FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2014
CONTACT: Juan Garcia
WCF Announces Six More Game Changers
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) added six new women to its Game Changer program, bringing the total to eighteen. Forty women will be named Game Changers, in total, in honor of WCF’s 40th anniversary. The initiative, aimed at “changing the game” for women in politics, lays out WCF’s vision for a more representative government that includes more women, minorities, and others from outside the traditional world of politics.
“The public’s reaction to our Game Changers initiative has been incredible,” said Clare Bresnahan, WCF’s Political and Programs Director. “There’s a palpable desire for our elected leaders to better represent who we are as a country and Game Changers has tapped into that in a big way. Today’s six new Game Changers, in addition to being highly qualified for their respective offices, represent the rich diversity that people are so craving in government, including women of color, LGBT women, women from immigrant families, and women from outside the traditional world of politics. There’s also a strong sense of history being made here, whether it’s the woman who was the first Latina Chief of Staff in U.S. Senate history, the woman who could be the first Indian-American in the California legislature, or the woman who could be Pennsylvania’s first woman Governor.”
The Game Changers announced today include:
• Amanda Renteria, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-21): Amanda is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant farmworker who worked his way up, eventually building a family and a small business in the Central Valley. Amanda was the first Mexican-American from her small town to be accepted at Stanford University. She was also the first Latina Chief of Staff in U.S. Senate history.
• Val Arkoosh, running for U.S. House of Representatives (PA-13): Dr. Valerie Arkoosh isn’t a career politician. She is a physician, parent of three, and a community leader. As a practicing obstetric anesthesiologist, she has helped thousands of women of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds. In Congress, she would be a credible, vocal advocate for women’s healthcare and reproductive rights.
• Maura Healey, running for Attorney General (Massachusetts): Maura, as an attorney and LGBT woman, has spent years fighting for justice, equal rights, and expanded opportunity, and she has delivered. In the strong, progressive tradition of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Maura has won victories for Massachusetts families that are felt across the country. Her extensive leadership experience, professionalism, and vision make her uniquely qualified to serve as Massachusetts’ next Attorney General.
• Allyson Schwartz, running for Governor (Pennsylvania): Allyson would be a strong woman leader with the fresh views needed to be champion for women in Pennsylvania. She is also a first-generation American, born to a Holocaust survivor and a Korean War veteran. For years, Allyson has been the only woman in Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation. If elected, she would become Pennsylvania’s first woman governor. Currently, there is only one woman Governor in the country who supports reproductive choices and options, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. Allyson's election would break another important glass ceiling that is often overlooked.
• Suja Lowenthal, running for State Assembly (CA-70): Suja would be the first Indian-American elected to the California Legislature. With her 16 years of experience in the water industry and her experience as a single mother, Suja would be a champion for the environment, as well as for California women and their families.
• Mary Sosa, running for State House of Representatives (OK-89): Mary has overcome many obstacles, as a woman of color, a single mother who was once homeless, and a domestic violence survivor, to be where she is today. Her story is a source of inspiration for countless Latinas and women in similar circumstances. She is also a retired Oklahoma City employee, grandmother, and a tireless community leader. In addition to her unique perspective, Mary would bring her fierce determination to lead and a genuine understanding of the struggles that Oklahoma's working class families’ face.
Previously announced Game Changers include:
• Emily Cain, running for U.S. House of Representatives (ME-02)
• Charniele Herring, running for U.S. House of Representatives (VA-08)
• Eloise Gomez Reyes, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-31)
• Sandra Fluke, running for California State Senate (CA-26)
• Connie Pillich, running for Ohio State Treasurer
• Nina Turner, running for Ohio Secretary of State
• Wendy Davis, running for Governor (Texas)
• Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for U.S. Senate (Kentucky)
• Rocky Lara, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NM-02)
• Alma Adams, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NC-12)
• Betty Yee, running for State Controller (California)
• Erin Molchany, running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (PA-36)
The Game Changers initiative complements WCF’s existing political endorsement program. The 40 women chosen for the initiative are selected from the pool of WCF’s already impressive roster of endorsed candidates. Each week, WCF will add more women to the list, leading up to the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Parties of Your Choice Gala in New York City on May 15th.
For more information about WCF’s Game Changers, please visit wcfonline.org/game_changers. To read previous Game Changer announcements, please visit wcfonline.org/press_release.