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Bayside Mom Organizes Statewide Minivan Brigade to March on Madison

Kelly Herda is organizing women across Wisconsin to march on the state Capitol, one of 50 coordinated national efforts

On Saturday, women in all 50 states are uniting against the War on Women and marching on their state capitols. Among them is a Bayside mom who is spearheading a minivan brigade to Madison, where women plan to hold hands and surround the Capitol from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Kelly Herda said recent legislative changes and what she calls outright sexist comments from local politicians are driving her to fight for the rights of her daughters.

"I have three daughters who, right now, are being told they’re second-class citizens," Herda said.

Earlier this month, Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) sponsored legislation that repealed the state's 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which gave victims of wage discrimination a better chance in court. Grothman was quoted in an article in The Daily Beast saying, "You could argue that money is more important for men."

Herda disagrees.

"As a mother of three daughters, that’s unacceptable," she said. "They have a right to get paid the same way as any man. They have a right to protect and control their own bodies."

Reproductive rights have also been a hot topic. Gov. Scott Walker also signed into law Act 217, which potentially imposes criminal penalties against physicians who perform abortions. The act , sparking a firestorm of protest.

”I have three daughters who, right now, are being told they’re second-class citizens."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett — vying to challenge Walker in June's recall election — and former Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum opposing women’s rights. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) also stepped up to share her opposition to the War on Women in a press release.

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“Instead of focusing on the real issues facing Wisconsin families this session, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans continually pushed forward unprecedented, ideologically-driven attacks on women," the release said. "It is time that we work toward common-sense policies that will promote and enhance the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s women and communities — not harm them in favor of failed policies for politically-driven interests.”

Herda said: "I don’t know anybody in the whole wide world who’s going out and yelling, 'Abort your baby!' All we’re saying is it’s a woman’s choice."

Fight for women's rights bridges state boundaries

The march on Madison is just one of 50 taking place Saturday.

Edna Kunkel is a Wisconsin spokesperson for the United Against the War on Women movement, the national organization solidifying the states' local movements. She said the group plans to march on Madison and with enough women, surround the Capitol in one, large circle all holding hands.

"The support that we garner on April 28 can be measured by the number of feet hitting the ground that day and the number of voices speaking on our behalf," she said.

This only the beginning of the movements to fight the War on Women, Herda said. There will also be a national march on Washington, DC in September, however, the date has yet to be determined.

Want to join?

If you are interested in participating in Saturday's protest, contact Herda at kelly@prownandassociates.com.

John Parkes April 24, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Every woman in the state should be joining. Today's young women need to understand how recently it was that women had to fight for the rights that are being curtailed.
Ken April 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
A more honest headline would be: Bayside Democratic Activist Organizes Statewide Minivan Brigade to March on Madison" http://prownandassociates.com/about-us/70-kelly-herda.html
Kelly April 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The Wrap Around the Capitol event is being held by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault on the same day and time as the Unite Against the War on Women Rally. Since we will be at opposite sides of the Capitol, our participants will cooperate and hopefully join in holding hands with their participants.
Keith Schmitz April 24, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Go for it Kelly. Meanwhile we'll be treated to the right wing sticking their wingers in their ears and going la la la la I can't hear you, or something mature like that.
Suzy Silvestre April 24, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I am with you, standing up in California. Although California is not suffering from any of this legislature, I stand up for my fellow women of this nation and the world. I am not an activist, I am a mom and a business owner. But enough is enough! In solidarity.
kim April 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Bayside Democratic Activist and Mom Organizes Statewide Minivan Brigade to March on Madison is the more accurate way to say it. She is both! A woman can be an Activist and a mother of two daughters at the same time
Sara Conrad April 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
War on Women? Please. The repealing portions of this act is simply a ding in the armor of greedy trial lawyers who bought this anti-business legislation with their support of the Democratic party. Nothing in the repealing of the enforcement portion of the Equal Pay Act affects the actual pay of women....or men for that matter. I suggest Ms. Herda does her homework before she spends the cash to fill up her minivan and hike it to Madison...or when using her daughters to further her misconceptions. Here....let me get you started: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/proposals/sb202
Kelly April 25, 2012 at 01:17 AM
@ Sara, by removing the potential penalties, or by making something more difficult to bring to the attention of the courts, allows businesses to discriminate with no real reprecussions. Sen. Grothman's comment that "you can argue that men need the money more" also demonstrates that the purpose of this repeal goes far beyond just trying to lessen "frivolous" lawsuits. I suggest you do more than regurgitate obnoxious republican rantings about Democrats being anti business or go so low as to attack me as a parent; that's not just juvenile Sara but pathetic (hint: if you want to enter into debate, it's best to avoid the bullying tactics as they discredit your opinion) - try to do some thinking on your own. Hopefully you can figure out what the real intent of this action is about.
Tom McHunter April 25, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Sara, of course SB202 does not "legislate the actual pay of women." It does worse. It curtails the ability to legally respond after a women is paid unfairly. Also, not sure what your point is by mentioning the children.
Nancy K April 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Mature...you mean like 3/4 of your comments on the Patch site, Keith? You appear to be neither mature nor diplomatic. Once you start using name-calling and other childish antics, your credibility goes right out the proverbial window.
Fran Diggs April 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Leave them. They are not interested in facts. Fact, there are at least 7 (probably 2 more) state and federal laws, including EPAct, on the books that cover the discriminations that seem to concern you. If you had the facts (and weren't interested in getting all worked up about everything) you too would also want this law removed. It was crafted and put there by democrats and lawyers. In provides a tool for lawyers to broaden the intent of the orignal laws and target a set of specific facts to twist the arms of businesses and insurance companies. It raises insurance rates and the amount businesses have to pay for lawyers to chase and settle cases. Hmmm. Guess who pays for that? Take a moment, do some research and realize greedy lawyers and the lawmakers who take their cash are behind this law and removing it does nothing to change the ability of someone to fight for equal rights.

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