Happy Holidays from the Women's Caucus

 
 
 
Happy Holidays from the DPW Women's Caucus! We would like to thank you for your support during the last year and encourage you to stay involved in 2016. We have several exciting events planned for the New Year and look forward to seeing you there! Please stay tuned for more information. 

The Women's Caucus is seeking Congressional District Captains for Wisconsin's 4th and 5th Congressional Districts. CD Captains will help the Women's Caucus organize within their area, creating a strong base of support for women's issues throughout the state.

If you are interested in becoming a CD Captain, the application can be found here. The two positions will remain open until filled. Please email the Women's Caucus with any questions or comments.
 
Panel Discussion with the National Organization for Women
On Saturday, October 17th, the board of the Women's Caucus, Jennifer Johnson, Chair, Emily Kuhn, Vice Chair, and Angela Lang, Treasurer/Secretary, was invited to speak at the State Convention of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Madison, Wisconsin. Topics brought forth by the audience included ways to increase women voters at the polls, increase women's representation in the legislature, and issues effecting women, like equal pay. After the hour long panel, the board joined the convention attendees for a luncheon and continued discussion in roundtable format. The Women's Caucus enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the Wisconsin members of the National Organization for Women and to hear the concerns of women throughout the state.
 
 
 
Women's Caucus Member Updates
The Women's Caucus CD Captains and leadership team have been participating in women's issues events throughout Wisconsin. Check out what they've been up to:

3rd CD - Kari Ives, Chippewa Falls

"I attended the AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees) Women's Leadership Academy graduation ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri. The training began in June when 31 women met and worked hard during a week long intensive training on how to strengthen unions. By the end of the week, attendees had finalized goals of what they would achieve in their home unions and had the opportunity to work toward those goals during the following six months. Each participant was given the opportunity to meet other women who are leaders in their unions to establish a mentorship and to set up meetings so that they could assist in their projects or with any other obstacles during this six month period. The Women’s Leadership Academy is designed for women officers or activists at the local union level.

"I had the honor of mentoring two women this year and assisted them in their journey. It is amazing how these women have grown since June and what they have accomplished. This was very exciting for me as I was a participant in the very first Women's Leadership Academy and the influence it has had on my life was significant.  If you or someone you know is a member of AFSCME and wants to grow her knowledge and be more involved in her union this is a wonderful opportunity to grow, learn, and build AFSCME. Please visit this link for information about the 2016 Women’s Leadership Academy."

If there is a women's issue event in your area that you would like the DPW Women's Caucus to attend or be a part of, please email dpw.womenscaucus@gmail.com.