Postelection Results and the Impact on Women's Issues 

Although the 2018 midterm elections are still not completely decided, many of the results bode well for women’s rights and progressive change.  But one thing is certain it was an election during which women were heard.  As candidates for Congress, Senate, Statehouse, and state/local governments, record numbers of women ran for office. Women voters also made their presence known.  Was it the effect of Kavanaugh, #MeToo, gun violence, health care? Probably all of that and more.  Even as the recounts continue CWI will turn to the impact of these elections at our Nov. 27 noon meeting.  We have arranged for speakers from key women’s rights groups to discuss the impact of the election on women and families.  They include YWCA’s VP Catherine Beane. She is responsible for their wonderful survey report, "What Women Want 2018". National Organization for Women (NOW) President Toni Van Pelt and longtime Director of Programs Jan Erickson, and National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) VP Anna Chu.

Catherine Beane is Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy at YWCA USA, where she leads efforts to impact legislation and policy related to racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment, economic advancement, and women’s health and safety. Most recently, she addressed gender equity, school discipline, and student achievement issues for the National Education Association, and served as the policy director for the Children’s Defense Fund. She began her career as a trial attorney representing indigent youth and adults in juvenile and criminal proceedings. She earned her B.A. from Emory University, and her J.D. from Catholic University of America.

 Jan Erickson is NOW’s Director of Government Relations and Director of Programs for the NOW Foundation. She focuses on reproductive rights, educational equity, economic equity and women's health issues. Jan also worked in the U.S. Senate, in a governor’s office and with the Alaska state legislature where she was instrumental in securing the 1972 ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment and adoption of a state Equal Rights Amendment. After graduating from the Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage, she was a journalist and journalist teacher and managed over 30 election campaigns. In Alaska, Jan was President of the state NOW, co-chaired the NOW PAC and received grants to help Native Alaskan organizations.

Leila Abolfazli, National Women’s Law Center. 

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