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June 2020: Annual Elections Meeting Featuring How CWI Member Organizations are Changing with the Covid-19 Pandemic

CWI plays an important role in fostering collaboration among organizations supporting a wide variety of feminist issues. We are finding that we can do this effectively during this Covid 19 pandemic. This June meeting focuses on recruiting new member organizations to join us in making a powerful effective collective impact to obtain increased support for multiple goals such as getting the ERA in the U.S. Constitution and creating a gender equitable U.S. foreign policy. The importance of the November 2020 U.S. elections in accomplishing these goals is vital.

CWI, a 46 year old non profit composed of organizational and individual members, has focused on working with other non profit organizations with a feminist presence in the Washington, DC area but as we are now operating virtually we realize that we can serve all the nation. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain ideas and advice from current and prospective CWI organizational members on how to provide this CWI dissemination and collaborative leadership even more effectively and to address special challenges during the pandemic.

We assume that in this specialized world gender equity advocates and their organizations collaborate in their own silos of expertise. But our issues are overlapping and feminists are willing and interested in supporting multiple issues outside their regular purview. However they often need to learn more about these issues and to use strategies to deliberately provide their organizational and individual support.

CWI often provides an opportunity for our organizational members to describe their focus at the June Meetings. This June 25 we will prioritize this benefit for new CWI organizational members. We will also feature the We Demand More Coalition which was formed to monitor and influence how legislation and policies are addressing the needs of women and families related to the Covid -19 Pandemic and beyond.

Advantages of being a CWI individual or organizational member include:

  • Opportunities to learn about critical feminist issues in areas outside your expertise via CWI monthly meetings, newsletters, and meeting videos.
  • Member organizations can learn about each other’s work by CWI facilitated sharing of meeting announcements, resources, presenting at CWI meetings, signing on to each other’s letters and more.

Organizational members are also encouraged to share CWI disseminated information with their own members. More specifically, organizational members will have their organization’s URL listed on the CWI website, be entitled to have 2 members on the CWI member email list, serve on the all volunteer CWI Board of directors and help plan and sponsor CWI meetings in their focus areas where they can improve feminists’ technical and advocacy capacity. See last page for membership information. Multiple year discounts include a three-year organizational membership for only $100. Gift memberships are also encouraged.

RSVP to the Zoom meeting here. At meeting time, remember to join without activating your video and or audio if you do not wish to be seen, heard, or recorded. You may also want to rename your participant name to first name and last initial. This meeting will be recorded and posted to YouTube.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May 2020 Program: Getting ERA in the U.S. Constitution

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. First introduced by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman in 1923, It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in matters of divorce, property, employment, and other issues. The recent passage of the ERA in Virginia made it the 38th state to ratify and achieved the threshold of  ¾ of the  American states  required to add an amendment to the constitution.  While our hearts were buoyed by this long awaited step, the battle  may not be over yet.

We have invited four activists to talk about the background, support, and final steps to enshrine the ERA in the US constitution:

Bettina Hager, the DC Director and COO of the ERA Coalition (www.eracoalition.org) and Fund for Women’s Equality, has extensive background in preparing advocacy materials  and training  lobbyists on the issues of constitutional equality.  Bettina will provide the background of the ERA and the ERA Coalition’s  work that has moved it forward to be placed in the Constitution in the United States.  She will explain the three-state ratification strategy legislation sponsored by Sen. Cardin in April, 2014 and how it has gotten us to this point.

We have invited Kim Cummings and Anna Bradley, members of the Virginia Social Action Task Force of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (deltasigmatheta.org.) The Task Force is made up of representatives of the 46 chapers (30 Alumnae and 16 Collegiate) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will speak about the Delta’s  critical support role in the Virginia passage of ERA. The Deltas- noted for their bright red suits and civic and community engagement works – are an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.  An integral part in the earlier passage of the 19th amendment which gave all women the right to vote, they have thrown their influence and energy in characteristic fashion to ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Ellie Smeal, current president of Feminist Majority and Feminist Majority Foundation (feministmajority.org and feminist.org )  and past president of the National Organization for Women, has fought on the frontlines for women’s equality for more than three decades. In the 1970s, as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she spearheaded the drive to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the largest nationwide grassroots and lobbying campaign in the history of the modern women’s movement. Smeal also pioneered the use of the Internet as a feminist organizing and research tool by launching the Feminist Majority Foundation Online in 1995.  Always the organizer and practical realist, she will speak about the steps that need to be covered to get the ERA finally placed in the US Constitution in the United States.

As always, questions and discussion are a welcome part of the meeting, after the speakers have finished their presentations.

CWI meetings are free and open to the public.  A RSVP to attend online is required.

RSVP to the Zoom meeting here.  At meeting time, remember to join without activating your video and or audio if you do not wish to be seen, heard, or recorded.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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May 2020 Program: Getting ERA in the U.S. Constitution

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. First introduced by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman in 1923, It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in matters of divorce, property, employment, and other issues. The recent passage of the ERA in Virginia made it the 38th state to ratify and achieved the threshold of  ¾ of the  American states  required to add an amendment to the constitution.  While our hearts were buoyed by this long awaited step, the battle  may not be over yet.

We have invited four activists to talk about the background, support, and final steps to enshrine the ERA in the US constitution:

Bettina Hager, the DC Director and COO of the ERA Coalition (www.eracoalition.org) and Fund for Women’s Equality, has extensive background in preparing advocacy materials  and training  lobbyists on the issues of constitutional equality.  Bettina will provide the background of the ERA and the ERA Coalition’s  work that has moved it forward to be placed in the Constitution in the United States.  She will explain the three-state ratification strategy legislation sponsored by Sen. Cardin in April, 2014 and how it has gotten us to this point.

We have invited Kim Cummings and Anna Bradley, members of the Virginia Social Action Task Force of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated(deltasigmatheta.org.) The Task Force is made up of representatives of the 46 chapers (30 Alumnae and 16 Collegiate) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will speak about the Delta’s  critical support role in the Virginia passage of ERA. The Deltas- noted for their bright red suits and civic and community engagement works – are an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.  An integral part in the earlier passage of the 19th amendmentwhich gave all women the right to vote, they have thrown their influence and energy in characteristic fashion to ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Ellie Smeal, current president of Feminist Majority and Feminist Majority Foundation (feministmajority.org and feminist.org )  and past president of the National Organization for Women, has fought on the frontlines for women’s equality for more than three decades. In the 1970s, as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she spearheaded the drive to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the largest nationwide grassroots and lobbying campaign in the history of the modern women’s movement. Smeal also pioneered the use of the Internet as a feminist organizing and research tool by launching the Feminist Majority Foundation Online in 1995.  Always the organizer and practical realist, she will speak about the steps that need to be covered to get the ERA finally placed in the US Constitution in the United States.

As always, questions and discussion are a welcome part of the meeting, after the speakers have finished their presentations.

CWI meetings are free and open to the public.  A RSVP to attend online is required.

RSVP to the Zoom meeting here.  At meeting time, remember to join without activating your video and or audio if you do not wish to be seen, heard, or recorded.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.