September 2012 e-Newsletter
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Irene Gould is a junior undergraduate studying Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) at American University with a minor in literature. On campus she has held various leadership positions of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor’s Fraternity, joined the Student Historical Society, and is a member of Doctor Who @ AU.
Irene is the Communications Intern for the National Women’s Political Caucus this fall. She develops press releases for the Caucus, increases the Caucus’s social media presence on Twitter and Pinterest, and researches relevant issue articles on a daily basis. Irene is also working on preparations for the 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs).
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Dear NWPC Members and Friends,
Getting ready for the EMMAs is always exciting, but this year we have the amazing lineup of award winning actress who is also a Founder of NWPC, Ellen Burstyn, our event Chair, Past NWPC President and founder of the Exceptional Merit in Media Awards Irene Natividad, and Joan Walsh, Editor at Large of Salon.com and MSNBC contributor, as well as other special guests! Please come join us in recognizing and honoring those who portray women effectively and fairly in the media with their books, articles, blogs, television shows, films, etc.
The importance of the November 6, 2012 election is looming, as we continue to see and hear candidates and incumbents of elected office make statements to show that they discount the rights of women, they disapprove of women having a say at the table, and that they have little or no understanding of what concerns women for their lives and their families’ lives. Because this is so important, NWPC has been working with the HERvotes coalition in many ways to raise awareness of issues of Health and Economic Rights of women, and promoting support for mobilizing women to vote.
Additionally, NWPC has partnered with American Association of University Women in their Woman to Woman Voter Turnout campaign, along with their logo slogan The Power of One Vote: Your Vote Makes a Difference, and in Texas we have had success in this partnership taking voter registration to college campuses. Don’t forget to reach out to others who may not be registered, or who may have moved and not listed a change of address for their voter registration, which could make them ineligible to vote on November 6. Each of us must take responsibility for getting at least ten women to the polls to vote, because with our unified effort, we will bring the change the country needs to see.
On Thursday, October 4th, 2012, the National Women’s Political Caucus will hold the 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs). The evening reception will be held at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City. Ms. Irene Natividad, who created the EMMAs in 1986, is the event chair for the NWPC traditional award ceremony.
Oscar and Tony Award-winner Ellen Burstyn will head the 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMAs) and Editor-at-large of Salon.com Joan Walsh will emcee the Gala presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus which will be held in New York City on October 4th.
This year, NWPC received 32 fantastic submissions for the awards. The full list of nominees can be found at www.nwpc.org/emmanominees. We will be awarding 10 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards as well as 1 President’s Award that will be announced at the October 4th Event. We hope to see you there!
Since the first awards were given, recipients of the award include Sheryl WuDunn for Half the Sky, Glamour Magazine’s “Meet Generation (R)x” and Ms. Magazine’s “The Scandal of Military Rape.” Notable journalist award recipients include Ellen Goodman, Cokie Roberts, Barbara Ehrenreich, Diane Sawyer, and Eleanor Clift, who all were recognized because of their acknowledgement of issues important to women and their efforts to bring light to the issues that tend to be glossed over by the mainstream coverage.
Register for the EMMAs or sponsor the EMMAs by going online to www.nwpc.org/EMMA or following this link http://www.nwpc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=10.
We are proud to announce that for September, the Political Planning and Action Committee and NWPC Board endorsed six candidates. They believe that these women exemplify what NWPC stands for, and wish these fabulous ladies congratulations and good luck!
For more information on these fabulous women, please check out our descriptions in the side bar.
We are proud to announce that to date, 63 of our amazing endorsed candidates have advanced to the general election. Their tenacity and spirit allowed them to survive often tough primaries to take them one step closer to taking their seats in Congress.
This election season, each party platform differed decisively on how they covered women’s issues. One major dissapointment in the RNC platform was the failure to include the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment while seeking a constitutional amendment for the “unborn.” A New York Times online graphic comparing the words that were used at each convention, helps delineate the party platforms’ support of women’s issues by highlighting the important and key phrases that were used throughout the Convention speeches.
The word “women” was mentioned 69 times by Democrats and used 26 times by Republicans, “equal pay” was mentioned 6 times by Democrats and never mentioned by Republicans. You can also type in words that you believe are relevant and find out exactly how many times, and where, each party used a word or phrase in their convention speeches.
On September 14, 2012, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-NY) introduced H.R. 6421, Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum Act of 2012. On September 14, 2012, this bill was referred to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. On September 21, 2012, this bill was referred to the House’s Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. The bill currently has 21 cosponsors. U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Senate companion bill.
This bill would create a federal commission to determine the possibly of building a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. There are Congressional-authorized museums on the roles of other people, including African-Americans and Native Americans, but there are no museums about the history of women in the United States in Washington, D.C. In the past, the Senate and the House have passed bills creating a National Women’s History Museum, but this bill would be the first to create a commission. Taxpayers have paid for other museum commissions, but not this museum commission (which would be self-funded). Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum has publicly considered three sites from more than 40 possible venues
The We Are Women Rally occurred on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the morning of August 18, 2012. The mission of this national event was to “bring national attention to the ongoing war on women’s rights being fought by conservative representatives in federal and state legislatures throughout the country.” Key issues at this rally included reproductive freedom, the Equal Rights Amendment, and fair pay. Speakers at this widely attended event include Bonnie Grabenhofer (of the National Organization for Women), Alice Cohan (of the Feminist Majority), Bettina Hager (of National Women’s Political Caucus), Andrea Gleaves (of Women’s Information Network), and others. Ruth Rasby, the Reformed Whores, Emma’s Revolution, Dance of the Dying, the Sweater Set, and Beth Atherton-Zeman entertained the audience. Videos from this event are on http://www.wearewoman.us/2012/08/videos-of-and-about-we-are-woman-rally.html. The top-most video includes Ms. Hager’s speech.
The Arizona Women’s Political Caucus held its “Women Ignited Now” in Tucson on September 28, 2012, and in Flagstaff on September 29, 2012. The Caucus partnered with Arizona List; NOW; NARAL, AZ; Democratic Women in Action; Arizona Women United; Rebecca Friend; Linda Hatfield; and Planned Parenthood to education about 26 bills against women that Arizona Legislators do not want voters know that they support. www.awpconline.org/events.html
On October 12, 2012 the National Women’s Political Caucus of California will be holding an Appointments Training workshop with Mona Pasquil in Fresno. This training will be part of a weekend of festivities in California as they also host their State Board Meeting and Elections. www.nwpcca.org
The Missouri State Women’s Political Caucus held its 2012 State Convention: the Year of the Angry Women on August 17, 2012, and August 18, 2012. The convention included a dinner, free-wheeling discussions, an event with the endorsed candidates and officeholders, a keynote speech by Margot Ford McMillen, an event about the Affordable Health Care Act, the MWPC Business Meeting, the election of new offices, and a MWPC Board meeting. www.mowpc.org.