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    CWI Programs -1981 and beyond   (This Past Programs List includes links to videos, when available.)

CWI programs focus on public policy issues of concern to women. Each meeting is devoted to a specific topic, presented by two speakers drawn from the wealth of expertise in the Washington DC area.

Meetings usually take place on the 4th Tuesday of every month from noon – 1pm except July, August and December.

Informal Q & A follows presentations. Speakers may include representatives from academic, government, professional and advocacy organizations.

Past Programs Video and Supporting Materials:

June2024 – “Changes and Challenges in the 2024 Title IX Regulations”
With Rebecca Amadi @GLSEN, Shiwali Patel @NWLC, Karen Truszkowski @ssaisorg, Jeanette Lim Esbrook #TitleIX

Summary and chart of the Title IX rule changes that NWLC developed

May2024-“Celebrating Sex Ed for All Month: Getting the Facts of Life” with @SIECUS Christine Soyong Harley and @AdvocatesTweets Nora Gelperin

Sex Ed Resources and Toolkits for K-12 students:

The Truth about Sex Education – What’s Actually Taught and When

Apr 2024-“Why Feminists Should Fight Christian Nationalism” with @kathsstewart Katherine Stewart and @americansunited @AndrewLSeidel, who are both featured in @godcountrymovie

Resources from Presenters and Attendees:

  1. From Katherine Stewart : BJC summary with report link & release event links about Christian Nationalism & the January 6, 2021 Insurrection  
  2. Andrew Seidel’s reading list to help people understand Christian Nationalism
  3. Recent Movies about Christian Nationalism:  
    Bad Faith
    God & Country  – The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism by Katherine Stewart formed the basis of God & Country, produced by Rob and Michele Reiner. Stewart’s forthcoming book will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2025.
  4. Organization that supports healthy discussions across the “aisle.”

Mar 2024-Celebrating 50th Anniversaries: Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, Ms. Magazine & Other Feminist Orgs with Eleanor Smeal, Katherine Spillar, Anne Martin, Estelle Mitchell, Melvina Ford, Marty Langelan, Karen Humphrey, and more of our sisters

*Affirming known sister orgs also celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2024 ! @WomensSportsFdn @EqualRightsAdv @womensday @MANANational @APAdiv35 @AFGENational

Feb 2024-Rethinking Women’s Political Power: Recognizing and Overcoming Challenges to Incumbents, Candidates, Voters and Election Officers with Dr. Kelly Dittmar and Dr. Maya Kornberg

Resource Sheet For Fighting the Intimidation of Voters and Election Officers:

  1. Brennan Center Reports on Intimidation of Office Holders, Election Workers and Voters 
    Intimidation of Voters and Election Workers Resource Guide-
  2. Another Barrier to Latino Representation: Intimidation of Election Officials—
  3. Intimidation of State and Local Officeholders 
  4. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Know Your Rights: Voter Intimidation 
  5. Georgetown Law School, Fact Sheet: Protecting Against Voter Intimidation
  6. Advancement Project, What to Do if You Experience Intimidation at the Polls
  7. United States Election Assistance Commission, Security Resources for Election Officials
  8. Brookings Institution, One Way to Protect Female Election Officials from Harassment

Jan 2024 Meeting: Reforming the Federal Judiciary: Expand the Supreme Court, Limit Terms, Restore Legitimacy with Chris Kang and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Oct 2023 Meeting: “The National Women’s Health Network with a focus on Mifepristone”with Denise Hyater-Lindenmuth, Kristen Batstone, and Laura Tucker

Sep 2023 Program: “Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Centennial Convention: A Multigenerational Push in Seneca Falls” with Zakiya Thomas, Lisa Sales, Claudia Nachega and Connie Cordovilla, Holly Joseph. Thank you Loretto Gubernatis for over 20 hours of videography and editing!

June 2023 Program: “When Will Women’s Voices Be Heard? When Will the Equal Rights Amendment Be Implemented?” with Holly Joseph, Eleanor Smeal, and Nicole Vorrasi Bates

May 2023 Program: “The Importance of the Separation of Church and State for Feminists”  Co-sponsored with Americans United

April 2023 Program: “Fighting Attacks on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” Co-sponsored with African American Policy Forum (AAPF)   

March 2023 Program: “Updates on DC Women’s History Museums and Sites to Visit in the DC Area”

February 2023 – “Impacts of COVID-19 on Women’s Employment and Their Work Life Balance”

Resources mentioned by presenters:

January 2023-“Identifying and Protecting U.S. Reproductive Rights After the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Decision”

Resources mentioned by presenters:

October 2022 – “Having a Say in Federal & State Policies: Strategies to Elect Feminists” 

Resources mentioned by presenters:

Resources for the AA & NH/PI community for voting – 

June 2022 – “The Future of Gender Equity in Education After 50 Years of Title IX”

Resources mentioned by presenters:

May 2022 – “Urging Sport Governance to Develop New Structures for Transgender Athletes, While Prioritizing Competitive Fairness and Safety for Females” – Part 1  Part 2

Apr 2022-“Plugging the School-To-Prison Pipeline/Stopping School Push-out” 

Mar 2022-“Women and the US Judiciary”   

Feb 2022 -“Black Women’s Health, Wealth and Wellness”

Jan 2022 – “Combatting Women’s Health and Wealth Inequities”

Oct 2021 – “The Challenges and Future for Afghan Women and Girls”

Sep 2021-Redistricting, Gerrymandering and Voting Rights

June 2021-Celebrate Title IX’s 49th Birthday-Reintroducing Gender Equity Educ. Act-in 117th Congress

May 2021-“Update on Global Gender Issues- a Strategy for Progress, D.C. for CEDAW: The Time is Now!”-

April 2021-“First 100 Days of Biden/Harris Administration: Accomplishments, Challenges and Issues”

March 2021-“Next Steps in Creating the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum”

Feb 2021-“Wise Aging – Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit”

Jan 2021- “Successful Collaboration in Feminist Women’s Organizations: How Much Is Racism at Play?

Nov 17, 2020: Video version    AUDIO ONLY version: November 2020: Feminist Priorities in the Biden/Harris Administration (Audio only)

Oct 27, 2020: Video: “The Electoral College: Perils & Possibilities for the 2020 Presidential Election”

Sep 22, 2020: “Get Out the Vote Strategies for Special Constituencies to Promote High and Diverse Voter Turnout” with Christine Chen, Eleanor Smeal, Janice Mathis, Alice Cohan, Megan Corrado, RBG Tribute by Jeanette Lim Esbrook, Holly Joseph.

June 25, 2020:   Video: “How CWI Member Organizations are Changing with the Covid-19 Pandemic”

May 26, 2020:  Video:”Getting ERA in the U.S. Constitution” 

March & April 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

February 25, 2020: Video: “Does Gender Matter in Elections? Moving Beyond Gender Bias in Electing Feminist Candidates”  with Elyse Shaw @IWPResearch , Monique Alcala @RockTheVote , Janice Mathis @NCNWHQ    Mathis’ Powerpoint: Women of Color in Politics

January 2020: Video:  “Views of Prostitution in the U.S. from the Civil War to Today-Sheryl Williams”, Video:  Soiled Doves  Video: “Views of Prostitution in the U.S. from the Civil War to Today-Toni Van Pelt”