KCW is housed within the Office of the Governor. For more information on the work of the KCW, visit their Website: www.women.ky.gov or call (502) 564-6643.