Monday, October 25, 2010

Patt Morrison for Tues, 10/26/2010 - LIVE FROM THE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE, LONG BEACH




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

1-3 p.m.




1:00 – 1:20

Billie Jean King

Sure, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor and she founded the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, Women’s Sports Magazine and co-founded GreenSlam, an environmental initiative for the sports industry and yes, it is true that she serves on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and we can’t forget that she won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis titles, including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon. But, you may have to admit that isn’t what you remember her for, is it? In 1973, Billie Jean King played in and won what many consider the most famous tennis match of all time, the infamous game dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” Somehow, her defeat of tennis legend Bobby Riggs brought attention and legitimacy to women’s tennis and to female athletes in a way that nothing before it had managed to do. From struggling to get by on $100 dollars a week as a playground instructor to recognized Global Mentor for Gender Equality – we welcome to the court, Billie Jean King.



Billie Jean King


1:20 – 1:40

Working in a man's world (well, it used to be)

It's 1950 and you're a woman. What do you do all day? Assumedly, you get up early, make lunch for your husband and three little ones, rush them off to work and the school bus respectively, vacuum, do some laundry, make dinner, pick the kids up from school, and then try to get to bed at a decent hour in preparation for tomorrow. Flash forward to 2010 - there are still many homemakers, but women are very much a part of the working world, with jobs ranging from receptionists to CEO's and news anchors. The earnings gap between men and women has shrunk to an all-time low, and 15 Fortune 500 companies are run by women. So what's changed over the last few decades, and is there a big difference between the working man and the working woman?



Graciela Meibar  (MY-barr), Vice President of Global Sales Training and Global Diversity for Mattel, Inc., one of the world’s largest toy companies, with approximately $6 billion in annual sales.



Tory Johnson, founder and CEO of Women for Hire, and the workplace contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America.  In her latest book, Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now she writes about her struggle with a pink slip and her subsequent successes, and offers clear advice on how to get hired now.



  • The earnings gap between men and women has shrunk to a record low, partly because many women are prospering in the new economy and partly because men have been hit hard by the recession.
  • Women earned 82.8% of the median weekly wage of men in the second quarter of 2010, up from 76.1% for the same period a decade ago and the highest ever recorded, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports
  • Currently, 15 FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women, the same number as last year, although some of the names have changed. At Xerox, Ursula Burns became the first woman CEO to replace a woman, Anne Mulcahy, as a Fortune 500 chief.



1:40 – 2:00

Dr. Susan Love –  fighting breast cancer

Often referred to as one of the “founding mothers” of the movement to eradicate breast cancer, Dr. Susan Love’s goal is to stop the disease once and for all and she believes that this generation could be the one to do it.  President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Love to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board; she also oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention, is a clinical professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and is the author of the book the New York Times called “the bible for women with breast cancer,”  Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book. Now in its fifth edition, the book serves as a guide for women facing a diagnosis of cancer. It seems that if Dr. Love gets her way we won’t need her book anymore – bet she would be just fine with that.   



Dr. Susan Love (MD, MBA), President and founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine


  • she will also discuss the work of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, specifically the Army of Women Program, which is recruiting one million women to sign up and take part in research studies looking into cause and prevention of the disease. 



2:00 – 2:30

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Rancor over “activist judges,” conflict over the balance of power between the judicial and executive branches, serious vacancies in the Federal courts’ system—some major themes have emerged surrounding the status of the United States Supreme Court over the last decade.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has seen key parts of those judicial themes evolve.  She talks with Patt about the current climate on the court and her legacy as the second female justice and the first Jewish female justice to be elected to the highest court in the land and as an advocate for equality as a constitutional principle.



Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; former professor of law at Columbia University and Rutgers School of Law—Newark



2:30 – 2:40

Rosario Dawson gets out the vote

You know her as the beautiful actress from Josie and the Pussycats, Clerks II, Sin City, Rent, and Seven Pounds, but Rosario Dawson is a busy lady off screen, as well. She's an active V-Day board member, attending conferences around the world to spread awareness of violence against women and girls. And in 2004, she co-founded Voto Latino, a non-partisan organization aimed at registering youth to vote (so far they've registered over 35,000 voters). We catch up with Rosario to discuss her passion for acting and outreach.



Rosario Dawson, actress, spokesperson for Voto Latino, a group working to register voters



2:40 – 3:00

Coping with Alzheimer's

Barry Petersen has seen a lot during his more than three-decade career as a CBS news correspondent… the aftermath of the Thailand tsunami, the devastation from a cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the genocide in Rwanda. But he didn’t  truly understand anguish until he had to move his wife Jan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 55, to an assisted living facility, a place she would probably never leave. The disease affects some five million Americans, but beyond that, their loved ones and caregivers must find a way to live with its ravages and support its victims. Petersen tells his story of love, loss, and coping with a disease that forced him to face down his own fears and guilt and choose life over grief.



Barry Petersen, Senior Correspondent for CBS News and author, Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's





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