March 2014 e-Newsletter
In this Issue:
Welcome Shellie Hunt and Jen Myronuk to the NWPC Board!
Welcome Shellie Hunt, our new VP, Development! For 25 years, Shellie has pursued a mission to empower others and has been awarded the International Women’s Day Outstanding Service Award and the 2013 Global Humanitarian Award at the World Congress Center.
Jen Myronuk, NWPC's new VP, Education & Training, is a Silicon Valley-based media producer and oral historian specializing in women's history and public policy. She is the Co-Founder & Director of Content Media Lab and the producer of the living history theater productions as well as produced events and multimedia for various organizations including BST Innovation, National Women's Hall of Fame, NWPC's 40th Anniversary Luncheon, and NWPC-CA among others.
San Jose, CA
The Executive Board enjoyed a lovely evening at Whisper's Cafe arranged by newly appointed VP, Education & Training Jen Myronuk.
"Thus, it has come to pass that the widespread use of contraceptives has indeed harmed women physically, emotionally, morally, and spiritually—and has, in many respects, reduced her to the mere instrument for the satisfaction of [man's] own desires."
-The American Freedom Law Center
Dear NWPC Members and Friends,
According to Wikipedia, "In the United States, Women's History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women's History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women's Day). This month has included events and celebrations of Women's History and the role of individuals and organizations in showcasing the actions of committed individuals to equality for all. From the 19th century efforts begun by courageous women seeking to gain rights for women, to today's efforts to pass effective paycheck equality and the Equal Rights Amendment and to increase the number of women in leadership roles and elected office, there have been improvements and successes, but there is still a long road ahead.
Thanks to each of you who continue to take action in supporting the cause for equality, and for working on behalf of the National Women's Political Caucus. I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter, as our Vice President for Communications, Paula Willmarth, is working hard to implement a new approach and special features that you will notice in coming months. I look forward to sharing some of my work and presentations related to Women's History Month an International Women's Day made throughout March with you when we send the President's Message next month.
Gearing up for November:
Lulu Flores (TX) • Maggie Humphries (WA) • Meredith Ockman (FL) • Carmen Schaye (CA)
This election cycle we evaluated 182 women candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, for endorsement consideration. After researching each candidate, a decision is made about who receives a candidate questionnaire; the National Office in DC dedicates hundreds of hours to this very first step.
The PPAC reviews research information about each candidate that includes financial information, primary status, political experience, past voting records, and more. One additional important element of this process is the recommendation from the State Caucus, if one exists. Recommendations are made by the PPAC after deliberations by the Committee. By majority vote, each candidate is endorsed.
At this point, the recommendations for endorsement go to the full Board for a vote. The Board makes the final decision about each endorsement. Dedication to our mission is evidenced by our firm conviction that the election of progressive women is vital to our future.
1st Vice President and Chair of PPAC, Donna Lent, has worked hard to make sure this process is efficient and consistent. “Having progressive women in office is essential to improving and preserving the lives of women and children,” said Lent.
Please do your part to help us elect more progressive women!
Legislative Updates: V for Victory
US District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down an attempt to enforce the most restrictive abortion laws in the state of Arkansas. The sponsor of the bill, Republican state Senator Jason Rapert fought to defend the bill that would prohibit most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, or once a fetal heartbeat can be detected by an ultrasound. Wright struck down the bill, deeming in unconstitutional and an attempt to counteract Roe V. Wade.
State and Local Caucuses Shine!
The Orange County, California- NWPC Training empowered its members by guiding them to effectively lead and progress the caucus. The training event promoted planning and organizing campaigns, fundraising fundamentals, website improvements and promoting political campaigns through the use of PR and social media strategies.
And that's no fooling…
“You mentioned that women earn 77 cents on the dollar. If you put that another way, women work for free until April Fool’s Day – and then we get our first check.”
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)