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  • DCWIP Response to Supreme Court Decision re: Roe vs. Wade

    June 26, 2022

    Washington, DC -- DC Women in Politics strongly condemns the decision rendered by the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade thus denying women the right to make decisions about their own bodies and their lives. The government has no business intervening between an individual and their doctor in that decision-making process.

    The DC Women in Politics supports the right of every human being to make personal decisions about their health care; which includes the right to safe, affordable, accessible abortions and reproductive care. We support efforts to make Washington, DC a sanctuary city for abortion access and reproductive rights in general. We will fight tirelessly to protect those rights for our generation, and generations to come, and we will continue to fight for Statehood for the District of Columbia.

    As DC Women in Politics, our role is to support and uplift leaders who seek to protect this right and fight back against the elected officials who do not. As disheartening as today’s ruling is, we must harness the power of this moment and take our anger to the polls come November.

    Pew Research Center’s most recent survey shows 61% of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal all or most of the time, while 37% say it should be illegal all or most of the time. Despite widescale support among Americans for abortion access, at least half of the 50 states are certain or likely to ban abortion now that Roe has been overturned. While the District of Columbia has been a safe haven for those seeking abortions, our lack of statehood continues to put us in a perilous position. A Republican-controlled Congress could always disregard our laws and put our laws that protect access to abortion in jeopardy.

    The assurances of Chief Justice Roberts to all women must be overlooked when he asserts that this decision is 'only' about Roe. The Court’s majority decision disregards decades of judicial precedent. In fact, three Justices have clearly demonstrated that their words are built on beds of quicksand based on their flip flops on this issue. Justice Thomas made it clear by his inference to other laws in the decision he wrote that the high court could conceivably insert themselves further into our lives and freedoms by considering, and possibly reversing, other rights hard won by women and the American people.

    This decision has far-reaching impacts beyond abortion rights. Laws protecting contraception, same-sex marriages and relationships, and access to contraception may now be in peril. As dissenting Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan so eloquently stated, “Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, “This is only the beginning of the extreme Republican agenda to take away our freedoms. We will march and protest this decision by the thousands. We will fight to control our bodies no matter how much they try to stop us. We will not stop until we have our rights back and if they think we will be intimidated, they are wrong.”

    This is a call for DC women to stand and take a position about how much we are willing to cede our rights to people who have little in common with most Americans who must struggle and sacrifice for economic and gender-based parity in this country. VOTE IN NOVEMBER and reach out to others to help them see that the upcoming elections will affect their very lives.

    Actions to take

    1. Volunteer by July 8, 2022 to participate in DC Women in Politics’ newly forming Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection Initiative (DCWIP-WRRPI) Committee. Click here to sign-up.
    2. Click here to make a donation to support the work of the Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection Initiative (WRRPI) that will provide support to organizations providing reproductive healthcare to women, especially those who are marginalized and have little to no resources.


  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection (DCWIP-WRRP) Committee

    Volunteer by July 8, 2022 to participate in DC Women in Politics’ newly forming Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection (DCWIP-WRRP) Committee.

    Become a volunteer

  • published DCWIP Supports Muriel Bowser for Reelection in Blog 2022-06-13 20:08:42 -0400

    DCWIP Supports Muriel Bowser for Reelection

    DC Women in Politics supports Mayor Muriel Bowser’s bid for reelection to an unprecedented third term.

    We encourage women to vote in record numbers in the June 21st Primary.

    When women vote, women win!


  • published 2022 Van Ness Shooting in Blog 2022-04-22 22:51:09 -0400

    2022 Van Ness Shooting

    Message from Candidate Deirdre Brown

    As a former Edmund Burke School parent, UDC law student, and 3F04 ANC Commissioner I have spent years in Van Ness. I refuse to believe that this is the “new normal” in this city.  In light of today's shooting incident, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.  My own son was in the area when this shooting occurred and had to shelter in place. The worry that I felt today, I know that many of you in the community felt as well.  We all want Ward 3 to be a safe place for ourselves and our loved ones. 

    I am calling a community meeting to discuss the April 22, 2022, Van Ness shooting to be held at the Cleveland Park Library on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  There is an open invitation for Councilmember Mary Cheh, a representative from MPD, and our ANC Commissioners.


  • published 2022 Mayoral Questions in Surveys 2022-04-15 18:52:24 -0400

  • published 2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Results in Blog 2022-03-30 14:59:02 -0400

    2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Results

    WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 30, 2022

    DC Women in Politics (DCWIP) announces the results of a Preference Poll based on responses from more than 430 people who attended DCWIP’s virtual Town Hall held on March 21. The town hall included 15 women candidates currently running for the DC House of Representatives, and DC City Council including the seats for Chair, At-Large and in Wards 1, 3 and 5. Recordings of the Town Hall can be found on the DC Women in Politics Facebook page.

    The following candidates received the highest number of votes:

    DC City Council Candidates

    DC House of Representatives Delegate

    Twenty-Two women are running for public office this year, the highest number of women running for office since DCWIP was founded in December of 2012, and since Home Rule was established.

    “The DC Women in Politics Town Hall on March 21 served as a forum for District voters to hear directly from the women who are candidates for the DC House of Representatives and DC City Council. The virtual event reached a record attendance of 684 DC voters who can begin to make an informed decision in preparation for the June primaries, and ultimately the November election,” said DCWIP President, Anita Shelton.

    Candidates spoke about various issues impacting District residents, and especially women, children and families who have been hardest hit by the changing workforce, quality childcare/daycare, ongoing lack of affordable housing, and public safety, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

    Join DC Women in Politicshttps://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/membership


  • published 2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Announcement in Blog 2022-03-28 14:15:00 -0400

    2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Announcement

    DC Women in Politics Announce Preference Poll Results for Women Candidates

    Please join us: DC Women in Politics (DCWIP) will announce the results of its Preference Poll on Wednesday, March 30 at a short outdoor event in Ward 5 at the corner of Monroe and Michigan NE at 1:00 pm.

    Twenty-Two women are running for public office this year, the highest number of women running for office since DCWIP was founded in December of 2012, and since Home Rule was established. The town hall included 15 women candidates currently running for the DC House of Representatives, and DC City Council including the seats for Chair, At-Large and in Wards 1, 3 and 5.

    “The DC Women in Politics Town Hall on March 21 served as a forum for District voters to hear directly from the women who are candidates for the DC House of Representatives and DC City Council. The virtual event reached a record attendance of 684 DC voters who can begin to make an informed decision in preparation for the June primaries, and ultimately the November election,” said DCWIP President, Anita Shelton.

    Candidates spoke about various issues impacting District residents, and especially women, children and families who have been hardest hit by the changing workforce, quality childcare/daycare, ongoing lack of affordable housing, and public safety, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Following the town hall, DCWIP conducted a Preference Poll for the audience to cast their vote for their choice of the best qualified candidates, and more than 430 people voted. The following candidates participated:

    DC City Council Candidates

    • At-Large:
      • Anita Bonds
      • Sharece Crawford
      • Lisa Core
      • Leniqua Dominique Jenkins
    • Chairperson:
      • Erin Palmer
    • Ward 1:
      • Brianne Nadeau (Incumbent)
      • Sabel Harris
    • Ward 3:
      • Deirdre Brown
      • Tricia Duncan
      • Monte Monash
    • Ward 5:
      • Kathy Henderson
      • Faith Gibson Hubbard

    DC House of Representatives

    • Delegate, U.S. House of Representatives:
      • Eleanor Holmes Norton
      • Wendy Hamilton   

    For your convenience, we have posted individual recordings for each office on Facebook:

    The Preference Poll is closed.We plan to announce the results on March 30.

    Facebook access

    Preference Poll

    • Friday, 3/25/22 at midnight -- is closed. 

    Link to information about the candidateshttps://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/2022_women_candidates

     


  • 2022 DCWIP Virtual Town Hall Links

    For your convenience, we have posted individual recordings for each office on Facebook:

    The Preference Poll is closed.We plan to announce the results on March 30.

    Facebook access

    Preference Poll

    • Friday, 3/25/22 at midnight -- is closed. 

    Link to information about the candidateshttps://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/2022_women_candidates

     


  • 2022 DCWIP Virtual Town Hall and Preference Poll link

    Go to http://www.facebook.com/dcwomeninpolitics at 6:30 pm. We will be broadcasting on Facebook Live.

    Facebook access

    Preference Poll

    • You must be a DC resident (male or female) to vote in the Preference Poll.
    • Voting period is Monday, 3/21/22 at 9:00 pm to Friday, 3/25/22 at midnight.
    • Just go to our webpage www.dcwomeninpolitics.org to find the Preference Poll on our homepage immediately following the Town Hall.

    Link to information about the candidates: https://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/2022_women_candidates

    We are very pleased to announce that Bettina Hager, DC Director & Director, Outreach and Advocacy, ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality (FFWE) will give us an update on the effort to ratify the ERA Amendment, approximately 7:45-7:55 pm.


  • published Bettina Hager in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-19 20:37:50 -0400

    Bettina Hager

    DC Director & Director, Outreach and Advocacy, ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality (FFWE)

    Bettina Hager is the DC Director and Director, Outreach and Advocacy, of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality. The ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality are sister organizations working together to educate, advocate and organize to ensure constitutional equality in the United States.  She previously served as the co-Chair of the Equal Rights Amendment Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and has been helping lead the movement for constitutional equality since 2012.

    Bettina has conducted focused lobby training workshops across the country on the issue of constitutional equality. She has organized and moderated briefings on the Equal Rights Amendment in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In April 2019, Bettina worked with the House Judiciary Committee to organize the first official hearing on the ERA in 36 years. This led to the successful passage of the resolution to remove the time limit from the ERA in February 2020.

    Bettina has written for the The Hill as an opinion contributor on gender issues. In 2018, she was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews. Prior to joining the ERA Coalition, she worked as Programs Director and Interim Executive Director at the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), advocating for the necessity of women’s political participation at all levels of government.

     


  • published PrefPoll2022 Web Page in Surveys 2022-03-19 20:00:47 -0400

  • 2022 DCWIP Virtual Town Hall and Preference Poll

    Join the eighth DCWIP Virtual Town Hall and Preference Poll (RSVP here), only for women candidates, to support women winners.

    On Monday, March 21, 2022 at 6:30-9:30 pm, watch and listen online, then vote for the women that you feel best represent the interests of DC Women. Let’s let these women know that we appreciate their willingness to step-up and serve our city.

    Plus, get up-to-date information on the ratification of the ERA Amendment from Bettina Hager, DC Director & Director, Outreach and Advocacy, ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality (FFWE)

    Candidates competing for nearly every public office in the June 21st Primary Election will be coming together to address women and family issues. Read statements provided by the candidates for members of DCWIP: https://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/2022_women_candidates

    The Preference Poll gives all registered DC voters the opportunity to choose the candidate that you feel is best qualified to represent you, and to address bread-and-butter issues affecting the District of Columbia women and their families.

    Your participation in our Town Hall is strongly encouraged. And, immediately following the Town Hall, you will be able to cast your Preference Poll vote through March 25, 2022.

    Download this flyer to share information about the Town Hall.

     


  • published 2022 Women Candidates in Blog 2022-03-09 17:33:48 -0500

    2022 DC Women Candidates

    Click on the links below for highlights of the candidate's priorities, and how their work will improve the lives of women and their families in DC.

    Announcing Bettina Hager will give us an update on the ratification of the ERA. 

    DC House of Representatives Candidate

    Chairwoman of the DC City Council Candidate

    At-Large Member of the DC Council Candidate

     Ward 1 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    Ward 3 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    Ward 5 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    Download this flyer to share information about the Town Hall.


  • published Lauren Rogers in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-08 18:09:31 -0500

    Lauren Rogers

    Ward 5 Member of the DC Council Candidate

     

    https://laurenrogersw5.org/

     


  • published Faith Gibson Hubbard in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-08 18:08:52 -0500

    Faith Gibson Hubbard

    Ward 5 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    https://faithforward5dc.org/

    I am running to be the next Ward 5 Councilmember because I believe in the power of community.

    Community has always been a through-line for me from my time as a 7th grade language arts teacher until today. When my husband and I were ready to start our family, we wanted to be in a place where we could see reflections of ourselves, feel a sense of belonging and raise our children around people with strong community values. We found all of that in Ward 5

    There is so much to love about our city and Ward 5, but we also know there are issues impacting our Ward that I know we can solve together.

    Issues such as the increasing cost of housing, a need for community-centered development, environmental justice; increasing issues of safety (both gun violence and safe streets); addressing the unmet needs of our community and lingering impact of trauma; access to equitable city services; access to high-quality educational options from birth throughout life; and so much more.

    As a mom, black woman, and a wife I want to be able to live in a city where I feel seen and safe. A city where all of our children, and us, can grow and thrive. When we focus on women, and make sure women are well, our whole community is well.

    Addressing these issues requires a responsive and accessible government, and we can address these issues in a holistic way that serves the needs and interests of our diverse Ward; but it must be informed with community-voice.

    I have served in many roles inside and outside of government, but what I am most proud of is my ability to build coalitions; to lean into and trust the lived experiences of neighbors in solving the most pressing issues. For over a decade, I’ve been doing this work, on the front lines.

    The next Ward 5 councilmember, I promise I will always work with you and FIGHT FOR YOU – to make sure our community is able to see and feel how the city’s over $17 billion dollar budget is working to make our ward and city stronger.


  • published Kathy Henderson in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-08 18:08:11 -0500

    Kathy Henderson

    Ward 5 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    https://kathyhendersonfordccouncil.com/

    Kathy Henderson is a “powerful voice for the community,” with a strong record of getting things done. Kathy served as an AMERICORPS *VISTA, helping children improve their reading skills in 16 D.C. schools, including in Ward 5. That success followed with her election as a 20-year award-winning advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5; Kathy delivered new sidewalks, speed humps, streetlights, trees, recreation programming and works closely with law enforcement to reduce crime and strengthen resident-police relationships. Kathy stood up against drug dealers and led the fight to reclaim her community from constant gun violence and disorder and created the Landlord Roundtable and 5D Court Watch initiatives, which reduced crime. As a result of her efforts, long-term residents applauded and new residents moved into the community to enjoy opportunity and proximity to a cleaner Anacostia River.

    Kathy is an environmentalist, underscoring her training as a biologist at Howard University and is a preservationist and former Committee of 100 trustee; she was appointed as a Member of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. Kathy also serves as a member of Pepco’s Citizen Advisory Group (CAG), which was created to help clean up the Anacostia River. Kathy advocated for the projects Atlas Flats (Union Heights), Starburst Plaza, Denny’s, Union Market, Hecht’s Ivy City, Rhode Island Row, Dakota Crossing, and other key D.C. projects, including Nationals Stadium. Kathy was elected city-wide as a Member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Kathy also worked for the Federal and District Governments where she helped put our residents back to work and was featured in Government News for her excellent work. Kathy cut through Government bureaucracy to install a dental suite at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, following a Court-ordered consent decree; Kathy won multiple awards for her work and she is a people’s champion!


  • published Monika Nemeth in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-08 18:07:33 -0500

    Monika Nemeth

    Ward 3 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    https://www.monikaforward3.com/

    I am Monika Nemeth an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in Ward 3 who is passionate about her city and her community. 

    I came to Washington, DC as a student in 1983, and I have never left.  I knew from the moment that I arrived, that DC is my home.  I have spent most of my life in and around Ward 3 whether as a student at American University, or living on Wisconsin Ave., Glover Park, or my home now in North Cleveland Park. 

    Safe streets have always been an important issue to me.  Whether it is advocating for the elimination of the reversible lanes on Connecticut Ave or asking MPD to increase their patrols in areas where crime is now rising.  We all deserve to be safe. 

    I listen to my constituents and love to engage with them. Their concerns are my concerns.  As an ANC, I am used to working with DC agencies for services on behalf of my constituents, and I ask the tough questions.  I will work full time to make sure that your concerns are heard whether dealing with essential city services or social policy. As a citizen and taxpayer of the District of Columbia, you deserve no less. This is my promise to you.


  • published Monte Monash in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-08 18:06:51 -0500

    Monte Monash

    Ward 3 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    www.monashforward3.com

    My name is Monte Monash. I am running to be the next Ward 3 Councilmember.  I am a native Washingtonian and 20-year resident of American University Park.  Ward 3 is where we live, and also home to a diverse setting of small business retailers, restaurants, healthcare services, and education providers.  We are a community of neighbors who speak up, help one another and get involved. 

    Our Ward is changing just like the rest of the city. The issues that resonate include concerns around public safety, transportation, smart growth development, education, aging-in-place, and the environment. We need a savvy, experienced, and determined woman to advocate for Ward 3. 

    As a small business owner for nearly 15 years, I have always promoted women, worked in partnership with women and mentored young women in the field of engineering and construction.  My leadership roles demonstrate a record of building trust to get things done. The Ward will benefit from my ability to listen to stakeholders, build coalitions and understand how our city works.  

    For 28 years, Ward 3 has had strong women to represent the voice of our community.  I am an entrepreneur leading a minority-owned business, and a long-standing volunteer of community-based and city-wide efforts, while raising a family with my husband of 20 years.  My intention as a councilmember is to ensure Ward 3 benefits from the city’s growth while preserving the unique characteristics that make our neighborhoods a great place to live and work.   

    I am proud of my public service and stand ready to serve in a more committed way. My priority will be to emphasize responsive constituent services and to develop policies that address the needs and interests of children and families, seniors, and small business of all types in Ward 3. 

     


  • published Tricia Duncan in 2022 Women Candidates 2022-03-08 18:06:10 -0500

    Tricia Duncan

    Ward 3 Member of the DC Council Candidate

    https://www.triciaforward3.com/

    I’ve been a successful leader and advocate for my neighborhood and beyond for years and I want to bring my inclusive, civic activist approach to the entire Ward. Together, we can help every neighborhood in Ward 3 be the livable community every neighborhood desires.

    I first got involved in the Ward 3 community as a parent, not a politician. As a mom of students in DC public and charter schools, I learned that school involvement is the gateway to making our communities the best they can be. I took that involvement to the next level by leading the Palisades Community Association (PCA) of 1,800 members. I learn, listen, and build coalitions around issues affecting Ward 3.

    As a Councilmember, I will put a special emphasis on women’s issues. As one of the few female candidates in a race dominated by men, I am acutely aware of the lack of interest many politicians have in crafting legislation specifically to support women.

    Writing and implementing such policy is my passion.

    I strongly support investing any surplus in the Paid Family Medical Leave Fund into benefit expansions. Additionally, I am in favor of making PFML benefits portable. This would fix one of the shortcomings of the current law and ensure that Mothers have access to these life-changing benefits even when they are in-between jobs.

    I am also focused on reducing the maternal mortality rate in DC, which is among the worst in the nation. We need to improve access to quality prenatal care for all residents, especially Women of Color who have been historically underserved.  As a Councilmember, I will explore every available policy option that could protect women before, during, and after the birth of their children.