50/50 Day

On May 10, 2017, Cheryl Vines joined in global conversation about what will it take to get a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of our society: business, politics, culture, home and more. The event was free and was held at Cal Poly in the Chumash auditorium.

Cheryl’s message was “We cannot go backwards.” The current administration wants to take us back fifty years, to a time when women and minorities were treated as second-class citizens and we had to fight for justice and our civil rights. The mid-term elections are just one year away, 2018, and we have to make our voices heard, we have to make a difference, we have to continue to picket, march and write our congressmen and women. The time is now! It is our responsibility to make a difference…we owe it to those who have gone before us.

PANELISTS (LEFT TO RIGHT) Judy David Mahan: Director, Cal Poly SBDC & Incubator Director, Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cheryl Vines: Founder and charter member of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) SLO County, Pat Harris: Women’s March San Luis Obispo Organizer and former Democratic Party Chair, Dr. Jane Lehr: Associate Professor & Chair Women & Gender Studies and Annie Wilson: Cal Poly Women in Business WIB Wire Editor in Chief and VP of Outreach for Cal Poly Women in Business spoke on how we can get to a gender balanced world.