When it is all about numbers…

Mary Layne Boas

Sometimes your calling in life takes you into the realm of math and physics. In 1938, Mary Layne Boas earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree two years later in the field of mathematics from the University of Washington. In 1948, Boas earned a Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boas taught physics and mathematics at Duke and DePaul universites. In 1966, she authored Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, an undergraduate textbook still used today. Boas married Ralph Boas Jr. and they had one child Harold P. Boas, both of whom were mathematicians. At the age of 88, she published the third edition of her textbook, and at 91, established a scholarship fund at the University of Washington to recognize outstanding academic achievements by female students.

Contributed by: Amee Bahr

Legislation Update

The revenue forecast for 2017-2018 was released last week. Read more about it here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/revenue-projections-for-washington-are-slightly-up/

The end of second special session is around the corner. Track information on what the legislature is up to here: http://leg.wa.gov/

Remember the main source of information on the budget can be found here: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/budget/

To find your representatives please use the below tools:

State – http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/ (find your district http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/ )

The one and only…

Bertha Ethel Knight Landes

When most people hear the name “Bertha” and Seattle, they probably think of the giant drilling machine moving under the city’s underground. But there’s another Bertha that pre-dates the one tunneling beneath the city. Bertha Ethel Knight Landes sat on the Seattle City Council in 1922 and became council president in 1924. In 1926, she ran against “Doc” Brown and became Seattle’s first and only female mayor. During her tenure, she advocated for public ownership of utilities and railways, renovated the Seattle Opera House, and appointed professionals to help put the city through “municipal housekeeping”. Bertha Landes organized the Women’s Civic League, studied unemployment, and served as the president of Washington State’s League of Women Voters. She continually urged women to enter politics, their “natural sphere”.

Contributed by: Amee Bahr

Legislative Update

As we near a potential government shutdown it is important to keep informed and be smart about sharing information that might be untrue. The second special session ends on June 22nd. Be sure check your sources and read from reputable news sources.

The Office of Financial Management (OFM) budget information: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/budget/budgets.asp

Many people in your community and in the media are seeking the voices of state employees. Using your voice to inform your community is a powerful tool. Remember to always keep in mind that your audience in the broad public and things can easily be taken out of context.

When you share things on social media

  • Your audience is the broad public
  • Advertise commitments and outcomes from your visits.
  • Use social media to mobilize and energize your followers, and share time sensitive information.

To find your representatives please use the below tools

Federal – https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

State – http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/ (find your district http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/ )

Legislation Update

As we continue into another Special Session the Legislative and Policy Subcommittee will continue to update you on currently moving bills. If an item is adopted into law or dead it will be removed from the list.

ICSEW encourages each person to let your voice be heard and to be your own advocate. Start by reading through the bills identified below. And on your own time, contact your legislators to share your opinion.

Equal Pay/Employment

HB 1506 Addressing workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity. May 29: First reading, referred to Commerce, Labor & Sports. No Change since last update on 6/1/2017.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Did you know:

  • Alzheimer’s is fatal. It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined.
  • Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a progressive brain disease without any cure.
  • Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss. It appears through a variety of signs and symptoms.” Alzheimer Association, Uncover the truth about Alzheimer’s disease during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, (2017, April 5)

Learn more at alz.org