October 30, 2012 |
Twenty years after Lynn Yeakel challenged Arlen Specter for the U.S. Senate, the idea that 1992 was the "year of the woman" seems as quaint as it does sad. If Yeakel had won, she would have been the first female senator from Pennsylvania. No woman has come close since. No woman has ever been the state's governor. Only one woman serves in the state's congressional delegation. No woman has ever been elected mayor in the commonwealth's largest city. And among the 50 state legislatures, Pennsylvania ranks 43d in the proportion of women, only 17 percent.
July 13, 2011
As a small-business owner and the board chairman of Women's Way, one of the leading organizations pushing for earned sick days in Philadelphia, I am deeply disappointed at Mayor Nutter's decision to veto the earned-sick-days bill. Contrary to the mayor's assertion that the bill "would put thousands of jobs at risk," paid sick days would, in fact, benefit employers' bottom lines. Research shows that employers who offer paid sick days have higher productivity, employee loyalty, and decreased turnover.
November 13, 2009 |
Lynn Yeakel, the feminist hero who as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1992 nearly defeated incumbent Arlen Specter, yesterday endorsed a candidate to finish the job. Yeakel backed U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in his bid to deny the Democratic nomination to Specter, who was a Republican when she tangled with him in a bitter campaign nearly 18 years ago. "Joe can be counted on to stand up for what he believes," Yeakel said during a...
May 9, 2002 |
It was 1975 and they were the vanguard of the Philadelphia women's movement: a group of nonprofits run by women for women, offering rape counseling, health services, legal aid and job assistance. But they were having a tough time keeping their doors open. They were seen as too radical, and few foundations or corporations were willing to fund them. The United Way wouldn't include them. "This was the beginning of the women's movement, and we were about restructuring basic social institutions that perpetuated male domination," said Ernesta Ballard, then the president of a group that aided women in prison.
April 20, 2000 |
After 31 years in the state Senate, Richard Tilghman figures that his constituents know who he is, what he stands for, and what he will do for them if he is reelected on Nov. 7. That is partly why the Republican senator has declined challenger Lynn Yeakel's invitation to 14 debates - one in each of the 17th Senatorial District's 13 towns, and one more for "good luck. " Yeakel, a Democrat, proposed the debates "to give voters the opportunity to hear from both of us, to hear what we want to do for the district, to be able to compare and contrast in order to make an informed decision on Nov. 7. " "I think it was a very reasonable request," Yeakel added.
March 30, 2000 |
Faded jeans. Comfy sweater. Not a trace of makeup. Everything about the young woman on stage at this Saturday morning work party says "unassuming" - except her title. "I'm Melissa Weiler Gerber," she tells a crowd of volunteers gathered in a chilly church basement in East Falls. "And I have the privilege of being the executive director of Women's Way. " At 32, and looking a good deal younger, Gerber is used to "oh's" of surprise when people find out who she is. For one thing, she's a generation younger than her recent predecessors at Women's Way, an organization founded in 1976 to raise money for women's causes seen as too radical for traditional workplace fund-raising campaigns: equal opportunity, reproductive freedom, and an end to rape and domestic violence.
January 30, 2000
Ready to expand to fully serve women in the region I'm 32 years old, wear chunky shoes and green glasses and take spinning classes to keep in shape. Twenty years younger than my recent predecessors, I have received a few curious looks when I introduced myself as the new executive director of Women's Way. It is a big role to step into. For me, it is nothing less than a dream come true. A lawyer by profession, I have represented some of the city's biggest corporations and many of its poorest citizens, my heart always leaning toward the latter.
October 22, 1998 |
Women's Way president Sheehan Becker speaks with Mayor Rendell during "Make it a Day" for Women's Way. Women's Way invited Center City and University City businesses to donate a percentage of yesterday's sales to Women's Way.
May 2, 1994 |
Sam Katz lost a full day recently thanks to the flu. "I laid down for a nap and woke up the next morning," he said. He was forced to miss a fund-raiser. Bad timing. Philadelphian Katz needs every waking hour and every available dollar to make a credible challenge in the Republican primary for governor. He's running close behind better-known Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. and party-backed U.S. Rep. Tom Ridge. Among the Democrats, polls show Lynn Yeakel in second place, trailing Lt. Gov. Mark Singel, who is better known and better financed than she. As the race heads into the last eight days, these chasers are pulling out the stops to make up ground on the leaders.
February 8, 1994 |
Lynn Yeakel, who lost to Arlen Specter in a high-profile bid for the U.S. Senate two years ago, re-entered the limelight yesterday by announcing her candidacy for governor. At a news conference at her Philadelphia headquarters, Yeakel, surrounded by family, offered a platform built more on principle than on anything specific that she would do if elected. "Four principles will guide my administration," she said, citing common sense, responsiveness, fairness and openness. Yeakel, a Democrat, recited a familiar litany of what ails Pennsylvania: low job growth, high business taxes, bad schools, random violent crime, and self-serving politicians.