Presidential Proclamation -- Women's History Month, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Throughout our Nation's history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy. They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women's History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.
This month, we are reminded that even in America, freedom and justice have never come easily. As part of a centuries-old and ever-evolving movement, countless women have put their shoulder to the wheel of progress -- activists who gathered at Seneca Falls and gave expression to a righteous cause; trailblazers who defied convention and shattered glass ceilings; millions who claimed control of their own bodies, voices, and lives. Together, they have pushed our Nation toward equality, liberation, and acceptance of women's right -- not only to choose their own destinies -- but also to shape the futures of peoples and nations.
Read the full proclamation here.
Dear NWPC Members and Friends,
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2014, and to another year when we must make a difference for women. NWPC’s slogan, 50/50 by 2020, needs to be high on our agendas and our messaging, because political parity, equality for women in pay and in fair treatment, is still not the norm, and our work is cut out for us. While I don’t do this, I just must give a thank you for Mike Huckabee’s efforts on behalf of women. Certainly Governor Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and former Presidential Candidate, gave us another nice sound bite to rail against with his statements made during a speech where he suggested that the War on Women was not real. And, he is worried about our libidos! Thanks Mike, for making women AGAIN think about tacky comments men make about women.
We have begun our planning for the March Board meeting in San Jose with the newly reconstituted and reformed Silicon Valley Caucus, and are excited about their work and enthusiasm. NWPC quarterly board meeting is to be held in San Jose the last weekend of March, and we believe we are in for a treat with some special events being planned. We know that the NWPC-SV is busy planning an event titled NWPC Legacy event, so watch for updates on the March Board meeting.
I have been working on outreach in various ways, and am pleased to report that I have been invited (and accepted) the invitation to be the keynote speaker for the International Women’s Forum at the United Nations in a few weeks, and I am very excited about this opportunity. I have joined one of their global councils, and really look forward to meeting more of the UN Women, and sharing NWPC with them. The council I signed on for is a project that is highly important to the Ambassador’s wife who has issued my speaker’s invitation, and the link below allows you to sign up, with the focus is to bring attention to the effort to end violence against women globally. The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-...
Read the rest of Linda's President's letter and the entire newsletter at this link: www.nwpc.org/jan2014.
Celebrating 41 Years of Roe!
2013 is being touted as one of the worst years for abortion rights in decades.
Here are the facts:
- In 2013, 22 states passed restricted access to abortion
- In 2013, 70 state-level abortion restrictions were enacted, the second highest number ever enacted in a single year
- 45% of the laws fell into 4 categories:
- Bans on abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy
- Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws
- Limitations on abortion coverage in private insurance plans
- Restrictions on the availability of abortion procedures using medication
- 53% of women now live in states considered hostile to abortion rights
Today we celebrate the 41st Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize a woman’s right to abortion. As we celebrate, however, we cannot ignore or deny the fact that our rights are slowly being chipped away. Anti-choice politicians publicly boast that through state legislation they are able to reverse a right women worked so hard to pass.
It is imperative that we continue our work to increase the number of pro-choice women in elective office. Politicians who know the immediate and dire consequences to women’s health when access is denied and women truly have no choice.
Stand with the Caucus as we work at both the Federal and State level to protect the rights of all women so that 2014 will see a reverse in this disheartening trend. We must work to protect the rights our foremothers paved for us and generations to come.
Launching the ERA Education Project!
The NWPC recently partnered up with filmmaker Kamala Lopez to develop a national media campaign to support the ratification of the ERA. The campaign is a series of fun and engaging Public Service Announcements produced by Kamala and her team. The project’s goal is to create 20 such videos, featuring celebrities and some great talent discussing their personal views of equality and women’s rights.
The first batch of ERA videos have gone viral! Click below to see.
But we still need the help of ERA supporters! The campaign needs to raise $15,000 to fully turn this project into reality. Your support will ensure that all 20 videos are created.