Women Candidates Endorsement Issues Conversation
--Exclusive gathering of female candidates for Mayor and At-Large Seats--

February 8, 2014, Contact: Maria Ibañez, [email protected]

Washington, DC – On February 9, a diverse group of women leaders from all DC wards will debate with female candidates regarding critical issues of women and discuss winning strategies to affect the outcome of the April 1 Primary.

The event, “A Women's Conversation” sponsored by DC Women in Politics, is an exclusive gathering with citywide female candidates regardless of party affiliation. The discussion will take place at the Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Follow the conversation on Twitter and use #DCWIP.

According to DC Women in Politics President and veteran civil rights advocate Anita Bellamy Shelton, “DC Women in Politics contends that women's votes will decide the outcome of the April 1 Primary.  When women vote, women candidates win and communities and families are strengthened. DC Women in Politics intends to galvanize the 59 percent of DC registered women voters to elect the first female Mayor since Sharon Pratt Dixon.”

Vanessa Williams of The Washington Post will moderate the discussion. The participants include: Reta Jo Lewis, Candidate for Mayor; Muriel Bowser, Candidate for Mayor; Faith, Candidate for Mayor; Anita Bonds, Candidate for At-Large City Council; and G. Lee Aikin, Candidate for At-Large City Council.

Participants will ponder solutions to issues such as gender wage inequality, economic parity, affordable childcare for all working mothers, the elimination of the current punitive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) sanctions, and expanded funding for Right to Choose programs.

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DC Women in Politics is a diverse nonpartisan, nonprofit women’s leadership organization. Our mission is to increase the number of women elected to public office and to monitor their legislative and advocacy actions on issues that impact women and families. For more information about DC Women in Politics visit www.dcwomeninpolitics.org, follow us on Twitter at @dcwomen_politcs, and on Facebook at: DCWomenInPolitics.