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Professional Women

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier is celebrating 25 years of cracking the glass ceiling.

“It’s hard to believe but the great news is over 100,000 women have benefitted from this conference over those 25 years.”

Last week Speier held her annual Professional Business Women of California conference. A sellout crowd was there to mark the anniversary and celebrate the theme of “standing together and rising above.” Speier says she's glad she followed her instincts 25 years ago and created the event. It includes public speakers, seminars and workshops all aimed at inspiring women.  read more »

Military Enforcement

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The military runs a tight ship; and it's about to get tighter.

California congresswoman Jackie Speier is leading the fight against sexual harassment in the military. Three years ago Speier introduced legislation that takes sexual harassment cases out of the military chain of command and into the hands of prosecutors. Now branches of the military are clearing out pornographic material. The Air Force did it last October and the Navy more recently.

“In the private sector if you had cubicles filled with the kinds of things that these members of the military have on their computers and in their flight schools they would be fired. It creates a hostile work environment and there's no reason for it.”  read more »

A Secure Workplace

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There is zero tolerance for sexually related crimes in the civilian workplace, but apparently not if your job is in the military.

When I interviewed Congresswoman Jackie Speier on this issue a year ago, she told me every year there are 19,000 rapes and assaults in the military but only 13% are reported.

"I am on a mission to make sure that we address this issue because there's to many, these are service members who are more likely to suffer an act of violence from a fellow service member then they are from the enemy."

The Pentagon reported last week as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year, in the spotlight since the Air Force's head of sexual assault prevention was arrested on charges of doing just that.  read more »

The Glass Ceiling

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In the past fifty years women have made their way out of the kitchen and into the boardroom. But now that trend is slowing down.

I recently spoke with Congresswoman Jackie Speier at the 23rd annual Professional Business Women of California conference. She says women have made their way up the food chain but have hit a road block. She says last year there were 16 female CEO’s across the country, now we are down to ten. And the same drop is happening in congress and other highly ranked managerial positions.  read more »

A Secure Workplace

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Illegal activities are bad for business; especially if you’re in the business of protection.

Today there is a zero tolerance for sexually related crimes in the workplace. A well placed glance or an attempt at humor is enough to bring down the arm of the law. But according to one congresswoman that arm of the law has yet to reach the United States military. Jackie Speier says every year there are 19,000 rapes and assaults in the military but only 13% are reported.

“I am on a mission to make sure that we address this issue because there’s too many, these are service members who are more likely to suffer an act of violence from a fellow service member then they are from the enemy.”  read more »