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For Immediate Release - Media Advisory
For more information contact:
National Women’s Political Caucus
Paula Willmarth, VP Communications
August 26, 2013 202 785 1100 or 573 694-7889

NWPC Calls for Boycott of Macy’s Stores

Washington, DC- “It’s time to address the issue of corporate America who enjoy the purchases made by the millions of women in this country, but still are willing to block the concept of equal pay for women,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Young said Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, District 141, contacted her this week to express concern about the multiple corporations writing letters to Texas Governor Rick Perry requesting his veto on HB 950. HB 950, authored by Thompson, would have allowed women to file a lawsuit, in state court, against companies financially discriminating against them. The legislation mirrored the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. “Equality should not still be in question, but it clearly is,” said Young. Representative Thompson said she hoped national women’s organizations would take a stand and send a message that would deliver a financial impact to corporations that did not support fair standards for all.

One of the retailers, doing business in most, if not all of the States represented by the NWPC, is the large business chain, Macy’s Inc. After reading the letters sent to the Governor to urge veto of the legislation, Young polled her NWPC Executive Board. The group agreed to announce the boycott of Macy’s, and to also put the boycott in place now, as we approach Women’s Equality Day, August 26.

“There are many options for women when deciding where to spend their money,” said Donna Lent, NWPC Vice President for Political Planning. “Not only will we stop spending our money with these companies, we are going to let them know, loud and clear, why we are no longer spending at their businesses. Increasing their profit margin on the backs of women is not acceptable,” said Lent.

The National Women’s Political Caucus, (NWPC) founded in 1971 as a multi-partisan organization structured to recruit, train, and help elect qualified women to office, is calling on its members, as well as members of sister organizations, to boycott Macy’s stores until the retailer’s leadership publicly confirms that they, as a corporation, will not participate in lobbying against fair pay laws, nor will they encourage others to do so. NWPC asks women everywhere to speak with their wallets and credit cards—“just say no to those stores who are unwilling to support fairness for women,” urges President Young.


November 6, 2012
For More Information:
Pat Lynch, VP Communications, NWPC – 888 658 4635 ext 225
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2012 General Election Results Demonstrate the Power of Women’s Values and Women’s Votes

November 6, 2012, Washington, D.C. “When 53% to 54% of the entire electorate is now made up of women, there is no longer any doubt about the importance of women in politics,” said Linda Young of the 2012 National Elections. “The National Women’s Political Caucus is pleased to have endorsed so many remarkable women running for both the U.S. House and Senate. We especially want to congratulate the women who ran in hotly contested races, and won!

Our endorsed Senate winners include Tammy Baldwin, Senator-elect from Wisconsin, Mazie Hirono, Senator-elect from Hawaii, Elizabeth Warren, Senator-elect from Massachusetts, and returning Senators Diane Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maria Cantwell, and Claire McCaskill. Currently, 35 of our endorsed candidates won their elections in the House of Representatives, while three elections are still being decided at the time of this writing.”

“More women are running for State, County and City government seats…and winning. The state of New Hampshire that has a new female Governor, also now has its Congressional delegation made entirely of women. We now know that when women run, that they have at better chance now of being accepted as a viable candidate, as in any time in the past, and we see many more women coming into public service through the process of elections.

“The NWPC, a multi-partisan not-for-profit organization, is proud of being the oldest women’s rights group to focus on the increase of women in political power. It has endorsed and supported thousands of women who have run at all levels and won. Now it’s time to grow again, so that many, many more women will have a place to find the encouragement, training and support that is necessary to begin showing up in equal numbers in all political races. It is the time for women to reach parity at the political table, and we plan to be there to find them, train them and provide the resources that will support them in being a force to dealt with,” said Ms. Young.

The National Women's Political Caucus is a multi-partisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women. Founded in 1971, the NWPC prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year. Through recruiting, training, grassroots organizing and financial donations, the NWPC provides support to women candidates running for all levels of office regardless of political affiliation. The NWPC has endorsed over 50,000 women throughout its 40 years of service. Find NWPC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at NWPC_Updates for author highlights and future announcements of special guests.

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October 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Pat Lynch, VP Communications
510-333-0509

For Immediate Release: Presidential Candidates Still Making a Play for Women

Washington, DC, October 23- Last night’s foreign policy Presidential debate saw efforts from both President Obama and Governor Romney to reach out to women voters. NWPC commends the remarks used to focus the importance of lifting women’s rights, equality and financial security in the international community. Women are an important voting bloc in the upcoming election and were left out of the first debate regarding national policy.

“It was refreshing to see both Presidential Candidates make a concerted effort to add women into the conversation during the foreign policy Presidential debate,” stated NWPC President Linda Young. “Although the result of the upcoming election is yet to be determined, it was a definite win for women to be highlighted as an important player in the international community last night.”

"It is important as women prepare to go to the polls that we keep in mind, the next four years has to be a demonstration of inclusion for women in key positions. Vote for the candidate that will be committed to equality and economic growth," said Donna DeBerry, Vice President of Diversity for NWPC.

NWPC looks forward to a continued effort by both parties to address the issues most important to women as the election progresses.

The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multi-partisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women.

Find the NWPC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at @NWPC_Updates.

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October 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Pat Lynch, VP Communications
510-333-0509

A Qualified Woman is Hard to Find?

Washington, DC, October 17-The politically charged atmosphere of this campaign season brought out an interesting issue, one that took the forefront in last night’s Presidential Debate. Governor Romney talked about having a “binder of information” on women who were qualified for appointment. What the public now knows is that the binder, or binders, he mentioned were produced as the effort of a coalition of women’s organizations led by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. We commend our local and state Caucuses who, like Massachusetts, regularly offer leadership and participate in bringing to light the gaps in representation.

“The National Women’s Political Caucus has historically supported political candidates who support equality and equity for women, and we have traditionally participated in encouraging women to seek appointed office as well,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus. “As an early partner in the feminist movement, our multipartisan grassroots organization has fought for women’s health, personal and economic rights for years. We challenge both Presidential Candidates to include a discussion around women’s equality in the final debate. This will show who is committed and who is not.” But needing to seek out “binders” of qualified women? Are they hiding?

It is time more women have a place at the decision-making table. We invite both Presidential Candidates to call on NWPC, one of the oldest organizations that support and spotlight women’s rights and issues for recommendations.

The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multi-partisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women.

Find the NWPC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at @NWPC_Updates.

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Ellen Burstyn.jpgSeptember 13, 2012
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Pat Lynch, VP Communications
510-333-0509

Award-Winning Actress Ellen Burstyn To Head 2012 EMMA’s Gala

Washington, D.C., September 13– Oscar and Tony Award-winner Ellen Burstyn will head the 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMAs) Gala presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus which will be held in New York City on October 4th.

Ms. Burstyn won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. She also won both the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in “Same Time, Next Year.” Ms. Burstyn won an Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit for Episode "Swing", most recently finished the first season of the hugely popular limited television series POLITICAL ANIMALS on USA.

The EMMAs were first awarded in 1985 and created by NWPC past-President Irene Natividad. Over the past 27 years, the EMMAs have been presented for outstanding coverage of issues of importance to women, often bringing to light issues that might otherwise be glossed over or omitted.

National Women's Political Caucus President Linda Young said that "Having Ellen here with us for the EMMAs is so exciting, knowing too, that she can share many experience of her career about the role of women in films and plays, and the changes that she has seen during her career in the way women characters are depicted. We are thrilled that she is going to be with us to head up the Awards Presentation to the 2012 winners."

Ellen Burstyn will be heading the EMMAs Thursday, October 4th, at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse in New York City beginning at 6:00 p.m. For ticket information, please call (202) 785 1100 or visit www.nwpc.org/EMMA.

Find NWPC on facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at @NWPC_Updates .

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Hon. Elaine Marshall, NC Secretary of State, honored by NWPC at Democratic Convention Women’s Reception

April 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Pat Lynch, VP Communications
510-333-0509

WASHINGTON, DC—National Women’s Political Caucus announces that North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will be the State Host for their Welcome Reception for Women at the Democratic National Convention on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. The National Women’s Political Caucus will host a reception to welcome Caucus supporters, attendees, elected women and women candidates from around the country, immediately preceding the Democratic National Convention.

NWPC President Linda Young commented, “We are honored to have Secretary of State Elaine Marshall as State Host for NWPC’s event. Her leadership as both a candidate and an elected official stands as an example for North Carolina and the Country as a whole.”

NWPC-NC Spokeswoman Leigh Rose added, “I have worked personally with Secretary Marshall over the past several years and I can’t think of a better woman to represent the Caucus as we head into the DNC.”

Secretary Elaine Marshall gained NWPC’s endorsement for her 2010 U.S. Senate Race in North Carolina. She currently serves as NC Secretary of State and is running for re-election in 2012.

The event will also raise funds for activities that strengthen the work of NWPC to support women candidates and awareness for women’s issues nationwide.

The National Women’s Political Caucus Reception will take place at RiRa Irish Pub and Restaurant, 208 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, Sunday, September 2, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm. The registration fee is $75.00 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks.

The event is being produced and coordinated by Bonnie Wallsh of Bonnie Wallsh Associates, LLC, and Linda Dyer Hart of Dyer Hart Productions. Reservations to attend the event can be made by contacting Program Director Bettina Hager at the NWPC National Office by email: bettina@nwpc.org or by registering online at http://www.nwpc.org/civicrm/event/info?id=11&reset=1.

Find NWPC on facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at @NWPC_Updates .

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From: The National Women’s Political Caucus

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Contact: Pat Lynch, VP Communications, 888 658 4635 ext 225 or Cell: 510-333-0509 (only unblocked calls)

NWPC Response to Limbaugh Remarks On Air

In response to the remarks made on a live, nationally syndicated talk show last week, when the male host used disparaging language to describe a young college co-ed who was giving testimony in front of a House Committee hearing, Linda Young, the President of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) made the following statement:

“The National Women’s Political Caucus repudiates Mr. Rush Limbaugh’s personally disparaging remarks made towards Ms. Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law student who testified in front of a House Committee meeting called by Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi. Not since a New York DJ was reprimanded for similar conduct has there been such an outcry from women for the shabby treatment that seems to be condoned by large media, their association and the Federal Communications Commission,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus. “We are calling on the FCC to fine this radio host and the radio company which carries him, and we are calling on the broadcasting company to fire him!”

“Besides demonstrating that he is beyond the law, Mr. Limbaugh clearly demonstrates a person who lacks a sense of personal responsibility and fairness to research and provide all the facts on an issue which affects the health, as well as the lives, of millions and millions of women. Indeed, since men, perhaps even that Host, use the recreational drug called Viagra which is covered by all insurance companies, it is even more important for women to be protected,” Ms. Young elaborated.

According to Stephen Frye, M.D., a practicing physician and psychiatrist for over 30 years, a former medical school professor at the University of Nevada in Reno, an author and speaker, “Scientists have abundant evidence that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families. It is documented to significantly reduce health costs and is the most commonly taken drug in America by young and middle-aged women. An unwanted pregnancy is a medical and psychological disaster. Research has shown additional health benefits quite apart from preventing pregnancy…and is widely prescribed for physical issues in women of all ages. Furthermore, women who have taken birth control pills for more than six months have a 50 percent reduction in ovarian cancer, a particularly deadly form of cancer because the ovaries are deep within the abdomen, making diagnosis far more difficult and detection difficult until a cancer is often beyond control. In addition, women that have used IUDs for more than six months have a 50 percent reduction in cervical cancer. So there are incredible health benefits to women from using these well-established, safe forms of birth control.”

“We expect everyone to abide by the law of the land,” said Ms. Young, “which includes employers who provide insurance, as well as broadcasting companies which are operating at the pleasure of the citizens of the United States. We call on Congress to uphold the current laws and to insist that all of the Federal Agencies enforce the law equally.”

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February 6, 2012
For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Pat Lynch
510-333-0509
Pat@womensradio.com

National Women's Political Caucus

RESPONSE TO SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION’S ACTIONS

February 6, 2012 – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) commends the recent action by Komen Fight for the Cure, Inc., to revoke their earlier decision to penalize Planned Parenthood by de-funding contributions to the organization. While this is positive, other actions of Komen observed in past months raise questions in the minds of all who want reasonable, fair and equal treatment, regardless of political affiliation. Komen’s public statements would suggest that they will not participate in partisan decision making, yet their actions do not reflect this.

According to the Daily Kos, Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, prominent conservative pundit, and outspoken critic of Planned Parenthood, was secretly retained by the Komen Foundation to craft communications for the organization specifically related to the relationship with Planned Parenthood, and that he crafted the attack on Planned Parenthood. Komen President Nancy Brinker brought in her friend Fleischer, and gave him a role in interviewing candidates for the powerful Komen position of Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations last December. According to a source within Komen, Fleischer grilled candidates on how they would deal with the Planned Parenthood connection on behalf of Komen.

One reason given first by Komen about their decision not to continue to fund Planned Parenthood was that revamped grant guidelines restricted the awarding of grants to applicants whose organization was under investigation. Yet, Komen awarded $7.5 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania State University, an institution under very public scrutiny and investigation about a cover up of alleged child molestation by one of their longtime coaches. No public comment came from Komen that they would de-fund Penn State for being under investigation.

Politico reported that 1.3 million tweets regarding the Komen action were recorded, and Planned Parenthood reported that their Facebook page added 10,000 new friends in the twenty-four hour period surrounding the breaking news of Komen’s de-funding Planned Parenthood decision. Committed individuals used social media tools to voice their displeasure with Komen’s action, and drove media coverage to address the politically-based and wrong decision by Komen. Additionally, more than 60,000 individuals spoke with their checkbooks, and pledged over $400,000 to Planned Parenthood in the same twenty-four-hour period. Komen, on the other hand, had employees within their own organization resign or threaten to resign over the unjust action, and with public sentiment, threatened loss of support by volunteers, staff and donors, made a quick public turn around to say that they would not block Planned Parenthood from potential future grant funding.

What is the message for all who believe in the right for equality for women? “It is that when women join together, and speak out, we impact great change,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus. “We have known for a long time that if women really decide to take that stand, and to speak up, and to vote our beliefs, we can change any policy, elect dedicated progressive officials, and bring about equal treatment for all under the law. We simply have to step up, speak up, and sign up for the long haul.”

Young said, “It is our responsibility to those who founded the National Women’s Political Caucus more than forty years ago for the purpose of speaking up for women who haven’t found their voices, and to recruit and help elect women leaders to impact positive change for America. I ask all women who believe in equality to join with NWPC and the many other national women’s organizations that helped mobilize the wave that changed Komen’s decision, and participate in the change we can effect for ourselves, our mothers, daughters, sisters, and granddaughters for now and for the future.”

Lastly, if the Susan G. Komen Foundation is truly interested in fair play, in services for all, regardless of their economic standing or political affiliation, the officers should ask for the resignation of Nancy Brinker, CEO of Komen.

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December 9, 2011

For More Information:
Contact Pat Lynch, NWPC VP of Communication
888 658 4635 ext 225

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NWPC Reacts to HHS Decision to Overturn FDA Decision on Plan B

Washington, DC- “Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, whom NWPC originally supported for her current post, leveled a blow to women’s freedom by announcing she was overruling the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow the sale of Plan B One-Step, over the counter contraception, without a prescription,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

The FDA had revised a decision about restricting the access to Plan B One-Step by age, after a District Court had directed the agency to reconsider, because the age restriction was based on a political consideration rather than a scientific finding of safety for public use of the drug. FDA presented the new finding to allow Plan B One-Step to be available without prescription or restrictions.

According to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA, The FDA's recommendation in this matter “reflects a body of scientific findings [and] input from external scientific advisory committees. ” Joined by The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA Commissioner Dr. Hamburg, MF, said: “Experts, including obstetricians/gynecologists, and pediatricians reviewed the totality of the data and agreed that it met the regulatory standard for a nonprescription drug and that Plan B One-Step should be approved for all females of child-bearing potential.”

“After women everywhere suffered from the Bush policies and restrictions, ” said Ms. Young, “we were quite hopeful when President Obama issued a memorandum on scientific integrity in March 2009 to the heads of the executive branch agencies and departments saying that the scientific process must ‘inform and guide’ decisions of his administration.“ “We are assuming that Secretary Sebelius took the action to block the recent FDA ruling only after conferring with the President. We are severely disappointed to find that the 2009 directive is no longer effective, and that the Administration has approved such regressive action. ”

“I call on all women – mothers, daughters, aunts, and all those who care about the rights of women to call on the White House directly to appeal this decision, ” urged Ms. Young.

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The National Women’s Political Caucus Judges Make Selection for EMMAs

October 18, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Judy Chavis, VP of Development & EMMAs Chair
(512) 263 –0194

Washington, D.C. – This year’s panel of judges for the 2011 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards conducted by the National Women’s Political Caucus, have agreed upon eight winners which will be announced at the Award’s Presentation to be held on November 6th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The judges included: Geneva Overholser, Director of University of Southern California’s School of Journalism in its Annenberg School for Communications; Rachel Crowson, News Director at Metro News and freelance writer for ABC News; Haylen van Koppen, Executive Vice President for Administration at Summit Entertainment, LLC, and Yolanda Becerra-Jones, President of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.

The EMMA’s honor outstanding journalists, authors, filmmakers and media outlets that inform and educate Americans about issues critical to women, and whose work often brings to light those issues that tend to get glossed over, or slip through the cracks of mainstream public attention. 2011 nominees included magazine articles from major publications, such as Marie Claire, Glamour and Ms. Magazine, radio broadcasts from Bloomberg News, large circulation stories from PBS’s To The Contrary, books and novels such as Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, internet articles and even photographic exhibitions.

“I am a strong advocate for the importance that the EMMA’s place on the positive and thoughtful portrayal of women in the media,” said Linda Young, NWPC President.

The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, November 06, 2011 at the Skirball Cultural Center from 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

Tickets to the event are $100 for individuals, $30 for young adults. To purchase tickets to the event go to our event registration site .

Various sponsorship levels are also available, from $1,000-10,000. Contact Bettina Hager at 202-785-1100 for more information.

Find NWPC on facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at NWPC_Updates for author highlights and future announcements of special guests.


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November 3, 2011

For More Information:
Contact Pat Lynch, NWPC VP of Communication
888 658 4635 ext 225

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Comedian Wanda Sykes To Receive
The Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award
At the Annual NWPC, EMMAs Gala

Washington, D.C., Nov. 3rd -- Often called “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and an Emmy and Commie Award-winner, Wanda Sykes was just named as the 2011 Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award Winner, which will be presented at the National Women’s Political Caucus’ Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMAs) Gala which will be held in Los Angeles on November 6th.

The EMMAs were first given in 1985 and created by a NWPC past-President Irene Natividad. Over the past 24 years, the EMMAs have been presented for outstanding coverage of issues of importance to women, often bringing to light issues that might otherwise be glossed over or omitted. Past winners include such renowned journalists as Ellen Goodman, Cokie Roberts, Barbara Ehrenreich, Diane Sawyer, and Eleanor Clift.
The Liz Carpenter Award was given in honor of Liz Carpenter for the first time in 2010 to Samantha Bee, of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, by her daughter, Christy Carpenter, CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Linda Young, NWPC President, said “The Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award adds much to the EMMAs; we honor Liz, who was a Founder of NWPC, recognize others who give us warmth and enlightenment, and remember a treasured friend.”

Ms. Sykes, a writer, stand-up comedian and actress, is no stranger to awards. Earlier this year, Ms. Sykes was also honored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles with the “Hope of L.A. Award.”

The Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award and eight other “Best Of” Awards to women in media will be awarded on Sunday, November 6th, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles beginning at noon. Many major media companies, including Bloomberg News, Ms. Magazine and Marie Claire Magazine, are planning to be in attendance, as well as many of the Honorary Congressional Hosts. For ticket information, please call (202) 785 1100 or visit www.nwpc.org.

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The National Women’s Political Caucus Announces the
2011 EMMAs Congressional Host Committee

October 11, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Judy Chavis, VP of Development & EMMAs Chair
(512) 263 –0194

WASHINGTON, DC—

The National Women’s Political Caucus is proud to announce its 2011 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) Congressional Host Committee. The committee, featuring Congresswomen and Senators from around the Nation is comprised of 4 Senators and 28 Congresswomen.

2011 EMMAs HONORARY CONGRESSIONAL HOST COMMITTEE

United States Senators

Dianne Feinstein • Kay Hagan
Barbara A. Mikulski • Patty Murray

United States Representatives

Tammy Baldwin • Karen Bass • Eddie Bernice Johnson • Lois Capps • Judy Chu • Yvette Clarke • Susan Davis • Diana DeGette • Rosa DeLauro • Donna Edwards • Anna Eshoo • Janice Hahn • Mazie Hirono • Eleanor Holmes Norton • Barbara Lee • Zoe Lofgren • Carolyn Maloney • Doris Matsui • Gwen Moore • Chellie Pingree • Laura Richardson • Linda Sanchez • Loretta Sanchez • Janice Schakowsky • Allyson Schwartz • Jackie Speier • Niki Tsongas • Lynn Woolsey

The EMMAs honor outstanding journalists, authors, filmmakers and media outlets that inform and educate Americans about issues critical to women, and whose work often brings to light those issues that tend to get glossed over, or slip through the cracks of mainstream public attention. A full list of this year’s nominees can be found by viewing our EMMAs Submissions List.

The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, November 06, 2011 at the Skirball Cultural Center from 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

Tickets to the event are $100 for individuals, $30 for young adults. To purchase tickets to the event go to our event registration site .

Various sponsorship levels are also available, from $1,000-10,000. Contact Bettina Hager at 202-785-1100 for more information.

Find NWPC on facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb, and follow us on Twitter at NWPC_Updates for author highlights and future announcements of special guests.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NWPC Applauds Senator Reid's selection of Senator Murray for Co-Chair of Congressional Debt Committee

The National Women’s Political Caucus applauds Senator Harry Reid’s selection of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) as the co-chair of the congressional ‘super committee’ charged with reducing the deficit after this past week’s debt ceiling resolution. Senator Murray, who NWPC proudly endorsed in her successful 2010 senatorial race, is next in line to the budget committee chairmanship.

NWPC recently joined with Rachel's Network and over 20 sister organizations to deliver a sign-on letter urging Congressional leadership to appoint six women to the bipartisan debt committee. “We are proud to stand strong in the woman’s community and glad that our message to increase women’s political participation was heard,” stated NWPC President Linda Young. Research has proven women to be effective decision makers, committed to letting all views and voices be heard. “Women represent more than half of this country’s population, in such an important conversation we deserve at least half of the seats at the table,” Young insists.

We encourage all NWPC members to read the sign-on letter and sign a petition of support for parity in the debt discussions.


PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Lulu Flores
info@nwpc.org
Phone: 202-785-1100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NWPC Announces 2011 Women of Courage Award Recipients

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis invited to be keynote speaker of the Women of Courage Reception

Washington D.C. (June 7, 2011) – The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) 2011 Women of Courage awards will be presented at the NWPC Diversity Reception Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Diversity Reception kicks-off the 20th biennial convention and 40th anniversary celebration that will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington D.C. Friday through Sunday, July 29-31. The reception honors nine remarkable women leaders as Women of Courage.

The Women of Courage Awards are presented to women from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated courage by taking a stand to further civil rights and equality, and who exemplify women's leadership. NWPC 2011 Women of Courage are: Pakistani women's rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Rubina Bhatti; author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Edie Fraser; Minority Leader, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; past (and youngest) director of the Women's Bureau and Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman; feminist filmmaker Kamala Lopez; first Filipina-American elected to a state legislature in the U.S., Velma Veloria; first president of the Women's Action Organization (WAO) of the State Department, Ambassador Mary Olmsted; Secretary of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, named one of the state's 100 Top Influencers by Politics & Campaign Magazine Joyce Ferriabough Bolling; and Latino historian and founding member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Himilce Novas.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, 2009 Women of Courage Award recipient, has been asked to serve as keynote speaker for the reception.

More information about the convention is available at www.nwpc.org.

The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is a multi-partisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in politics and creating a political power base to achieve equality for all women. Founded in 1971, NWPC prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year.
For more information, see www.nwpc.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nwpc.fb.

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Letter to Gloria Allred

August 26, 2010

Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which guaranteed the vote for women, human rights advocate and champion of women and girls, attorney Gloria Allred has found time and fortitude to fast for the ERA. Ms. Allred has sacrificed 90 solid meals commemorated the month leading up to August 26, Women’s Equality Day. She has joined the esteemed company of Alice Paul in recognizing that the vote would not be enough establish full equality under the law and is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution.

The National Women’s Political Caucus is pleased to recognize Ms. Allred for her relentless work for social justice, her dedication to women, her generosity in supporting women’s organizations and, now, for drawing attention to the Equal Rights Amendment. NWPC is on record in support of H.J. Res 61, sponsored by Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, which is the current ERA introduced in the 111th Congress. We join Ms. Allred in calling for the immediate passage of this legislation.
In addition to our gratitude and applause, we pledge our continued support in the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. We dedicate ourselves to:

  • Have the Equal Rights Amendment introduced into the 112th Congress early in 2011.
  • Find and support a champion of the Equal Rights Amendment in the Senate 2011.
  • Call for bi-partisan support of this legislative effort, recalling that the ERA was originally introduced and supported by members of both parties;
  • Lobby for hearings to advance the ERA to the floor and support the vote;
  • Campaign state by state to

see that the US Constitution explicitly includes both men and women.

We are very moved by Ms. Allred’s fast and welcome this opportunity to honor her, to honor all women who are hungry for justice and to celebrate equality.

Happy Women’s Equality Day.

In Solidarity,
Lulu Flores
President


The National Women’s Political Caucus Announces the Launch of College Women’s Caucus on Women’s Equality Day - August 26th

(Austin, Texas) In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, the National Women’s Political Caucus proudly announces the launch of the National Women’s Political Caucus - College Women’s Caucus at the University of Texas at Austin (NWPC-CWC at Uof T). The NWPC-CWC at U of T will be a national student organization designed to increase political engagement among college-aged women, both on campuses and within their local communities. Members of the caucus will work to train and elect women to student government positions and will hold campus forums on issues of concern to college women.

Working in conjunction with the National Women’s Political Caucus-Texas and the local Austin chapter, students in the NWPC-CWC at U of T will host and participate in training events around such topics as: how to fundraise; how to run a campaign; how to mobilize volunteers and voters. They will also have the opportunity to volunteer on local political campaigns and network with successful women in politics. By the time CWC members graduate from college, they will have the tools, confidence and connections to staff political campaigns for local candidates, or run for office themselves!

A launch party and Women’s Equality Day celebration will be held at the Eastwoods Room (Room 2.102) at the Texas Union room at the University of Texas at Austin campus on August 26th from 12pm until 1pm.

The National Women’s Political Caucus - College Women’s Caucus at the University of Texas at Austin is part of a pilot program for the national student group which will be launched at other college campuses across the country this year. If you are interested in creating a chapter at your school, please contact NWPC’s young women’s coordinator, Claire Cook at ccook@hendlerlaw.com.


NWPC STATEMENT ON UPCOMING SCOTUS NOMINEE
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

While President Obama’s appointment of Justice Sotomayor was a step in the right direction and one that we applaud, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is still far from achieving gender parity -- only two of the nine justices are women. The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) urges President Obama to make our Nation’s highest court representative of the people it governs by choosing one of the many, well-qualified female potential nominees when he looks to fill the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens. President Lulu Flores stated, “Women make up half the population, yet for too long our voices our voices have been under-represented in the halls of our government; we deserve better.“

Making sure that women are appointed to top government positions in representative numbers is fundamental to NWPC’s goal of achieving political gender parity by 2020. In the coming months, we will be on the frontlines of those pushing for a woman appointee to the Court.


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NWPC Announces New Dell MPP Program!

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  • Up to 30% OFF list prices for select configurations
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Members can shop online and register for Dell Advantage atwww.dell.com/mpp or can call 1-800-545-3769 speak with a sales representative. Offer valid only to NWPC members. Be sure to enter or mention The National Women’s Political Caucus Member ID CS125635763.