Friday, November 18, 2016 12:45 AM

DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN MEET IN EFFORT TO BOOST LIVES ACROSS CHATTANOOGA AND TENNESSEE

Katie King speaks during the Mayor's Council for Women luncheon Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 the Bessie Smith Hall. Katie King speaks during the Mayor's Council for... Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press. A diverse group of women met at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Thursday in an effort to boost the lives of women across Chattanooga and the state. They discussed plans to improve the health of all people in Patten Towers, develop a program to rehabilitate women who commit violent offenses and one to help women overcome barriers that prevent them from achieving career goals. "We're not marching," said City Councilwoman Carol Berz, who hosted the event. "What we're doing is sitting around like adults and we're making a change, and we have a track record to show it." Berz spoke to more than 100 women Thursday at the Mayor's Council for Women quarterly meeting. "We [women] are powerful," Berz said. "We're the majority of the population." Since 2015 when the group started, Mayor Andy Berke has encouraged workplaces to become more family friendly by suggesting benefits including flex time, job sharing, child care onsite and allowing work from home. The council also helped change state law ...

News source: Times Free Press

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