WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Break the Bias

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Break the Bias

Price Chopper & Market 32 are proud to amplify the messages of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Those messages are ones of equality, empowerment and celebration of diversity. While some marginalized groups have seen positive changes, there is progress to be made in creating a gender equal and discrimination-free society for women. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” We support the telling of women’s stories and the work to counteract damaging stereotypes and bias.

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 2022 International Women’s Day theme, we support and applaud women worldwide that “Break the Bias”. We recognize and thank the extraordinary women in our organization, those that operate women-owned businesses worldwide, and those whose work has affected change for us all.

HISTORIC WOMEN WORKING
TO BREAK THE BIAS

US Women’s National Soccer Team

• Filed (2019) and won (2022) class action equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation,
   alleging that female players were consistently paid less than male players, despite superior
   performance on the field

• Players will receive $22 million in back pay

• The US Soccer Federation will put $2 million into a fund for USWNT players’
   post-career goals and has also promised to provide an equal rate of pay between the
   men’s and women’s teams

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1933 – 2020

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

“I don’t say women’s rights—I say the constitutional principle of the equal citizenship stature of men and women.”

• One of 9 women in a class of 500 at Harvard Law School. Transferred to Columbia Law School,
   graduating first in her class

• Second ever female law professor at Rutgers Law School, where she filed an Equal Pay Act
   complaint, and won

• Co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union

• Argued 6 landmark ACLU cases on gender equality before the US Supreme Court

• Helped pass the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

• Second female, first Jewish female US Supreme Court justice

• First US Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage

Shirley Chisholm (“Fighting Shirley”)

1924 – 2005

Politician, educator, author

“I want to be remembered as a woman…who dared to be a catalyst of change.”

• First African-American woman elected to Congress, served 7 terms

• First woman and African-American to seek a major party’s nomination for President of the United States

• Introduced over 50 pieces of legislation 

• Co-founded the National Political Congress of Black Women and National Women’s Political Caucus

Malala Yousafzai Malik

1997 – Present

Pakistani activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

“I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.”

• After speaking out publicly on behalf of girls and their right to learn, Malala was shot on the left side of
   the head by a member of the Taliban in October 2012, at the age of 15

• After months of surgeries and rehabilitation, she and her father established the Malala Fund, dedicated to
   giving every girl access to 12 years of free, safe, quality education

• Youngest ever, second Pakistani, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2014

• Travels worldwide to meet girls fighting poverty, wars, child marriage and education
   gender discrimination

• Graduated Oxford University, 2020

Junko Tabei

1939 –2016

Japanese mountaineer, author, teacher.

“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is most important.”

• First woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

• First woman to ascend the Seven Summits, climbing the highest peak on every continent

• Author of seven books

• Organized environmental clean ups of rubbish left behind by Everest climbers

• Led annual climbs up Mount Fuji for youth affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011

Wang Zhenyi

1768-1797 Qing Dynasty, China

Astronomer, Poet, Mathematician

“It’s made to believe women are the same as men; are you not convinced daughters can be heroic also?”

• Born to a family of academics in a Chinese feudal society at a time when women had no legal rights

• Self-taught in advanced mathematics and astronomy

• Mastered equestrian skills, archery and martial arts under the tutelage of the wife of a Mongolian general

• Studied the movements of the sun, moon and planets, and explained the relationship between lunar eclipses and solar eclipses

• Wrote the book The Simple Principles of Calculation, helping make learning mathematics easier for beginners

• Other published works include Dispute of the Procession of the Equinoxes and The Explanation of Pythagorean Theorem and Trigonometry

Please consider a donation to one of these organizations focused on supporting and empowering girls and women:

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 2022
HONOREES ANNOUNCED

Price Chopper and Market 32 teammates were invited to nominate a female co-worker who has encouraged,
uplifted, mentored, empowered and supported her female teammates.

Jessica Voelker – New York

Customer Service Team Leader, Cortland

Nominated by Cady Walts and Debbie Badman

Jessi has been with Price Chopper and Market 32 since 2013 and currently serves as our Customer Service Manager Team Leader (CSM). She is the glue that holds our team together and her personality is something many of us look forward to when coming to work. She is always challenging people to try new jobs, ask questions and learn new things. One of our newer teammates had been here only 3 months when Jessi approached her to become a supervisor. The young woman was floored at the suggestion, but Jessi proceeded to explain what qualities she had seen in her and the young lady said that she never would have accepted the position had it not been for Jessie’s support and confidence in her ability.

“Jessica is the entire reason I had confidence to apply for and accept the Office Manager position at my store.”  – Cady Walts

Amy Mathieu – Vermont

Customer Service Team Leader, Shelburne Road

Nominated by Jennifer Lanzatta

Amy has been with Price Chopper and Market 32 since 2013 and currently serves as our Customer Service Team Leader (CSM).  She is very good at recognizing and cultivating talent. Amy puts a real focus on morale in our store and created and financed 12 Days of Giving in November where teammates were recognized

for their contributions and given a gift. They were then able to keep the gift or pass it on to another teammate. It was followed by 24 Days of Giving in December which also recognized teammates for their outstanding efforts. Along with making everyone enjoy coming to work, Amy is focused on helping her teammates grow, recognizing potential and increasing self-confidence.

“Amy has been not only my boss, but my mentor.” – Jennifer Lanzetta

Kecie Combs – Connecticut

Customer Service Team Leader, Windsor

Nominated by Crystal Clark- Dugal

Kecie has been with Price Chopper and Market 32 since 2006 and currently serves as our Customer Service Team Leader (CSM). She is very dedicated to her job and her team and leads by example. Kecie is always willing to go above and beyond for her teammates and acts as a resource whether it be helping them sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment, training, or building morale. She is known for the care packages she creates and distributes during the holidays, customized to each teammate, showing them that they are not only appreciated but known, cared for, and heard. She is a champion of customer service and a favorite of our guests.

“Kecie’s spirit and enthusiasm is always positive!” – Crystal Clark-Dugal

Tammie Sullivan – Massachusetts

Regional HR Manager, Zones 5-8

Nominated by Kayla Freitag and Doty Hall

Tammie has been with Price Chopper and Market 32 since 1995 and currently serves as Regional Human Resources Manager for Zones 5-8. Kayla Freitag began working in the stores at 16 years old and at 18 was given the chance to become an Office (back-up) clerk. She says that Tammie believed in her and gave her a chance to grow. She became her mentor and someone she could count on and look up to. Now, 16 years later, she credits Tammie for her success because of the guidance she has always provided.

“I believe that being a gay woman in the world and workforce has given Tammie the empathy and ability to see people as people and talent as talent. I have seen her stand with her teammates during Pride Week and know that the pride feels for them is not only rooted in what they have accomplished, but in who they are.”
–Doty Hall

Amanda Tatro – New Hampshire

Grocery Department Teammate, West Lebanon

Nominated by Jeff Brogan

Amanda has been with Price Chopper and Market 32 since 2011 and currently serves as a Grocery/GM/HBC Department Teammate. Amanda is first and foremost, a role model not only for her teammates at work but to her daughters who often visit her at work and see that is not only a mother but a very important member of the store team. They even tell people that they want to grow up to be just like their mom! Amanda approaches life with a positive attitude and is involved in community programs, serves as a Girl Scout Leader, and in various other programs. She is a mentor to her teammates showing them that they can make a difference, that they have the ability to overcome challenges, and that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

“Amanda’s can-do attitude and positive approach set her apart from the rest!”  – Jeff Brogan

Melissa Chemchick – Pennsylvania

Pharmacy Tech, O’Neill Highway

Nominated by Kristen Schoemig

Melissa has been with Price Chopper and Market 32 since 2008 and currently serves as a Pharmacy Technician. She is a teammate who genuinely cares about her teammates and customers and understands very well that working in the Pharmacy involves her in customer’s lives during what can be intimate and challenging times. Melissa lost her boyfriend to Leukemia and is always the first

to offer support not only to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but to anyone in need.  She was named Rookie of Year for the Light the Night Walk in Scranton for the money she raised the first year that she walked! She is a teammate that can be counted on for her positive outlook and willingness to help!

“Melissa greets everyone with a smile and a willingness to help (even in other stores) when she is needed.” – Kristen Schoemig

We proudly recognize all of our 2022 Women’s History Month nominees!

Sierra Allen
Catherine Allison
Jennifer Allen
Indya Ashby
Jessica Barnard
Stacey Bodnar
Cassandra Cedeno
Erica Collins
Patricia Eddy
Francine Farrar
Amy Fox
Sherri Colligan
Christine Gilkey
Lauren Granger

Annemarie Holland
Tamara Julian
Tricia Larken
Santia Lind
Elizabeth Mensah
Heidi Mosher
Deborah Murphy
Jamie Ormsby
Hiroko Rodriguez
Petra Shults
Candett Scott
Miranda Siek
Jamie Sullivan
Kathryn Williams

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