Democratic Women's Alliance November 2015 Newsletter

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

~ Diane Ackerman
  Author, Poet, Naturalist

ASDC: Checking in with the State Party System!
Wednesday November 25, 2015
3:00pm ET

1- The first medical school for women, The New England Female Medical College, opened in 1848. 

3 - Election Day

4 - Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was elected thefirst female governor in the U.S. (1924)

5 - Susan B. Anthony voted for the first time (1872)

5 - Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress (1968)

8 - Washington passed a Constitutional amendmentguaranteeing women the right to vote (1910)

11 - Veterans Day

18 - Rep. Mae Ella Nolan (R-CA) became the first woman to chair a congressional committee

21 - Rebecca Latimer Felton became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate

26 - Thanksgiving
5 - Mary Crisp, American politician and former Republican National Convention Co-Chair who was publicly rebuked by President Reagan for her support of the Equal Rights Amendment and opposition to a Constitutional ban on abortion

6 - Ruth Messinger,American politician and the first woman to secure the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York

11 - Abigail Adams, former First Lady of the U.S.

12 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, social activist and leading figure in the early women's rights movement

29 - Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first female governor in the U.S.

30 - Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to be elected to Congress
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Letter from the Chair

Dear DWA Partners:

On Fox News Sunday, Speaker Paul Ryan further brushed off this country’s need to meet the rest of the modern world and ensure paid family leave for hardworking Americans. 

It’s great that Speaker Ryan can speak so openly about his family time, which no one, especially me, can fault him for wanting. But it's disappointing that he refuses to extend that right to all Americans. He is in a unique position to take action on behalf of millions of other moms and dads; what a role model he could be as a young working father with a visible, prominent job in America! Instead he shirks responsibility and brushes the issue away by raising a favorite specter of the right – government mandates. If Republicans are serious about governing they have to recognize that the government has a responsibility to level the playing field for American workers. Paid leave is an earned benefit, like unemployment insurance, that will represent a savings for the economy and for the workers who today are footing a bigger bill to take care of themselves or their family.
We have to get to a place where elected officials actually walk the walk on the policies most important to middle class Americans and working families. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress and in the GOP Presidential field are sprinting in the other direction. Not a single Republican presidential candidate supports ensuring paid leave for families. They either refuse to support paid leave policies that help working families get ahead, or they offer sham proposals that in practice do nothing for families. 
Families shouldn't have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of a newborn or family member. Democrats understand that - that's why we're building on President Obama's pro-family agenda. We stand behind policies like raising the wage, equal pay for women and paid family leave to continue the progress President Obama began. By electing any of the Republicans running for president, we'd be taking a huge step backwards.

P.S. I hope you can all join the DWA Monthly Webinar on on Wednesday, November 25th at 3:00pm ETCLICK HERE to register!


Alliance Updates

DNC Women's Caucus. The Democratic Women’s Alliance trained over 240 women and men on Thursday, October 22 in messaging, civic engagement, and grassroots organizing skills.  Attendance was over 100% growth from last year’s training session.  The training brought young professionals, seasoned activists and longtime WLF members together to network and share best practices.  Multiple sets of mothers and daughters as well as mentors and mentees were in attendance.  Thank you to all who were able to join! If you have an update or event you would like to see in this space please email

Women's Leadership Forum. The WLF hosted its 22nd Annual National Issues Conference on October 22nd-23rd with over 640 attendees! The two day event included remarks from President Barack Obama, all 2016 Democratic presidential candidates, panel discussions, and a political training session. Thank you to all who attended and continue to support this important initiative! 

National Federation of Democratic Women. The Texas Democratic Women hosted the second Blue Ribbon Lobby Day this past spring. Democratic women from all over the state and they were supported by their elected officials who dressed in blue. If you would like to see pictures or articles, simply go to our Facebook page "Texas Democratic Women" or our website  To join your state Federation CLICK HERE.

Association of State Democratic Chairs. What an exciting time to be a part of state parties! With all of the energy surrounding this year’s elections in KY, VA, MS and LA as well as HUGE state convention and JJ dinners in FL, IA and NH; Team ASDC has had some great opportunities to partner with our members in the states to share some of their successes and best practices and plug in to their operations to give the always needed volunteer boost!
We are beginning the 7th week of ASDC’s T3 Training program, led by Training Director, Vanna Cure. We are received an overwhelming response from activists and local leaders. Our trainings has ranged from grassroots organizing to communication strategy to social media management to candidate recruitment. Many thanks to our training partners from across the country who have helped make this program a successs!

Through 3 weeks, we’ve held 6 training sessions with a total attendance of over 700. At the conclusion of the 8-week program, participants will have the tools they need to train new campaign volunteers. With the excitement around the program, we look forward to another 5 weeks of intense training with activists from across the country!
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