posted by Tana Senn | April 14, 2015
This is a guest post from Representative Tana Senn
When I was in high school, there was no girls soccer team. The boys had a team, but not one for my friends and me. So my classmates and I stood up for ourselves. So many of us tried out for the team, they had no choice but to create one for us. I learned an important lesson that I've carried forward throughout my life.
When you speak up against an injustice, you can create change.Read more
posted by Maggie Humphreys | March 04, 2015
NWPC-WA President Liz Berry quoted in the Seattle Times about how district elections for Seattle City Council this year have opened the doors for women, people of color and young people to run for office:
“The money you need to raise is much lower,” said Liz Berry, president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. “There are fewer people who you need to talk to. When you’re running citywide, doorbelling is a crazy thing to do. But running in a district, you can try to go door to door and win voters one by one.”
Three current council members have decided to leave City Hall next year rather than seek re-election. “That also means more opportunity for new people,” Berry said.
In 2013, when there were four council seats in play, 10 candidates made the primary ballot. In 2011, when there were five seats up for grabs, there were 13 candidates.
With all nine seats available this year, there are 36 campaigns registered with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. More hopefuls are waiting in the wings; the deadline to file with King County Elections is May 15.
Seattle voters endorsed the change to district elections by approving a 2013 ballot measure.
“It’s exciting to have young people, people of color and women running for office,” Berry said. “We predicted this would happen, to some degree. But we didn’t know how many people would actually jump in — the extent has really blown us away.”
posted by Katie Rogers | January 20, 2015
Thanks to all of you who attended our annual meeting last weekend. While 2014 wasn’t a banner year for women, we are looking to ramp up our efforts in 2015 and build the much-needed support in preparation for 2016, a big election year.
More than 50 attendees learned more about NWPC-WA’s success in 2014. Highlights include tripling the PAC and giving away more than $29,000. We added a ‘Men for Women’ event that raised more than $7,000, formed our Diversity Committee, held our most successful training event to date with one-third of participants of color and continued to collaborate with EMILY’s List, the Win With Women PAC, Washington Democrats and Mainstream Republicans.
We had a robust agenda at the January 11 meeting with two guest speakers: lobbyist Pam Crone, who provided a 2015 legislative preview; and Deanna Dawson, executive director, Sound Cities Association, who shared her experience as a woman in government and encouraged smart thinking around women interested in running for office and currently in office. Women electeds in attendance included Stephanie Wright, Snohomish City Council; Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Edmonds City Council; and Shelley Kloba, Kirkland City Council.Read more
posted by Maggie Humphreys | January 12, 2015
It’s that time of year when we set our goals for the coming 12 months. This year, what about making some New Year’s resolutions to help women get elected? Here’s a list of 7 easy ways you can make that resolution a reality between now and the end of 2015.
posted by Katie Rogers | December 17, 2014
This month, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA) brought together heroines from across the state who were integral to this year’s campaigns. These heroines knocked on thousands of doors, made hundreds of calls, sacrificed many weekends and lost countless hours of sleep, all in support of the campaign. For many of these women, their work and the superhuman efforts remained behind the scenes.
On Sunday, December 7, these women came out from behind the curtain and were honored at the Heroines of 2014 Award Ceremony, a reception that took place at Gilda’s Club on Seattle's Capitol Hill. At the annual event, more than 20 women were celebrated for their hard work over the past year. Each campaign heroine received a certificate, rose and a one-year membership in the NWPC-WA.Read more
posted by Maggie Humphreys | October 20, 2014
When the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby earlier this year, five men told every woman that the rights of corporations are more important than women’s access to basic healthcare.
And when the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act - twice - they told all of our daughters that no matter how much they achieve, their work will never be worth the same as their male counterparts.Read more
posted by Maggie Humphreys | July 17, 2014
Women make up 50.7% of the U.S. population, yet only 18.2% of Congress is female. In Washington state,women fare slightly better: 30.6% of our legislators are female. That’s down, however, from the days when Washington led the nation with women occupying jut over 40% of legislative seats.
Men had the opportunity July 9 to support parity in government representation at our “Men for Women” event. Held at the home of Roger Nyhus, president and CEO of Nyhus Communications, the event featured a long list of male supporters: Congressman Jim McDermott, Rep. Adam Smith, Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. David Frockt, Sen. Marko Liias, Sen. Steve Litzow, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Sen. Kevin Ranker, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Rep. Cyrus Habib, Rep. Steve Kirby, Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, Jason Bennett, Steve Breaux, Larry Brown, Parker Butterworth, Nate Caminos, Nick Federici, Bruce Gryniewski, Alex Hays, Michael Hill, Matt Isenhower, Charles Jensen, Dean Nielsen, James Paribello, Strom Peterson, Nick Petrish, Thomas Pitchford, John Schochet, Geoff Simpson, Dorian Waller, Andrew Wells, John Wyble and Adam Zukor.Read more
posted by Maggie Humphreys | May 25, 2014
Don't miss this guest column in the Seattle Times by NWPC-WA Diversity Chair Alexis Oliver about the gender imbalance in state politics. Washington used to lead the nation with women holding more than 40% of the seats in the state legislature. Today, it's 32%. NWPC-WA is the state's only organization dedicated to recruiting, training and electing women to public office at all levels.
Read her full piece here: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/guest-the-gender-imbalance-in-state-politics/