2007 Conference Report
For three inspiring days on Capitol Hill, hundreds of women legislators and community
leaders from across the country gathered for vital training and strategizing. We celebrated
the gains women are making. We addressed the challenge of amplifying women's voices in pressing policy debates. We shared our visions and our hopes for our communities and our country.
Some highlights of the conference:
• Lively interactive trainings sharpened skills on making the most of media opportunities,
framing effective messages, deflecting attacks, and reaching new audiences.
• Marian Wright Edelman’s lifetime of dedicated service was recognized with the 2007
Torchbearer Award. She inspired with her urgent call to ensure a bright future by truly
leaving no child behind.
• Jane Fonda accepted our Keeping the Faith Award, and addressed the challenges of
overcoming the barriers to women’s voices and views being fully represented at every
level of media. She engaged with panelists Carol Jenkins (Women's Media Center) and
author/activist Ellen Bravo (Taking on the Big Boys) in a dynamic discussion.
• Jeanne Shaheen, former New Hampshire Governor, and Colorado Senate President
Joan Fitz-Gerald inspired us as they launched their bids for Congress.
• Illinois Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson, fueled by the energy and encouragement
at the conference, made the decision to run for Congress in 2008. “The more I
listened to these groups, the more I talked to other people in Congress, the more I
realized this was not about me, it’s not about titles. It’s about what I can do for the
people and the country,” Halvorson said.
• At meetings with Members of Congress, nearly 40 state constituent delegations talked
about the Iraq war, the military budget, plans for new nuclear weapons, and a new
study on how we can create more jobs without adding more weapons to our obsolete
arsenal of military gadgets and weapons systems.
• Special challenges for women in the workforce were highlighted by Valarie Long of
SEIU and Naomi Walker of AFL-CIO. Pollster Celinda Lake and Page Gardner (Women's
Voices.Women's Vote.) focused on central issues facing women and their families, the
unique concerns of unmarried women, and the potential of mobilizing female voters.
• Noted author U.S. Army Sergeant Kayla Williams and U.S. Army Sergeant Carolyn
Schapper shared experiences of women serving in our armed forces.
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