September 2022 Meeting Preview

Registration is now open for our September 2022 membership meeting.  The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon September 20th via Zoom.  Meetings are free and open to anyone, regardless of gender or employment status.   How to Register: Please visit our meetings page to register. Once you are registered, you will receive an…

Women’s Equality Day 2022

Today is #Women’sEqualityDay. We’ve made some progress, but we have not yet achieved true gender equity. Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, but it is not protected by the US Constitution. And earlier this year, SCOTUS reversed Roe v. Wade, which gave states authority to restrict rights to abortion. We’ve put together a…

Meeting Summary for July 2022

In Case You Missed It  Meeting Summary for July 2022:  The following is a summary of the presentations from our July meeting and membership transition. A YouTube link of the recording of the presentations will be available on our Facebook page soon. Handouts and meeting minutes are usually posted on icsew.wa.gov within seven business days…

July 2022 Meeting Preview

Registration is now open for our July 2022 membership meeting and transition celebration!  The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 19 via Zoom.  Meetings are free and open to anyone, regardless of gender or employment status.   How to Register: Complete the registration form on our meetings page. Once you are…

Parting Words from ICSEW’s Executive Chair

It was a summer day in July when I attended my first Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, meeting. It was at the Capitol in a beautiful building. I felt so fortunate to be able to attend a room full of inspiring womxn working for the state.   I had no idea at the time…

Closing the Digital Equity Divide

by Deirdre Bissonnette, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife The COVID-19 pandemic caused a digital revolution in the way many people work. A huge portion of what we did in person for our jobs suddenly had to be migrated online. Digital technology makes teleworking possible.  However, the pandemic exacerbated inequities in digital access, especially for…

The Legislature Passed the Fair Start for Kids Act. Here’s What This Means for You  

By Stephanie Goedecke, Employment Security Department   As part of its work, the ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee provides Bill Alerts during the current legislative cycle. Its purpose is to inform state employees of pending legislation that may impact them. The legislative and policy subcommittee also strives to provide updates on the status of bills flagged…

State Employees Volunteer with ICSEW at Thurston County Food Bank Gardens

Department of Natural Resources Employee, Julie Gilling, (left) and Stephanie Goedecke from the Employment Security Department (right) remove weeds from some garlic in a Thurston County Food Bank garden during an ICSEW volunteer event April 23 in Olympia Story and Photos by Deirdre Bissonnnette Department of Fish & Wildlife ICSEW was proud to volunteer at…

New Guidance Requires Insurers to Cover Follow-Up Colonoscopies. Here’s What That Means for You

By Tammy Wild  Washington State Department of Health   The ICSEW Legislative and Policy subcommittee tracked a number of bills for the 2022 session, which included HB 1939 requiring health plans to cover, with no cost sharing, follow-up colonoscopies performed after a positive non-invasive stool test.    Due to a clarification of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),…

ICSEW Co-Sponsors Amy Leneker Training Series

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is co-sponsoring a series of free trainings with Amy Leneker of The Leneker Team. The following is the list of the trainings. All trainings are virtual and take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. pacific time on the following dates: May 19: Tough Conversations Aug 3:…