Global Women's Caucus



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    DA Women's Caucus Leadership:

    Ann Hesse
    | Chair, Global Womens Caucus
    Christina Skovsgaard
    | Vice Chair Norway
    Stacey Kruckel
    | DAG Frankfurt Chapter Secretary, Progressive in Frankfurt...
    Carol Moore
    | GWC Steering Committee, Former Chair, DAUK, Founding Co-chair, DAUK Women's Caucus, Co-Chair DAUK PNR Healthcare Team, ERA Project, Florida Rep, DAUK Tax Reform Committee
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    News

    GWC March 2020 Newsletter

    Chair’s Corner: 

    Empowering Women in a time of Pandemic

    By Ann Hesse, Chair, Global Women’s Caucus 

    Our last GWC Newsletter seems light years away.  We shared plans, announced upcoming events and commented on the politics of the day. Though we all knew the virus was spreading, it was not yet the all-consuming, life-altering presence in our lives that it has become. What a difference a few short weeks has made!

    Now here we are, pivoting, adapting and planning day-by-day, as women do so well.  The wonderful thing about our truly Global Women’s Caucus is that we are already very good at social distancing without losing touch!

    Our GWC Leaders are now busy shifting in-person events online and cooking up new ideas on how our sprawling caucus, with its thousands of members in every time zone, can “virtually” draw a little closer to each other and empower each other during this very stressful time so that we can carry on with the important work we do.

    I will be asking each of our action teams to develop extra remote options for member participation, so keep an eye out for more online member meetings, webinars with expert guests and calls to action.

    One of the most powerful ways we can push back against the feeling of helplessness and isolation that this pandemic is generating, is to commit to doing one positive action for a cause we believe in.  Follow this link for a whole list of easy ways that you can help out with our efforts to get out the vote.  Do you have a particular skill or an issue that is especially close to your heart? Then we would love to have you pitch in on one of our GWC teams as a volunteer.  Drop me a line at womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org and together we can find something that suits your skill-set, interests and schedule.

    One commitment that I am personally making is to pledge that for every live social event that I have to miss with friends and family due to the corona virus, I will donate an equivalent amount of time and/or money to the task of ridding our democracy of the GOP virus that has infected us for what seems like an eternity now. Would you join me in a similar commitment?

    The whole world is on a learning curve now. It almost feels like a slow motion 9/11. Nothing will be the same in the “after” time.  But perhaps the silver lining will be in the development of a greener, more sustainable, more empathetic society that values humanity over productivity, diversity over sameness and equality over dominance.

    It has been said that pandemics change history.  As women’s history month 2020 comes to a close, let us embrace this change, and commit to working towards the goal of making a historic change for the better!

    In solidarity, and with a warm virtual hug,

    Ann

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    Making Herstory History

    By Clara Dessaint

    Women’s History Month – like many of women’s hard-fought civil rights wins – took time and patient lobbying to be officially adopted.

    Following the lead of a few US counties and universities, which had successfully hosted weeklong celebrations of women’s important roles in history, President Carter first proclaimed a Women’s History Week (commencing on March 8th) in 1980. Despite bipartisan, national support for recognizing and celebrating the many contributions of American women in this way, Women’s History Week required annual lobbying until 1987, when Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month.[i]  

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    Feminist Literature 101

    By Sheila Malovany-Chevailler & Stacey Kruckel

    Are you interested in immersing yourself more in the wonderful world of feminist literature, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few important, thought-provoking and empowering books to recharge your feminist batteries!

    Click here for our list. Enjoy!  

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    Women’s History Month Webinar: Celebrate Intersectionality!

    The Global Women's Caucus, the Global Hispanic Caucus, and the Global Black Caucus have teamed up for a Women's History Month webinar called, “Black/Brown Power, Whiteness and Women: The 2020 Election Challenge—Democrats, Be the Light! Save America! (…And the World!)”

    In this webinar, Ramona Houston, Ph.D., PMP will explore the historical development of racism and whiteness in America, and how Democrats can build powerful, multi-racial / multi-cultural coalitions and a stronger Democratic Party. 

    She will discuss the racial politics at the root of Trumpism and argue that Democrats must understand this history and its manifestations to effectively defeat Trump.  According to Dr. Houston, women play a vital role in this process.  Ultimately, Dr. Houston challenges Democrats to “Be the Light,” especially during the critical upcoming 2020 Elections—both locally and nationally. 

    Join three Democrats Abroad Global Chairs: Angela Fobbs (Black Caucus), Amerika Garcia Grewel (Hispanic Caucus) and Ann Hesse (Global Women’s Caucus), as they explore with Dr. Houston what it means to “Be the Light.”

    If you have questions for Dr. Houston, please send them to womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org

    This is an online event. RSVP to receive connection information.

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    Reproductive Justice Action Team

    By Salli Swartz

    The Reproductive Justice Action Team is closely watching for the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the case of June Medical Services v. Gee. This case will test the limits of the Louisiana State law that requires hospital admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions. It will also decide whether abortion clinics have standing to sue to maintain their existence. 

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    GWC Climate Action Team - Update

    By Naomi Ages

    Greetings from the Global Women's Caucus Climate Action Team. Throughout the Global Presidential Primary (GPP), we've been hard at work on our 2020 climate project called Go Green, Vote Blue! We need to make climate change THE #1 issue in this election, up and down the ballot. We're kicking-off Go Green, Vote Blue during Earth Week - which starts April 21. To this end, we've created a Toolkit to help you organize your own ONLINE event, wherever you are! Earth Day is going digital, and so can you! 

    The Toolkit is full of useful content, from shareable graphics to social media sample posts to suggested email messaging for you to use when inviting your chapter. It's super simple. All you have to do is plug in the details specific to your event.

    After you've planned your event, please email the details to womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org so we can promote them and support you!

    If, after reading the directions in the toolkit, you need assistance with troubleshooting an online video/videoconferencing platform, please email womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org, with the subject line "Help with online conferencing". We will try our best to assist you!

    We encourage you to poke around the Toolkit, especially the "Wearables and Shareables" folder, which has online and offline resources you can use all year for Go Green, Vote Blue!

    We look forward to seeing all of your Go Green, Vote Blue events!  

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    Introducing the Candidate Information Action Team

    By Kati Newcomb

    Welcome to the Candidate Information Action Team of the Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus!

    I've taken on the position of Editor of Candidate Information for the Global Women’s Caucus because I truly believe that we're at a crossroads in American democracy and that the results of the 2020 election will have lasting effects on not only our country, but also the global community that we're all a part of.

    At a regular cadence, the Candidate Information Action Team will post content on everything from profiles on candidates running in close or crucial races across the country to guides on how to research candidates on your own local ballots.

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    Thank you for reading our March GWC Newsletter, and as always, stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest news.

    In solidarity,

    Your GWC Team

    Ann Hesse, Chair, Global Women's Caucus
    Stacey Kruckel, GWC Newsletter Managing Editor

    Global Women's Caucus

    womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org
    http://www.democratsabroad.org/

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    GWC February 2020 Newsletter

    Greetings from your Global Women’s Caucus team! 

    In this issue, we celebrate Black History Month by providing a list of books, articles and podcasts focused on the experiences of African-American women, and we also provide an important, in-depth article that discusses the disparities in health care access for women of color in the US.

    We also introduce our new Climate Change initiative and activities around the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and discuss the passage of the ERA legislation in Virginia and what may come next.  Finally, we offer three ideas to help you commemorate and be active during Women’s History Month in March.

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    GWC Celebrates Black History Month

    GWC is proud to join with other Americans in celebrating Black History Month.  Check out our lists of books, news stories and podcasts that commemorate the history and achievements of African-American women.   

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    Disparities in Healthcare Access for Women of Color: Will Democrats Find Solutions?

    By Ramya Prabhakar

    The 2020 primary season has whittled down the impressive field of Democratic presidential contenders to a mere eight candidates. With the exit of Kamala Harris in early December, the field lost its only woman of color, and with the suspension of the Castro and Booker campaigns, the field became entirely white.  

    Simultaneously, the platform of the Democratic party has centered around healthcare—and for good reason. Polling continues to show that voters rank healthcare as the most important issue in elections, and Democratic focus on Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act helped them win back the majority in the House of Representatives. And healthcare disparities negatively affect women—particularly women of color. This article lists some of the major risks and causes of disparities between women of color and white women, and then discusses the effects of Obamacare. Read more.

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    GWC Launches New Climate Action Team!

    The Global Women’s Caucus has launched an initiative to educate voters and participate in activities focused on climate change.  As a recent article in Time magazine noted, women are disproportionately impacted by climate change, and the UN estimates that 80% of those who have been displaced by climate change are women.

    The GWC hosted an event in Paris to kick-off our climate change initiative and will be participating in Earth Day events and activities. Scroll down to learn more.

     

    Women and the Environment Event in Paris

    by Sheila Malovany-Chevallier

    On January 26, 2020, I was lucky enough to host(ess) a meeting of the Women and the Environment group of Democrats Abroad France. 

    The three women scientists, experts in their fields, shared their scientific work with the audience in a talk titled: Is Climate Change a Gender Issue?  Alyssa Fischer’s work discusses climate and sustainability, focusing on urban climate challenges and the inclusion of equity into climate conversations. Dr. Cara Maesano is a scientist and researcher in environmental epidemiology and exposure science at INSERM/Sorbonne University. Dana Powers is an environment journalist specializing in renewable energy and chair of the Democrats Abroad France Environment Policy Group. 

    Click here to read more about this event, and you can also watch a video clip of the event here.  Special thanks to Jean-Pierre la Rochelle for filming the event.

    Save the Date: April 22nd Climate Action on Earth Day

    Many of the world’s largest climate organizations are planning major events for the week encompassing the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd.

    Our new GWC Climate Action Team is working on an “Earth Action Week Event Ideas Package,” which will include lots of ideas for how our members can participate. Look for it in our next newsletter.

    We would also like to encourage our GWC members to get involved in activities that major climate activist organizations are planning in your area. Check out the Earth Day and Strike with Us websites for more information.

    This important anniversary provides us with an ideal opportunity to keep momentum going on the climate emergency, and to make noise around one of the most important election issues out there - climate change!

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    ERA was Ratified in Virginia!  What’s Next? 

    By Shari Temple

    Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment on January 27, with a vote of 27-12 in the VA Senate and 58-40 in the VA House.  It had full support from all Democrats and was supported by several Republicans. Virginia became 38th state to ratify the amendment, achieving the 38-state majority necessary to begin proceedings to amend the Constitution. 

    Now that this historic milestone has been achieved, what comes next for ERA?  Read more about what’s happening in Virginia, in other states as well as the national level, and how you can help ensure that ERA is added to the Constitution.  

    Story from an ERA Warrior:  Shari Temple

    Shari Temple is the ERA Project Coordinator for Democrats Abroad. She is also a member of the Global Women’s Caucus. She traveled to Virginia last month to meet other ERA Warriors. Click here to read her story about her involvement with ERA.

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    March is Women’s History Month. Three Great Ways to Celebrate!

    March is Women’s History Month, and we have provided three ways that you can get involved to commemorate women’s history and make an important political impact:

    1.    Exercise Your Right to Vote by Participating in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

    2.    Participate in activities and events on International Women’s Day.

    3.    Join us for a Women’s History Month webinar, featuring Ramona Houston, Ph.D., PMP: “Black/Brown Power, Whiteness and Women: The 2020 Election Challenge—Democrats, Be the Light! Save America! (…And the World!)”.

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    Chair’s Corner: Why Volunteer with the DA Global Women's Caucus?

    By Ann Hesse

    As Global Caucus chair, I receive quite a lot of email. But the emails I am always happiest to see in my in-box are the ones that say, “Hi, I’d like to volunteer!”  

    So, in order to encourage more of you to go ahead and step up in this crucial election year, I’d like to take a moment to give you all a better idea of what it really means to join our team.

    What is a “global” volunteer?

    Our Global Women’s Caucus is over five thousand strong, with members in over 100 countries. We have large, active caucus groups in many major cities that plan in-person events at the country and local level.

    Because many of our members live far outside of city centers, we also have a vibrant online team that provides support worldwide.  We work to create many remote and online activist opportunities for our far-flung members.

    We have several teams which focus on various issues, and they do research, educate our members, write and share articles on our media platforms, develop event tool kits and create online “calls to action.”

    These are our teams:

    • Communications
    • Equal Rights Amendment
    • Reproductive Justice
    • Candidate Information
    • Books Abroad Feminist Literature Club
    • Women and Climate

    Our goal for 2020 is to raise awareness around all our issues, stress the importance and impact of voting, and to propel a “blue wave” of new leaders who are committed to women’s rights into power on Election Day.

    How can you get involved?

    If you are interested in volunteering for an “in-person” Women’s Caucus group near you, let us know your location, or just ask your local DA leadership to connect you with your nearest Women’s Caucus leader. (If your area has no group yet, consider launching one! We will help you!)

    If you’d like to volunteer for one of our global teams, please indicate which teams you have an interest in, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate team leader.

    It would also be helpful to know which aspects of our various projects you would most like to work on, and to have a bit of information about your interests, background, location and availability.

    A Last Word:

    In the face of ever-increasing horror around the world, many of us have found that using our skills and creativity for this good cause is enough to keep that awful feeling of helplessness and pessimism at bay.  We work “for free,” but what we get in return is a priceless feeling of pride, calm and even a good night’s sleep.

    All we need now is your fresh ideas, creativity and dedication!  Go ahead and drop us a line!

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    Thank you for reading, and as always, stay tuned on our Facebook page for all the latest news.

    In solidarity,

    Your GWC Team

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 01:00 PM · 51 rsvps

    Earth Day Anniversary Panel Discussion

    THREE EXPERTS DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE & GENDER QUESTIONS

    Is Climate Change a gender issue?  What are the impacts of environmental conditions on infectious diseases? How can empowering women save the planet from climate collapse?
    You’ll be surprised at the answers…

    On April 21st, the eve of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Earth Day, the Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus will present a virtual panel discussion on "Women and the Environment".  

    A UN report tells us "Women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes and labor markets compound inequalities and often prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation.”  

    About our speakers

    The panel participants examining this issue include:

    Alyssa Fischer - a climate and sustainability expert,

    Dr. Cara Maesano - a scientist and researcher in environmental epidemiology, and 

    Dana Powers - an environmental journalist specializing in renewable energy. 

    EVENT DETAILS

    WHAT: Earth Day Anniversary Panel Discussion on Women and the Environment

    LOCATION: Participants will join the discussion via ZOOM (link sent to all who RSVP)

    (This is an online stream of a live event; you need an internet connection to attend.)

    WHEN: April 21, 2020 @ 13:00 if you're sitting in EST (New York), or (other example time zones):

    @ 02:00 if you're in JST (Tokyo)
    @ 10:00 
    if you're in PST (Vancouver)
    @ 11:00 if you're in CST (Costa Rica)
    @ 18:00
    if you're in GMT (London)
    @ 19:00
    if you're in CEST (Paris) 

    If you have questions for our panelists, please send them to us at Global Women's Caucus

    We look forward to seeing you on the call!

    Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 02:30 PM · 6 rsvps
    Online Zoom

    Books Abroad Reads What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

     

    Books Abroad reads What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence

    An Essay Collection Edited by Michele Filgate

     

    The Global Women’s Caucus feminist reading group Books Abroad warmly invites you to celebrate Mother’s Day with us a little differently this year. At our next meeting on Sunday, May 10, 2020, our discussion will focus on acknowledging and respecting a broad variety of experiences with mothers and/or with motherhood. Often and especially around Mother’s Day, we are inundated with messages ripe with sunny, unrealistic expectations for mothers and the mother-child relationship. Our reading for this meeting, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence, is a collection of essays edited by Michele Filgate that explores a wide spectrum of relationships and challenges us to push the motherhood ideal off its pedestal and see mothers for what they are - human.

     

    In her review of the anthology on NPR, writer Danielle Kurtzleben explains, “At its broadest level, this book is about the soul-rattling realization that despite often having the astronomically best of intentions, our mothers still mess up — sometimes in life-altering ways. It's about how, despite our love or a desperate need for them, we mess things up too. And it's also about the gut punch that happens when some children are forced to legitimately wonder just how good their mothers' intentions ever were. But then, it's about how much more livable those relationships might be if someone just said those three magical words. Those words are not ‘I love you’ but, rather, ‘Are you OK?’ Or, even more difficult: ‘Hey — I'm hurting.’”

    On Mother’s Day 2020, we hope you’ll join us in processing this work together, and, if you feel comfortable doing so, please invite your mothers/children to read and discuss with us. We look forward to exchanging thoughts with you soon!

     

    This is an online event, so you must RSVP to receive the link to join.

    Event start time by time zone:

    Location
      Event Start Local Time
    Vancouver, Canada  Pacific Daylight Time 5:30 am
    Washington DC   Eastern Daylight Time 8:30 am
    London, UK GMT 1:30 pm
    Paris, France  Central European Time 2:30 pm
    Nairobi, Kenya  (GMT+3) 3:30 pm
    Dubai GST 4:30 pm
    Bangkok ICT 7:30 pm
    Beijing CST 8:30 pm
    Tokyo JST 9:30 pm
    Melbourne AEDT 10:30 pm