July 2011 e-Newsletter

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Request from the Schlesinger
 
“This is no simple reform, it really is a Revolution.”
 
As NWPC celebrates its 40th Anniversary we look back and remember all the founders, their accomplishments and lasting effects. Unfortunately, there is one missing. The Schlesinger library believes there may have been a written handout containing Gloria Steinem’s Address at the founding of NWPC. Unfortunately after searching the National Office, Smith Collections and Schlesinger Archives we are at a loss. We are putting out a request for anyone who may have information or recollection of its whereabouts. Any nod in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

Intern Spotlights

From left to right: Lauren Harding, Mary Baumgard, Anna Tsiotsias, Ellen Vitercik

Lauren Michelle Harding is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. She will receive her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with a concentration in Public Policy and Governance. Lauren participates in women’s organizations at Penn, including serving as the fundraising chair of the Vagina Monologues. Her interests include political philosophy, the environment, and Shakespeare. In her free time, Lauren enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, and hiking along the Rio Grande Bosque in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ellen Vitercik, of Lincoln, Vermont, will be a first year student at Columbia University this fall. She hasn’t decided on a major yet, though she is considering Sustainable Development, Applied Mathematics, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Ellen is an avid violinist and has spent the past four summers at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. She especially enjoys playing in orchestra and was assistant principal second violinist of the Middlebury College Orchestra this past year.

Mary Baumgard is a junior at the College of St. Benedict-St. John’s University, located in central Minnesota. Mary is majoring in Political Science and is the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, the Record. Besides making plans for the approaching school year, Mary is also preparing for a semester-long study abroad trip to South Africa next spring. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and holding marathons of The West Wing and Glee with her friends.

Anna Tsiotsias is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. While still undecided on her major, Anna is considering pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics or Communications and Public Service. Her interests include politics, art history, economic development, and film. In her free time, Anna enjoys going to the beach, traveling, watching movies, and going to art museums.

In Memoriam

Dr. Lillian Mobley, Vice President of Programs for NWPC-South Bay and one of the founders of Martin Luther King Hospital, passed away this week at Centinella Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Lillian served on the board of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where she worked tirelessly to help the hospital and medical school. She committed herself to such causes as health care, social services, police brutality, and funding for community organizations. She was also involved with the Brotherhood Crusade, Grandma Hands, Mother in Action, the Lillian Mobley South Central Multipurpose Senior Citizens Center, Southwest College, Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), and the Watts Learning Center. Throughout her work, she valued results and progress over fame and recognition. Lillian was the 2009 recipient of the NWPC Woman of Courage Award. She will be remembered as a mentor to the women of NWPC South Bay and as an invaluable member of the Caucus.

Founder Spotlights

NWPC’s first President, Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, began her political career serving in the Texas House of Representatives. Sissy went on to run for Governor in Texas, and received a Vice Presidential nomination at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. She worked as a human rights observer in places such as Iraq, Honduras, South Korea, and Cuba. Ms. Farenthold currently lobbies in Houston and Washington for progressive and humanitarian causes.

The Honorable Rebecca Westerfield, a determined mediator, is known for adeptly handling situations involving poignant emotional content and cross-cultural affairs. From 2002-2010, the Daily Journal named her “Top California Neutral” and Best Lawyers in America named her the “Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category” from 2008-2011.

Dr. Fann Harding, worked from 1958 to 1996 with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She focused on blood-related issues and played a large role in the development of transfusion medicine. In the early 1970’s, she filed the first sex discrimination complaint against the NIH which she won in 1974. Dr. Harding served as the first president of the NIH Organization for Women (now known as SHER - Self Help for Equal Rights). Dr. Harding is also a founding member of the Association for Women in Science and the Federation of Organizations for Professional Women.

Dear Members and Friends:

It is with gratitude that I write this final President’s message. As I have often said, it has been my privilege and honor to serve as president of our great organization, and I want to thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility. I have gained so much during my four years of service as President and my almost 20 years as a board member of NWPC. I will cherish the opportunities I have had, the friendships I have made, the lessons I have learned and the memories that I take with me. I will miss serving you, but I will always be of service to this organization and supportive of our mission to engage girls and women in the political process and elect and appoint progressive pro-choice women to office. I may be stepping down, but I will not be stepping away.

I want to thank all of the officers and board members who have helped steer this organization alongside me – I know it is a sacrifice to serve as volunteer board members so I very much appreciate the time, energy and passion each of you has invested and the assistance you have given me. I also want to thank our staff and interns who have worked their hearts out over these last four years.

We have accomplished much in the past forty years and I know that great things lie ahead. I look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary in Washington, DC in just two weeks. We have a wonderful convention planned and hope to see many of you there!

In Solidarity,
 
Lulu

40th Anniversary Convention Update

For those of you joining us in Washington DC for Convention from July 29-31st there are some wonderful events and workshops planned for you. First, join us for Campaign Training 4.0, advanced skills training by renown trainer Cathy Allen. We have added another hour of the Top Campaign Tricks You Need To Know, so join us from 1-4pm on Friday the 29th. Click here to read more about this opportunity to hone your political skills.

Then join us as we officially kick off the Convention with our Diversity Reception featuring the Women of Courage award recipients and our keynote speaker, the Honorable Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor. The event will take place at the US Capitol Visitor Center. Go here for details and to read more about our honorees.

After the reception, join us for an informal “Movie Night” to enjoy some women’s short films.

Saturday morning opens with an illuminating panel on the ERA featuring US Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Sister Maureen Fielder, and Professor Linda Wharton. The panel will be moderated by author and activist Zoe Nicholson.

Saturday's Founders Luncheon honors our Founding Mothers and features Keynote Speaker Author Jill Tietjen as well as many of our founding members and former Presidents.

In the afternoon we will present a series of interesting breakout sessions including Health Care and Women’s Workforce issues and featuring panels of experts such as Judy Waxman and Ellie Smeal. Click here to read more about our panels and speakers.

Finally, we'll wrap things up with our Gala Dinner featuring author and feminist Gloria Feldt and our 2011 Good Guys including President Barack Obama, Larry Cohen, Stewart Boxer and Sydney Harman (posthumously). Click here for a full list and more information about our Good Guys.

A post-Convention breakfast and Board meeting will close things up on Sunday.

It is not too late to make plans to attend. Go here to register - we would love to have you join us!

Congratulations to Janice Hahn: Victory in California's 36th Congressional District

Congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Janice Hahn on her successful campaign to represent California’s 36th Congressional District! Hahn defeated Craig Huey 54.6% to 45.6% in this special election held on July 12th.

Hahn is a strong advocate for women's rights and the NWPC was proud to have endorsed and supported her campaign. We are proud of Hahn’s victory and are confident that she will be successful in Washington!

Women Running, Women Winning: Election 2012

The House of Representatives gained two new NWPC endorsed candidates! Both Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Janice Hahn (CA-36) won their special elections this summer, marking an increase in women seated in the House of Representatives. The National Women’s Political Caucus has hit the ground running toward the 2012 election cycle with these recently endorsed candidates:

Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) served as the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s first district from 2009-2011 but was unseated by Paul Gosar in the Tea Party wave during the 2010 election cycle. Undaunted, she is running to take back her seat!

 

Ann Kuster (NH-02) served on the New Hampshire steering committees of the presidential campaigns for Barack Obama in 2007-8 and John Kerry in 2003-4. She also served as Co-Chair of New Hampshire Women for Obama. The Caucus also endorsed Kuster when she ran for this same seat in 2010, but lost by a narrow margin of less than 4,000 votes. 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) was first elected to the Connecticut House in 2009. She is a member of the Appropriations, Energy & Technology, and Public Health Committees. She also served as a legal advisor to the Connecticut League of Women Voters Consensus Project.

 

Lois Frankel (FL-22) served in the Florida state Legislature and most recently served as the Mayor of West Palm Beach. Frankel faces Tea Party favorite and misogynist, Congressman Alan West.

 

 

 

 

Congresswoman Berkley currently serves in the Nevada House of Representatives, and is running for a Senate seat. Berkley previously served in the State Legislature and has been active with local civic affairs.

 

Legislative Update

Equal Rights Amendment in the 112th Congress
On June 22, 2011, Representative Carolyn Maloney and Senator Robert Menendez reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) to both houses of Congress. In Maloney's address to supporters near the Capitol, she said, “The Equal Rights Amendment is still needed because the only way for women to achieve permanent equality in the U.S. is to write it into the Constitution. While it’s been thrilling to see how far women have come in my lifetime, laws can change, government regulations can be weakened, and judicial opinions can shift. Making women’s equality a constitutional right—after Congress passes and 38 states ratify the ERA—would place the United States on record, albeit more than 200 years late, that women are fully equal in the eyes of the law.”

Once the bill passes through both the House and Senate, three quarters of states are necessary for ratification before it becomes law—finally making women legal equals in our Constitution.

Dukes v. Walmart
In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled against the female plaintiffs in the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Betty Dukes, et al., class-action suit. The ruling prevented the women employees of Walmart from forming a class-action suit challenging the company’s alleged gender discrimination. While the majority opinion conceded that Wal-Mart's policies treated women unfairly in promotions and wages, they ruled that the class action was simply “too big for Justice.” NWPC President Lulu Flores responded to the ruling by saying, “Congress must do everything in its power to make sure that this decision does not stand and the rights of every female constituent are not infringed upon.”

Click here for the Court’s opinion.

Out & About: Local News

NWPC of New Jersey presents the next installment of their Leadership Development Series: “Why Not Me? Why Not Now?”
On Saturday, July 16, Cheryl Scales, a one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of branding and business development, led a three-hour workshop that taught particpants how to cultivate their “personal brand.” The event was sponsored by the Education & Training Fund of the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ. Subjects covered included: personal branding and the power of greatness; how to avoid secret torpedoes that kill a campaign; five super smart steps to implement your brand identity.

NWPC of Washington State holds 2nd Annual Women’s Trivia Contest
On Wednesday, July 13, members of the Washington Caucus and friends met at the Tap House Grill in Seattle to test their women-themed knowledge of various topics including pop-culture, politics, music, and history. Teams competed for the title of Women’s Trivia Champion and prizes.

South Bay Members Fundraise over Breakfast
On Saturday July 9, the South Bay Caucus hosted an Elected Officials Fundraiser Breakfast at the Hollywood Park Casino. The Lillian Mobley Grassroots Catalyst Award was given to Congresswoman-elect Janice Hahn for her lifelong courage and activism. Congresswomen Maxine Waters, Laura Richardson, and Grace Napolitano were also present, along with 19 other elected officials.

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