Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mayor's Gender Equity Event on March 28

In honor of Women's History Month the City of Los Angeles and the Mayor's Gender Equity Team, in partnership with Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) are excited to host an event aimed at increasing the number of buildings, streets, landmarks, and facilities named after women. The event is bringing people together to help collect information on the influential women of Los Angeles. The information gathered will be used to create the City's first ever digital Women's Rights Historic Context as well as produce a list of influential Angelenas to have accessible when needing to name a landmark. The Historic Context will tell the narrative and provide a timeline of the milestones involved in the women's rights movement of Los Angeles.  If she can't see it, she can't be it! 
Join us, March 28, from 5-7:30 pm at MSMU Doheny Campus (10 Chester Pl, LA). to help collect information on the influential women of Los Angeles. Food will be provided.

You can register here.


Caroline Menjivar
David Bohnett Fellow, Gender Equity
Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation
M.S.W. Candidate, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 2018
Mobile : 818-967-1729

Monday, March 19, 2018

Here are five ways women who are running to shake up the status quo can deliver a rousing call for change

1. Tell them why.
Clearly state why you are running to demonstrate the skin you have in this election. As an abuse survivor, Winfrey is a credible standard bearer for the #MeToo movement’s call for safety and equality.
When you share why you care it helps the audience understand that your candidacy is not a career move, but a stride towards change. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is wife and daughter to formerly incarcerated Black men says her reasons for serving are different from the older, white incumbent Congressman she’s challenging. Pressley describes her candidacy as an intentional force to dismantle barriers and provide opportunity for everyone.
Women run for office to do something, rather than to be something. This commitment is a powerful credential for voters aching for diverse leaders who offer a new direction.
2. Show credentials.
Women candidates are redefining what it means to be qualified. They are reevaluating how they view their life experiences as moms, daughters, sisters and partners. And, they are saying I can do the job.
In a remarkable ad, Sol Flores tells how she overcame sexual abuse to show her readiness to fight for others. Flores pledges to fight as hard in Congress as she did to protect her 11-year old self from the man who preyed on her. It is a powerful story because Flores has carefully thought out how she describes the ordeal and speaks from a place of strength.
By touting life experience as an advantage, women can reassure voters their personal lives won’t interfere with working on their behalf. Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder said, “I have a brain and a uterus and I use them both.” Case in point, newly elected Virginia state legislator Kathy Tran who knocked on doors with infant daughter Elise in tow and brought her along for the swearing in ceremony. And, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth an Iraqi war veteran who announced she is pregnant and will be the first sitting senator to give birth in office. These leaders are serving so they can deliver maternity care, paid family leave, and safe schools.
3. Make a value connection.
Personal stories reflect the values many voters long to have affirmed. Winfrey told us about Recy Taylor who was gang raped by six armed, white men who left her to die on the side of a road. No one was ever prosecuted for the crime in Jim Crow Alabama. Winfrey asked us to respect Taylor and care about justice for all who’ve endured abuse.
A strong statement of belief is more compelling than data. Numbers add support to an argument but alone won’t move people. It is difficult for political opponents to convincingly sway others by attacking someone’s core beliefs. Plus, a value statement is a good defense against fake news.
Pennsylvania doesn’t have a single woman in its Congressional delegation and Chrissy Houlahan is running to be a new voice. The Air Force veteran is the mother of a lesbian and the daughter of an immigrant who could not stand by and watch the current administration disparage members of her family. While it’s possible to disagree with Houlahan on an issue such as the deportation of Dreamers, it’s harder to argue against the value she places on protecting families.
4. Write it out and practice.
Winfrey spoke forcefully without the aid of a prompter. In a deceivingly effortless manner, she: (1) thanked the people who inspired her, (2) commended the Hollywood Foreign Press, (3) honored silence breakers, and (4) encouraged us to keep hope alive. The transcript of the speech is a model of organization and precision writing. Arrange content into chapters so you don’t leave out something important – acknowledge supporters, share accomplishments, lay out contrast with opponent, and ask for their vote.
Winfrey later said she worried about being cut off before finishing. Let a pen be your mighty warrior sword. Start by putting the stump on paper so it can be internalized. And, wordsmithed. Winfrey used specific details to add texture and create vivid images with lines like: “sitting on the linoleum floor” and “bone-tired from cleaning other people’s house.”
Don’t hesitate to use notes to prompt the flow and phrasing. A few notecards signal time was taken to prepare and they can serve as a security blanket if nervous.
5. Use vocal gravitas.
The power words were matched by Winfrey’s fierce bearing and the velocity of her sound. Listen to the variance in the pace as it accelerated to 165-words per minute when she thanked her supporters. Then slowed to a deliberate 100-word tempo: “But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.” The commanding cadence ensured her conviction rang loud and clear, “A new day is on the horizon.”
Many Americans are seeking the conviction women candidates offer. Even with all the women currently running they make up less than a quarter of all likely Congressional candidates. Breaking through a field crowded with white, male voices requires a speech that resonates with people who are disgusted with the way things are being run.
With practice and learning it is possible to be heard and have an Oprah moment.
Speech coach Christine K. Jahnke is the author of The Well-Spoken Woman.


How gender is shaping 2018 midterms


The 2018 primary season is officially underway, and that means gender is already shaping campaigns and media coverage. Among the top headlines following the nation’s first primary in Texas was that more than half of the 53 women running for Congress won nominations or qualified for runoffs. In several races, women will face off against each other.
With or without a woman on the ballot, gender dynamics have always played an important, if complicated, role in electoral politics. In 2015, we launched a groundbreaking project to illuminate and track the influence of gender during an unprecedented presidential campaign. We’ve just launched a new project, Gender Watch 2018, to provide expert analysis and perspective on gender in the national midterm elections.


Events in West Hollywood for Women's History Month

Saturday, March 3, 2018


NWPC LA Westside March West Hollywood Membership Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Special Guest:  City of West Hollywood Council Member Lauren Meister

With Opening Remarks by former City of West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land

Abbe Land
Lauren Meister

Please join us for our March and first West Hollywood membership meeting to
network with women elected officials, candidates, and NPWC members! Our first West Hollywood Membership Meeting will begin with cocktails and mingling at 6:30 p.m., followed by opening remarks by former City of West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land at 7:30 p.m. Our Keynote Speaker will be City of West Hollywood Council Member Lauren Meister. 

RSVP by Thursday, March 22, 2018, is strongly encouraged and appreciated. 
All NWPC LA Westside members and friends are welcome to join you! 

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Co-Chairs Joy Freiberg and Julie Stromberg, NWPC LA Westside

Hugo's Restaurant
(323) 654-3993

Julie Stromberg, NWPC LA Westside,

Friday, March 2, 2018

Women's History Month

Women's History Month

"Run, but be prepared first...don't drop out, you can take defeat after defeat... but keep going." - Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator (D-CA)
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is one of history's most iconic women in politics.  Born in San Francisco, Feinstein graduated from Stanford University in 1955 with a B.A. in history. In 1970 she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She served as the board's first female president in 1978, during which time the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk drew national attention. She only recently opened up about how those assassinations changed her life and propelled her views on gun control as one of California's first female Senators.  

Feinstein was the author of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004. In 2013 she introduced a new assault weapons bill, which failed to pass. Feinstein is the first and only woman to have chaired the Senate Rules Committee (2007–2009) and the Select Committee on Intelligence from 2009 to 2015, when the Democrats lost control of the Senate. NWPC California is proud to have Senator Feinstein as a member, mentor, and endorsed candidate. We know that she is determined to finish her legacy by making the world a better place.  She has never displayed the obsequious arrogance most politicians have. Thank you for your service and the herstory you continue to make. 

A Message from the President
Happy March!  It’s Women’s History Month and time to really buckle down and make sure we elect more women this year.  This is a preview of what is included below.

California will have many women on the ballot for statewide office, Congress, the Legislature, and local government.   Many women have already been endorsed by NWPC-CA, starting with our candidate for Governor, Delaine Eastin.  We anticipate many more endorsements at the state and local level.  As we’ve seen over recent years, the more women run, the more women win!   We can make history in California this year if we work hard enough.

There are countervailing forces.  While some women did well at the California Democratic Convention last weekend, the “good old boys” syndrome kept some great women from gaining endorsements, or men getting endorsements in races with multiple women candidates.  It won’t be another “year of the woman” until we win enough races to actually move the needle more visibly toward parity, and then build on those gains in the future.  Women lost ground in the state legislature over the past 10 years—we need to get back to where we were—over 30%--and then build on that toward real equality.

Many NWPC members work hard for our endorsed candidates and deserve kudos.  But our aim has to be to get more members directly involved in campaign.  All of us have to stretch ourselves as much as possible.   Women’s rights are being pushed back at the federal level, and California is the strongest state fighting the profoundly anti-woman Trump administration.  The more women in office we have, from U.S. Senate (NWPC has endorsed Senator Dianne Feinstein) to the most obscure local office, the stronger we’ll be in creating true equality and a political system that works for everybody.  I look forward to NWPC-CA having a real role in getting us closer this year.

In Sisterhood,
Karen Humphrey
NWPC California

Highlights of the California Democratic Party Convention
San Diego, weekend of Feb. 23-25

  • Everybody should go to a major political convention at least once—it’s a raucous, chaotic, overblown, frantic, yet joyous celebration of the democratic process (small “d”).  Interest –group caucuses, late-night parties, backroom intrigue, general sessions where speakers are ignored as often as not, and a general overall sense that something important is happening, even amidst the chaos, make it an experience well worth having—at least once in your life.  And the Dems (“I don’t belong to any organized political party.  I’m a Democrat” said Will Rogers)—are usually more fun than anybody else.
  • The effort to help Delaine in the endorsement contest with “the boys” was really successful—she greatly exceeded expectations coming in a strong third, with 20% of the vote, and she helped deny an endorsement to any other candidate.  It proves that when Delaine gets heard, she gets votes!  Watch her speech here. 
  • We were delighted by how many women candidates showed up and campaigned actively.  Kudos to our endorsed candidates Betty Yee and Fiona Ma for their CDP endorsements, and to endorsed Lt. Gov. candidate Eleni Kounalakis for coming in 2nd – by only one point! – to Ed Hernandez.  And to many others who created a strong feminist presence at the convention.
  • It was disappointing that Senator Dianne Feinstein, endorsed by NWPC, did not win the party endorsement.  It must be a wake-up call that her re-election is not a given, and we need to step up for her.   And just for the record, DiFi is NOT “soft” on Trump!
  • We were incensed by the misogyny evident in the crowds who heckled Dianne and Delaine, but none of the male candidates, when their speech time ran out.  Almost every speaker spoke too long (they’re politicians, for heaven’s sake!), but calls of “time’s up!” were aimed only at the two women.

    All in all, we have a lot of work to do if we want to ensure gender parity among all institutions, including the democratic party.  Many of our members are Democrats.  But that doesn't give the Party a free pass when they ignore qualified women candidates that have just as good as a chance - if not more - as their male counterparts to win in a heated race against Donald Trump apologists. 

In February, the NWPC California Political Action Committee met and conferred over endorsements in several races.  We are pleased to announce that after ratification of the NWPC California Board, we have endorsed the following candidates:

* Assembly District 45 Special Election (West San Fernando Valley) — Endorsement of Tricia Kasson Robbins 

* Lieutenant Governor — Endorsement of Eleni Kounalakis

* Senate District 34 (Huntington Beach) — Endorsement of Gerri Schipske

* Assembly District 47 (Rialto) — Endorsement of Eloise Gomez Reyes (Incumbent)

We hope you'll join us in support of their campaigns!

Women are the Answer
Will you help us get Delaine Eastin through the primary? To build on the momentum of her good showing at the Democratic Convention, NWPC’s endorsed candidate for Governor of California, Delaine Eastin, will hold a “Day of Action” on Saturday, March 10—the middle of Women’s History Month.   If you’ve already signed up as a volunteer or contributor on Delaine’s website (, you should be getting information on the plans to canvass and call voters.  If you haven’t signed up, please go to the website and do so—you can’t have a successful grassroots campaign without the grassroots workers!
Also, Delaine continues to be doing more with less—but she urgently needs your financial help to keep this campaign momentum building.  Please go to her website and donate online or get instructions for sending a check.  If you can do a monthly contribution, that’s even better.  The next reporting deadline is March 31st—please help her look strong by making a contribution before that date!
And for the record, ALL of the NWPC endorsed candidates—statewide, Congressional, and legislative—need our help and our dollars.  Check out the report on endorsed candidates in this newsletter, and find links to their websites on our NWPC website at
Mark Your Calendars! 

Join NWPC California chapters as we celebrate Women's History Month
  • NWPC Fresno: Regular monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, March, 5th at 5:30 PM BWOPA state president Dezi Woods-Jones is the guest speaker
  • NWPC Fresno: Saturday, April 28th 10AM-2:00PM candidate training at the BBB 2600 W. Shaw Lane, Fresno, Ca 93711
  • NWPC Fresno:  The caucus will also be hosting a Spring Social on April 30. 5:30-7 and beyond. Venue - TBD

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHT: African American Policy Forum

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NWPC CA Endorsements

* Assembly District 45 Special Election (West San Fernando Valley) — Endorsement of Tricia Kasson Robbins 

* Lieutenant Governor — Endorsement of Eleni Kounalakis

* Senate District 34 (Huntington Beach) — Endorsement of Gerri Schipske

* Assembly District 47 (Rialto) — Endorsement of Eloise Gomez Reyes (Incumbent)

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