Welcome to the first edition of our #5050x2028 Newsletter! Here, we’ll keep you updated on the latest news about getting to 50/50, WCF events and activity, and more! Today, we’ll update you on how we’ll get from here to our vision for the future, and what we’ll be up to in the coming weeks. Then stay tuned for our next edition, where we’ll include fun content -- and introduce interviews with some of the game-changing people in our circles!
So why 50/50, why now? Check out the video below from Jamie Covello, one of the extraordinary women on our Board.
How we got here & where we’re going:
We’re proud of our 40+ years of success helping outstanding women get elected to office. Even after landmark advances in 2018, women still hold only 23% of elected offices at the federal level in the U.S., and about 28% at the state level. And we’re actually slipping behind countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and China in that regard on the world stage. America has a lot of work to do! That’s why we’re committed to achieving 50/50 representation in elected offices nationwide by 2028.
WCF sees elected women facing unprecedented challenges as they work to advance issues vital to women, men, and families. We see them struggle to implement common sense agendas and maintain common ground. WCF realized in the last election cycle that fewer and fewer Republican women were running for office, and found that unacceptable. So in 2017, we adopted a bold new approach. Rather than move the needle on specific issues, we decided to strengthen the platform on which all issues and rights are decided.
The women we support:
WCF works on the big picture, to support leaders on a variety of issues, while making sure elected government is stronger in the most basic way: that it benefits from 50/50 representation, men and women, just like the population. Not a quota. A common sense reflection of the way we live today.
When 100% of America is represented by 100% of our available talent, wisdom and skill, we have a stronger foundation for figuring out what’s in the best interest of all. When more of the people we elect are common ground experts, we can make better policy. Better laws. Be better represented in the decisions that shape our lives.
Who do we support? Not just any women. WCF supports women with strength in three areas:
- Commitment to work for 50/50 representation,
- Demonstrated ability to reach common ground solutions, and
- Personal, professional, and political viability for election.
What’s coming your way:
We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new, interactive way to explore what it will take to turn America's conversation about men and women into better government. Using VoiceVoice, a powerful conversation platform, we now connect people all over the country to talk with each other in small groups about 50/50 representation in elected government . This isn’t a webinar, or your average video conference. It is a live, “kitchen table” conversation with half a dozen other people. Interested? Learn more or register for a conversation below. Start your conversation as soon as next week!
Next: Keep an eye out for updates on our summer activities! WCF may be coming to a city near you! Or you can bring WCF to your neighborhood, circle of friends, or other group.
Updates from the frontlines:
The Year of the Woman in 2018 was an amazing moment -- women made huge gains, running and winning in record numbers. We’re inspired -- and we hope you are, too, because we still have a lot of work to do! First, we have to uphold the gains we made in 2018. Even with them, the US ranks 78th globally in women’s representation in legislatures. Some sources also say 75th. If we continue to elect women at the current rate, we’ll see 50/50 representation in 100 or 200 years -- but we aren’t willing to wait, and we know you aren’t either.
We know that it makes sense for women to be represented in elected office in numbers roughly the same as men. Yet examples close to home have been hard to come by. That all changed this January, when Nevada seated the first majority-female state legislature in US history. They’ve rattled the old way and made progress on many issues affecting not just women and girls, but Arizonans overall. That said, more than 17 pending bills deal with sexual assault, sex trafficking and sexual misconduct, and legislation is in the works to ban child marriage and examine the causes of maternal mortality. Best news yet: women representatives on both sides of the aisle are finding common ground with one another for the good of all.
That sounds a lot like the future we want to live in -- and we know we can count on your support to help us get there. Want to show your commitment to make 50/50 representation a reality? Add your name to our 50/50 Pledge!
That's all the news for today. Look out for more updates soon!