Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ready to Run

Two of our Board members  Barbi Appelquist and Robyn Ritter Simon – are panelists at the Ready to Run conference sponsored by Mount St. Mary’s University in conjunction with Ready to Run.  Please attend and circulate the invite to your friends, colleagues or women you know who are contemplating a run for office.  It should be an empowering day and we hope you can join us.


Ready to Run 2015 Banner
Interested in running for political office, working on a campaign, or getting involved in public service? Prominent political leaders and campaign professionals will provide education, training and mentoring so you can hit the ground running!
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking
10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ready to Run Program and Lunch
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Mount Saint Mary's University 
12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles
Reserve Now! Space is Limited. 
RSVP by February 3, 2015
General Registration: 
$35 by January 16 | $50 on/after January 17
Students: $15
Mount Saint Mary's University students: Free
Registration includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch and reception.

Women for Lindsey Horvath for West Hollywood City Council on February 3rd

Women for Lindsey Horvath for West Hollywood City Council

Please join LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl 
Wendy Greuel Kathy Spillar Susie Gilligan 
Cathy Unger Deb Spector 
Bettina Duval Robyn Ritter Simon Karriann Farrell Hinds Barbi Appelquist Valerie Ploumpis 
Sue Burnside Ivy Bottini Reina Martinez Silvia Salguero Noemi Torres Yola Dore 
Torie Osborn Kate 
Anderson Suzy Jack Becca Doten Kabira Stokes Ilissa 
Gold Samantha Millman Joyce Schorr 
Serena Josel Barbara Glazer Keri Moore Michelle Jackino Julie Hermelin 
Jamie Denenberg Esther Aronson Catherine Gray w/ LOL 
& special guests at the Feminist Majority 

HOST: $500
FRIEND: $100

Contributions can be made online:
Please make checks payable to: Lindsey Horvath for City Council 2015

You can mail to:
Lindsey Horvath
PO Box 46826
West Hollywood CA 90046
NOTE: The maximum contribution is $500 per person/company.

February 03, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm

Feminist Majority
433 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Google map and directions

Friday, January 23, 2015

Symposium on Women's Equality at Southwestern on February 13, 2015

We want to let you know about a great symposium put together by the  Journal of International Law at Southwestern Law School. The Symposium is entitled The Global Struggle for Women’s Equality. It will be held at the Southwestern downtown LA campus on Friday, February 13.  Some great speakers, including speakers who focus on combating women’s economic inequality; speakers who are fighting sex trafficking and slavery; speakers who are fighting for women’s equality within the political arena (our own NWPC LA Westside Karriann Farrell Hinds!); and, speakers who are operating cutting edge law school programs on women’s international rights, health and human rights, and, gender and refugee studies. The keynote speaker, Paula Donovan, has a long history of advocacy on behalf of women. The program is complementary for NWPC LA members. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible! 
Email RSVP to:

TOMORROW: January 24!

Meet us poolside at our
Beverly Hills Reception!


Host Committee
(in formation)
Letitia Clark George * Sean Donahoe * Spike Feresten
Jeanette Flores * Sandra Fluke
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez & Mary Hodge
Doug Herman * Wendy Mitchell * Lora O'Connor
Francesca Vega *

Join us for the first Southern California event of the 2015  program year as we celebrate all of the hope and possibilities of the New Year and the inaugural SoCal Class!

Saturday, January 24, 2015
6:30p - 8:30p

Avalon Hotel
9400 W. Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills

Food, drinks, music and a great networking opportunity.

Pick your Sponsorship Level:

$50 Deal Broker
Because "50-50 share alike" is a good motto
(includes 2 event tickets)

$82 Change Maker

Because 82% of the U.S. House of Representatives is
male-dominated. Equal Representation of our democracy?
Not so much. Let's change that!

(includes 3 event tickets)

$250 Host Committee
(includes 5 event tickets and media promo)


Join Our Movement!
Contribute here!
Emerge California is the premier training program for Democratic women.
We inspire women to run and we hone their skills to win.
Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic
women in public office

February 7 - Emerge Event In LA

Save the Date - Sat. Feb 7

Join the 2015 Northern & Southern Emerge CA Class
as we celebrate Black History Month!

Come meet the new cohort of Democratic women leaders who will change the tone, tenor, and face of politics in California and beyond.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
6:30p - 8:30p

Elevate Lounge
811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Food, drinks, music and a great networking opportunity.
This is one Emerge CA event you won't want to miss!

Pick your sponsorship level:
$19.92 Pioneer

only 25 tickets at this level
In honor of Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American
woman elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992

(includes 1 event ticket)

$37 Trailblazer
In honor of Karen Bass, Congresswoman from the 37th District and the nation's first African American female Speaker of the Assembly
(includes 2 event tickets)

$78 Vanguard

In honor of Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, the first African American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress from 1973-1978
(includes 3 event tickets)

$250 Host Committee
In honor of the African American women serving in statewide elected office, including our very own Attorney General, Kamala Harris
(includes 5 event tickets, schwag bag & media promo)

$500 Host Committee
In honor of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress and the first major-party African American
to run for President of the United States

(includes 10 event tickets, schwag bag & media promo)

Event sponsorships available at $1000, $2500 and $5000. 
Please contact Kimberly Ellis if you are interested in being an
event sponsor at or 510-986-0445.


Join Our Movement!
Contribute here!
Emerge California is the premier training program for Democratic women.
We inspire women to run and we hone their skills to win.
Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic
women in public office


Monday, January 12, 2015

Endorsements Press Release - January 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  

Marguerite Cooper

The National Women’s Political Caucus of Los Angeles County issues endorsements for the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community Colleges

Los Angeles, CA: On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Los Angeles County chapters of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) interviewed candidates and made endorsements in the election for the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees:

A dual endorsement for Andra Hoffman, a community college professor, and Francesca Vega, a college policy director, in Seat No.1.

Endorsement for Sydney Kamlager, an education policy advisor, for seat No. 3.

Endorsement for Joyce Burrell Garcia, an educator, for seat No. 7.

Jane Hasler Henick, director of political action for the NWPC L.A. Westside stated, “These women exemplify the experience and the knowledge needed to serve on the Board of Trustees. We were impressed with their commitment to increase access to community colleges and for robust courses in career fields for all students and to special attention to barriers to the advancement of women and girls, students, faculty and staff.”

NWPC is a multi-partisan organization that works to get pro-choice women elected and appointed to public office.

Endorsement for candidates from the NWPC brings votes, volunteers and contributions from the five local chapters: San Fernando Valley, L.A. Metro, Greater Pasadena, South Bay, and L.A. Westside.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Board Member Spotlight: Tori Wender

Tori Wender is a Public Affairs Manager at Cerrell Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based political consulting, public affairs and communications firm. Tori manages local ballot measures and develops strategic communications plans for a wide array of corporate, government and non-profit clients.

Originally from Rhode Island, Tori attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Communications.

Tori has played a game-changing role in building support for candidates and issues nationwide. Prior to joining Cerrell Associates, Tori served as a lead manager of the Strategic Research Department for President Obama’s successful 2012 reelection campaign. She served in a similar capacity on the President’s initial campaign in 2008.

She began her first foray into politics while still in college, interning on the presidential campaign of then-U.S. Senator John Kerry. Following graduation, she spent a decade working on various political campaigns across the country, including for U.S. Senators and labor-backed initiatives.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Secret History of Women in the Senate

The Secret History of Women in the Senate | Politico Magazine

Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina’s junior senator-elect. But Hagan was told that the Senate pool was males-only. Why? Because some of the male senators liked to swim naked.

It took an intervention by Senator Chuck Schumer, head of the Rules Committee, to put a stop to the practice, but even then “it was a fight,” remembers pollster Celinda Lake, who heard about the incident when the pool revolt was the talk among Washington women.

The pool wasn’t the only Senate facility apparently stuck in the Dark Ages. The restroom closest to the Senate floor that was set aside for women senators had only two stalls. By 2013, with 20 women in the Senate, restroom traffic jams were commonplace, forcing some of the female senators to traipse to a first-floor restroom far from the chamber. Two additional stalls, an extra sink and more storage space were added in the fall of 2013, after several female senators raised the issue publicly.
The great potty controversy received news coverage in both the Washington Post and the New York Times, where the female senators were reduced to raving perkily about their new facilities. “We’re even going to have a window,” New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a former governor and foreign policy specialist, was quoted as enthusing.

Yet some indignities have nothing to do with a lack of accommodations.
Debbie Stabenow, a veteran lawmaker, recalls meeting with a senior agricultural lobbyist several years ago, when she was chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and shepherding the massive farm bill.

As they were talking in her office, the lobbyist, an older man, reached over and patted her hand. “I know it’s going to be tough,” he assured her, “but you’ll do the best you can.”
“My blood pressure went up about 20 points,” Stabenow remembers, tension rising even now, long after the farm bill made it through to passage.

In the entire history of the United States Senate, a mere 44 women have served. Ever. Those few who have were elected to a club they were never meant to join, and their history in the chamber is marked by sexism both spectacular and small. For decades in the 20th century after women first joined, many male senators were hardly more than corrupt frat boys with floor privileges, reeking of alcohol and making little secret of their sexual dalliances with constituents, employees and any other hapless subordinate female they could grab. But perhaps more striking is what I found after interviewing dozens of women senators, former senators and their aides over the past several months: Even today, the women of the Senate are confronted with a kind of floating, often subtle, but corrosive sexism, a sense of not belonging that is both pervasive and so counter to the narrative of real, if stubbornly slow, progress that many are reluctant to acknowledge this persistent secret.

A few months ago, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand published a memoir, Off the Sidelines, in which she revealed that after she went on a diet and lost 50 pounds, one of her “favorite older members of the Senate”—later reported to be the late Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye—approached her from behind, “squeezed my waist, and said, ‘Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!’” Gillibrand’s memoir sparked a kind of public outrage that it might not have a few decades ago. But to many of the women senators I spoke with, Gillibrand’s story is so run-of-the mill that they marvel she considered it worthy of mention. “People have commented on my looks,” says Kay Bailey Hutchison, the retired Republican from Texas. “I just think that there are some things you just ought to brush off.”

Read more

Liza Mundy, a contributing editor at Politico Magazine, is program director at the New America Foundation and the author, most recently, of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love, and Family.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Board Member Spotlight: Catherine Hood

Born and raised in Chicago, Catherine J. Hood has always served her communities with compassion, a warm smile and a keen mind focused on addressing important issues. Her career started when she was honored by Mayor of Glendale Heights, Illinois with the Livingston Human Relations award for her demonstration of leadership within that community. This served her well throughout her studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude from DeVry University with a Bachelor in Business Administration. Catherine served as the President of the Dean's Council at DeVry where she worked closely with the Student Affairs Specialist in two campus locations in creating and managing events such as partnering up with many local nonprofit organizations who offered students opportunities for volunteer work as well as future employment. She then set her sights on healthcare advocacy at a non-profit organization called Apostolic Youth and Family Services, a company that seeks to provide Medicaid services to those in need in the Gary, Indiana community.

Catherine moved to Los Angeles where she is currently obtaining her Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State University- LA. This past spring Catherine had the opportunity to participate in a Pat Brown Institute Civic University event where she advocated on behalf of enhancing awareness in the need for affordable housing and fair financing to Mayor Garcetti who is now working to pass SB391, California Homes and Jobs Act.

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