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/