A trip east to attend the EMMAs (Exceptional Merit in Media Awards) and a NWPC Board meeting was a good excuse to drop in on our Washington office, and report on what and how National staff are doing. In a visit to the Caucus’ tiny quarters in NOW’s spacious office suite at 1100 H Street, I found Programs Director Bettina Hager and her two interns, Megan Morgan (shown in the photo along the right) and Mark Priebe. As you can see, Mark has to settle for a desk in the hallway. (see photos) It was a very busy summer and fall to plan and execute a series of quick-paced events and actions -- endorsements, the convention and EMMAs – under the guidance of NWPC President Linda Young, and others.
Our first annual "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" event was held in Orange County on Friday, November 15th.
We had a great turnout and, most importantly, raised significant funds for the upcoming 2014 election cycle.
Honorees included State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Former State Senator Martha Escutia, Former Tustin Mayor Ursula Kennedy, Organic Coffee Creator Karen Cebreros and Orange County Women's Health Project Director, Allyson Sonenshine.
With the number of women in our state legislature on the decline (down to just 28 percent), it's essential that we support strong, pro-choice female candidates in the 2014 cycle.
Congratulations to our new state senator, Holly Mitchell!
Holly won decisively and now moves from her state assembly seat to represent Los Angeles’ 26th State Senate District. Her win is a victory for all of California as Holly’s been a leader in the assembly authoring important bills that have directly impacted women and girls throughout our state. Her win also means that there’s an open seat (54th AD) in Los Angeles.
Congratulations also goes out to Andra Hoffman who ran a terrific campaign. Unfortunately, with so many Democrats vying for the seat, Andra was unable to come out on top but we’re so proud to have endorsed and supported her in this race and have no doubt that she’ll continue to be an important role model for women and girls.
For those of you who missed this year's national convention, below are some impressions by Marguerite Cooper (NWPC-CA Southern Regional Director, Second California NWPC Representative)
Hot doings in the town tonight! Austin welcomed Caucus convention goers at the Hilton Garden Inn, just blocks from the live music, good food and drink along the swinging 6th avenue. There were great speakers, celebration of great awards – for courage, and as “Good Guys” and “Good Corporations.” The trainings and break-out sessions were informative, even inspiring. We elected a new slate of officers and planned the calendar for the rest of 2013. We celebrated our new NWPC Foundation endowment, with cash and promises for almost $100,000 in its first 12 months, but still short $40,000 for this year, to keep on track for our goal of one million by 2020.
“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.
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