April 2013 Issue Number 153
Is a monthly electronic newsletter which links current events and issues to the daily challenges faced by fire and emergency services managers. Current topics in the areas of leadership development, workplace diversity, change management, and conflict resolution will be discussed.
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Missouri Valley Division IAFC Annual Conference July 10-12, 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO. Linda Willing will be making a presentation at this conference. Go to www.iafc.org for more information.
Leading Tomorrow: 2013 Leadership Conference August 13-14, 2013 Chicago, IL. Leadership event for fire service women, co-located with FRI. Linda Willing will be presenting the workshop Command Presence at this conference. Go to www.i-women.org for more information.
Fire-Rescue International Chicago, IL August 13-17, 2013. Linda Willing will be presenting two workshops at this conference on August 14: Leading Diverse Teams and Professionalism in the Fire Service: New Challenges and Solutions. Go to www.iafc.org for updates.
Firewomen 2013 Frisco, CO October 3-6, 2013. Sponsored by Colorado Division of Fire Safety. Go to www.firewomen.org for updates and registration information.
Now available! On
the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories by Linda
F. Willing. This book features interviews with over 35 women
firefighters from the United States and Canada. The book is available
from major online booksellers, and signed copies may be ordered here.
Rethinking Recruitment: Notes from a day-long workshop held in Keystone, CO in November 2012.
Last month, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in two different cases related to same sex marriage. The first was a challenge to California's Proposition 8, a referendum that made same sex marriage illegal in that state. The second seeks to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which legally defines marriage at the federal level as between one man and one woman.
The legal arguments in each case were complex at times, and predictions for the outcomes are varied. Most legal commentators seem to feel that at the least DOMA will be invalidated, which would result in federal benefits applying to same-sex couples who have legally married in the nine states and the District of Columbia that currently allow them to do so.
What is most remarkable about these conversations is the fact they are happening at all. DOMA, which was blatantly anti-gay legislation by its own definition, was only passed back in 1996. Just ten years ago, a Pew Research Poll found that 56% of those surveyed opposed gay marriage and only 34% supported it. The most current poll done by the same agency indicated that 49% of those surveyed supported gay marriage, with 44% opposed.
Most significantly, those who were born after 1980, the so-called Millennial generation, overwhelmingly support gay marriage-- at least 70% of those polled so stated. This support crosses political and religious differences.
Additionally, a large number of people have changed their minds on the issue. Among those born between 1928 and 1945, support for same-sex marriage has gone from 17% ten years ago to 31% today.
Currently, 28% of gay marriage supporters say they used to be opponents. The reason most often given for this change of heart was that someone in their personal circle of family and friends was known to be gay. Republican Senator Rob Portman, someone with impeccable conservative credentials, recently came out in favor of gay marriage based on support for his son who is gay.
The speed of change in attitude about gay rights in this country is unprecedented, and some employers find themselves catching up. Many private companies have taken a leadership role with expanding benefits and recognition to all workers regardless of sexual orientation. Other organizations and government entities have been less open to change.
But change is already here.
Source: www.npr.org 3/2/2013