We are the National Women’s Political Caucus Los Angeles Westside (NWPC LA Westside), a multi-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. We endorse women for public office. We work to recruit, train, and support pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices and at all levels of government.
April 4-5, 2014: WEHO Women's Leadership Conference
The 8th annual West
Hollywood's Women's Leadership Conference: Unlimited Opportunities -
Knowledge.Power.Community. will be held April 4 - 5, 2014!
The mission of the West Hollywood Women's Leadership Conference is to
provide tools and support, inspired by the City's Core Values, for
women to be successful leaders in their private lives, in business and
in the community.
Keynote Leadership Luncheon panel will feature an innovative
and in-depth discussion around Women in the Arts & Media and will
feature Patt Morrison, LA Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize
Winner; Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director of the California
African American Museum; Jane Espenson, Writer and Producer of hit shows
such asBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, and the acclaimed
online series Husbands; and Brad Bell, Writer, Actor, and Producer of
the acclaimed online series Husbands!
In honor of Women's History Month, the Controller's Office used the vast amounts of data that they have put on their "ControlPanelLA" to create afirst annual snapshot of the status of women in Los Angeles City government. What they found confirms what many of us already know - while we have made great strides to close the wage gap, there is still much more work ahead of us to achieve true parity. URL
A newsletter to keep you informed about all
things women and politics from the Center for American Women and
Politics, Rutgers University
CAWP Welcomes Leader Pelosi
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Rutgers for a conversation
with CAWP director Debbie Walsh. More than 500 students, faculty, staff
and friends of the Center were inspired by Leader Pelosi's observations
on leadership, policy, and the experience and impact of women in
Congress. If you weren't one of the lucky audience members, you can
still catch the discussion here.
Eileen Fisher Supports CAWP with All-Day Sales Event
Special thanks to Eileen Fisher for an unprecedented boost to our work!
Saturday, March 22 was a great day to shop - and support women's
leadership programs. Every Eileen Fisher store in the U.S participated,
with 10% of the day's proceeds going to CAWP's NEW Leadership™ and Ready
to Run™ programs, both in New Jersey and around the country. CAWP
created a special post-card for the occasion to invite a woman to consider running for office (see below). Also highlighted during the event: Rebecca Sive's Every Day is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. Thanks to our partners and friends around the country who helped make the day a success.
You Can Still Ask a Woman to Run!
The sales event is over, but it's never too late to ask a woman you know to step forward as a candidate! Use our post-card to tell her why she'd be a great officeholder and connect her to resources at CAWP.
More NJ Women are Now Ready to Run
Ready to Run™ NJ brought women from across the Garden State - as well
as visitors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and even Colorado - to
master the nuts and bolts of campaigning to win.
Grace Meng (NY) keynoted the Diversity Initiatives, explaining how, as
the only Asian American lawmaker in New York State, she learned from
other legislators of color; after her talk, sessions for Eleccion
Latina, Run Sister Run, and Rising Stars gave women of color their own
opportunities to learn from those already engaged in politics how they
can take the plunge themselves.
Ready to Run™ keynoter Celinda Lake brought a wealth of must-have information for women candidates, and communications expert Chris Jahnke prepped participants to conquer
the camera. Tara Dowdell demystified social media and explained the
best ways to use Facebook, Twitter and other online channels for
campaign outreach. A panel of campaign finance experts, led by Gail
Gordon, delved into the complexities of raising (and reporting!) the
dollars needed for a successful run. And workshops brought the best of
New Jersey's political experts - candidates, officeholders, strategists
and more - to an eager audience of up-and-coming pols. As always, we are
tremendously grateful to the experts who volunteered their time to make
sure New Jersey's political pipeline is filled with women who are ready
Hear How the Magic Happens
Have you ever wondered how CAWP keeps all of the facts on women in office up to date? Check out this staff spotlight of the woman responsible for it all: Gilda Morales, CAWP's Project Manager for Information Services.
Presidential Politics Hear CAWP Senior Scholar Sue Carroll's perspective on the White House's recent push for pay equity on NPR's Morning Edition.
Documenting Female Political Trailblazers
Two recently released documentaries highlight women who made political history. ANITA: Speaking Truth to Powertells
the story of Anita Hill's historic testimony in the Clarence Thomas
confirmation hearings, as well as her efforts on behalf of women and
against sexual harassment since then. Professor Hill recently spoke
about her work and the film on WNYC. Last weekend, Showtime aired Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,
a documentary about Ferraro's 1984 vice presidential candidacy - the
first for any woman on a major party ticket. Bloomberg's Al Hunt
reflects on the film and Ferraro's legacy in his latestcolumn.
In 1971, there were two woman serving in the U.S. Senate and 13 women in the U.S. House of Representatives.
That year, a group of over 300 women united in what became a shake up of the political landscape. These women insisted on having a voice about the issues affecting them and their families, and thus, they founded the National Women’s Political Caucus.
This Women’s History Month we honor the hundreds of thousands of women who have given so much of themselves and worked tirelessly to pave the way for others who continue to keep moving us forward. As Alice Paul said, “When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.”
Today, there are 20 women serving in the U.S. Senate and 79 women in the U.S. House of Representatives. At 18.5% of the total Congress, we have our work before us.
We look to the future, always remembering those upon whose shoulders we stand. From them, we gather our strength to continue the mission.
Please show your strength and determination to elect more pro-choice women by becoming a member of our caucus!