The Madsen Blog "Centre Piece"


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Welcome to Centre Piece. Ann W. Madsen, Executive Director of The Centre for Women turned Blogger, reports on items of interest for and about women in Tampa Bay, Florida and across the world. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism, or ideas to The Centre Piece.. For sponsored posts or display advertising contact Kathleen Pravlik at

Wonder Women and Superheroes!

on Tuesday, November 07, 2017. Posted in The Madsen Blog "Centre Piece"

On the eve of Hurricane Irma's arrival in Florida, two dozen members of the Athena Society gathered in a beautiful community room on Bayshore Blvd. to learn the latest developments at The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women and our sister organization, The Spring of Tampa Bay.

They did not come empty-handed.  Instead, these feisty, fearless females each brought checks, gift cards, and supplies to help women in need.  Organized by Dr. Moira Burke and Dr. Bonnie Saks, this evening could not have been timelier. The donations helped us weather the aftermath of Irma and the challenges it posed for the people we serve.  Incredibly, one woman whose home was flooded was later left homeless when fire ravaged the same dwelling.  Thanks to the wonder women of Athena, we were able to spring into action and help.   

Don’t Count Me Among the #MeToos

on Tuesday, November 07, 2017. Posted in The Madsen Blog "Centre Piece"



Hollywood (and now Tallahassee) have set everyone’s hair on fire about sexual harassment.  Bad behavior, bullying and gender bias are perennial workplace issues.  No matter how many human resources training programs, handbook policies or outright firings, predators persist.

In the course of my 40-year career, I have met both men and women who feel that they can do or say whatever they want because their positions and wealth have made them all-powerful.  Luckily, I am not to be counted among the #Me Toos.  And, while I personally never had to deal with the trauma of sexual harassment, I know others who have.

Where Are the Champions for Women?

on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Posted in The Madsen Blog "Centre Piece"


As this Mother’s Day approaches, I find it particularly ironic to be advocating for the same support for women as our founder did four decades ago.  Helen Gordon Davis opened this nonprofit to help women who needed extra support just to survive -- serious counseling, intense skills development, assistance to the homeless and domestic violence populations, legal advice, financial guidance and the restored confidence to lead independent lives.  She advocated for and was successful in persuading the State Legislature to create a Displaced Homemakers Program and fund it with a Trust Fund comprised of fees from marriage licenses and divorce applications.