posted by Emily Wicks | April 15, 2020
The stress brought on by COVID-19 continues to shape the way we look at politics—but the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington persists in our dedication to increasing womxn's participation in the political process and fueling the pipeline of women to elected office. I can’t stress enough the need for all of us to stay home, stay healthy but also to stay engaged. Here’s why.
We know that womxn are disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19 as we struggle for wage equity and make up a much higher percentage of “essential” workers—75 percent of healthcare workers and a higher percentage of service workers. And as some womxn work from home due to the pandemic, studies indicate that an unequal burden of childcare, homeschool responsibilities and domestic labor is falling on womxn. Sadly, this crisis is only amplifying the inequities we long knew existed. There are critical safety issues at stake, with domestic violence and sexual assault rates skyrocketing as survivors shelter-in-place with their abusers. The need for women in positions of leadership and authority has never been clearer.
posted by Emily Wicks | March 12, 2020
The last few weeks have no doubt felt like a heartbreaking gut punch for many of us.
I keep asking myself how NWPC-WA should speak to its members and others during this time of uncertainty, and strange, quiet unrest. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, a lot of analyzing, and a lot of questioning. I’ve been doing a lot of planning and a lot of Parks and Recreation watching (Leslie Knope is a magic cure for the blues, as are Girl Scout cookies.)
But the most important thing I’ve done over the last two weeks is think about successes—and how we are playing a long, sometimes hard, game.
In 2015, a historic election in Yakima brought the first female majority in the City Council’s history. In 2016, we helped usher in a diverse, majority-women city council in Seattle. In 2017, we celebrated that our two endorsed candidates for Everett Mayor made it through the primary, leading to the first woman mayor in the City’s 124-year history. That year we also helped make history with the largest political march ever recorded. In 2019, our three endorsed candidates for Snohomish County Council received the highest number of democratic primary votes among seven candidates, and slowly but surely, we are shifting the balance of their historically majority-male council. We also supported Washington’s first woman and first openly gay Speaker of the State House. We are making huge, important progress.
These elected womxn have brought—and are bringing—policies and changes that reflect the needs, concerns and priorities of those who have been left out of decision-making for far too long.
Every day and every year we push. We move the needle. We make gains. We change how the world looks, who is at the table, and who is in charge.
The President of the United States was unfortunately not Victoria Woodhull in 1872, or Shirley Chisholm or Patsy Mink in 1972. It was not Hillary Clinton in 2008 or 2016, and it will not be Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Marianne Williamson or even Tulsi Gabbard in 2020.
But this we know—the next President of the United States is being elected, by you, right now – to city council, to county council, to school board, to state house and senate, and to Congress. Your work, your passion, your support – it’s not for nothing. It’s everything. And it is making a difference so that one day soon, the best woman will indeed win.
Continue to Push for Womxn: Candidate Trainings
NWPC-WA’s popular womxn candidate and campaign trainings start this month. DONATE HERE to sponsor a future candidate or campaign manager or advertise your business.
Details and registration information can be found by visiting our events page at www.nwpcwa.org/events, or contact NWPC-WA Training and Education Chair, Christina Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Note: We are closely monitoring public health recommendations in Washington and will let all participants know of changes to location or online status.
Continue to Push for Women: Endorsements
Are you a pro-choice woman running for public office – anything from local school board to Congress? If so, NWPC-WA wants to help you succeed by endorsing you and supporting your campaign! To qualify for the Caucus’s endorsement, candidates must identify as women or non-binary. They must demonstrate support for equal rights, reproductive freedom, and social equity and justice for womxn. In addition, they must have a competitive campaign plan.
Our early endorsement process has begun, and our questionnaires are live and are available HERE.
For more information about our endorsement process, please email email@example.com and be sure to include the position you are running for and the jurisdiction it represents.
posted by Emily Wicks | February 13, 2020
When I first started high school, I wasn’t the passionate, political feminist I am today. Then I met Christina. As much as she might beg to differ, it was her display of the kindness and acceptance of others, the thoughtful way she presented opinions and insights, and the unique ability she had to see multiple sides of important issues that made me the person I am today.
Over the years, we’ve fought hard to pass bonds and levies for kids in our hometown, raised money for student scholarships and teacher grants, facilitated the endorsement of amazing womxn candidates, and coordinated detailed trainings designed to fuel the pipeline of womxn running for public office.
Christina and I have become an unstoppable force in our community. She is my friend. She is my mentor. She is my confidant. She is my Galentine!
Tell us about your Galentine!
Galentine's Day is TODAY, February 13
We want to hear about and celebrate YOUR Galentines! In celebration of Galentine’s Day on February 13, we’re asking you to DONATE $50 to honor a Womxn in your life!
Simply DONATE. Then submit a photo of you and your Galentine, and a note about on why you chose to honor them. We’ll post your Galentine’s Day message on our social media accounts (like the one submitted from Breann below) and we'll send your Galentine a personal email.
Your Galentine’s Day donation helps NWPC-WA facilitate and provide scholarships at our day-long candidate trainings for womxn.
DONATE today and recognize an amazing womxn in your life!
Seattle Womxn's March
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 1 p.m.
NWPC-WA is helping to mobilize Washington womxn to participate in the Seattle sister march. The 2020 Womxn’s March marks three years of resistance and three years of building power together.
No matter what issue we are fighting for, no matter how we fight for justice, womxn are always stronger when we fight united. The Womxn’s March has knitted together a powerful movement of people who share a common belief that freedom is for everyone, without exception. In 2020, #WomxnRise and from our doorsteps to the White House, we’re going all in to fight for our future.
Candidate Trainings for Women are Here
NWPC-WA’s popular trainings start in March, and thanks to a grant from our national organization, they include two trainings exclusively for women of color.
There are a ton of ways to be involved and make a difference. DONATE HERE to sponsor a future candidate or campaign manager or advertise your consulting business.
Details and registration information can be found by visiting our events page at www.nwpcwa.org/events, or contact NWPC-WA Training and Education Chair, Christina Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org and save the dates:
Are you a pro-choice woman running for public office – anything from local school board to Congress? If so, NWPC-WA can help you succeed by endorsing you. To qualify for the Caucus’ endorsement, candidates must identify as women or non-binary. They must demonstrate support for equal rights, reproductive freedom, and social equity and justice for women. In addition, they must have a competitive campaign plan.
Our early endorsement process begins each year in April and regular endorsements take place in June, but our questionnaires are live and are available HERE.
For more information about our endorsement process, please email email@example.com and be sure to include the position you are running for and the municipality it represents.
posted by Emily Wicks | January 09, 2020
We Have Work to Do
This is an organization like no other and I am honored to serve as its leader during such a momentous year – the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage – 100 years of a woman’s right to vote.
Wow. That actually really sucks. That means that 143 of the years in which the United States has had independence, women didn’t have a damn say.
During that time, laws, decided only by men, made it so women ceased to legally exist once married to a man. Laws, decided only by men, forced women out of government jobs, and denied them access to birth control. Laws, decided only by men, prevented women from accessing higher education, any of the professions and, as written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
“nearly all the profitable employments”.
These laws, decided by men (usually white) especially excluded and created additional barriers for women of color.
At this week’s Golden Globes, Michelle Williams offered a challenge to all of us,
“So, women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest. It's what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. But don't forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let's make it look more like us.”
It truly is essential that we turn out to vote, but voting isn’t enough. Women’s rights and Suffrage are not synonymous terms. It’s when women vote, and when women get elected that we are able to slowly peel back a system that worked against women, and thus, against a more just and thriving society for all.
Equal opportunity for women to advance is still at risk, but the year 2020 could mark the beginning of a major shift. Womxn need to vote, womxn need to get elected, and womxn need to get involved and stay involved.
We have work to do. Join the cause – and the Caucus.
posted by Hannah Febach | September 17, 2019
We here at NWPC-WA are working hard to recruit, train and elect more women to all levels of office here in Washington State. But that doesn’t mean we’re not paying attention to what’s happening in the other Washington! We’ve been keeping a close eye on the race for the democratic presidential nomination. While we love to see a race filled with so many incredible, strong women candidates, we wanted to know exactly how each of these women see the abortion issue. So we did some research. Here’s what we found out.Read more
posted by Samantha Casne | July 31, 2019
SEATTLE– The National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA) is ecstatic at the historic election of Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) as the next Speaker of the House in Washington State, and first female Speaker in state history.Read more
posted by Constance McBarron | July 03, 2019
We sat down with Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO of The Cru and New York Times best-selling author of the book, Drop the Ball. Dufu was a keynote speaker at Merrill and Bank of America’s 2019 #WomenInvested event in Bellevue. Tiffany lives in New York, but she was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington.
When asked what she does, Dufu shares that she relentlessly pursues one goal: a world in which women’s gifts and voices are fully harnessed for the benefit of all of us.
Her good advice and personal revelations span gender and generation.Read more