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Netroots Preconference Program Focuses on Achieving Parity for American Women

About 100 women from all over the country gathered on Wednesday for WDN’s second Women’s Preconference at Netroots Nation. The gathering was part of WDN’s Women United For project, which is focused on achieving parity for women in American politics and civic life.

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Members Learn About Prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Summer

June 13, 2013 /

WDN members heard an update this week from three leaders in the immigration reform movement about the status of the issue as it moves through the U.S. Senate. The good news is that it looks like the Senate will be voting on the bill by the end of June, and activists are feeling optimistic that […]

Heidi Yewman’s Passion is for Gun Violence Prevention

May 28, 2013 /

In April 1999, Heidi Yewman arrived home with her one-year old and saw kids running out of her high school on CNN. Thirteen people were murdered that day, including Dave Sanders, Heidi’s basketball coach. A few weeks later she attended the memorial service at Columbine High School and was struck by a powerful urge to […]

WDN and Women’s Funding Alliance Team Up for Seattle Regional Event

May 17, 2013 /

Women Donors Network is co-hosting a lunch and regional meeting with the Women’s Funding Alliance on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, focused on the power of women’s activism in the Northwest and nationwide. Regional meetings are opportunities for progressive women donors to connect informally with other women donors in the region who share their values, and […]

Nation Inside: An Innovative Example of Grassroots Networking for Movement Building

April 12, 2013 /

“The knowledge of what others are doing, what works and what doesn’t, is really helpful,” said Branch Kennedy. “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

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WDN Goes to Washington: A Summary of Our Week Advocating in DC

March 28, 2013 /

During the week of March 11-14, WDN brought 25 members and prospective members to Washington, DC, for our third annual “WDN on the Hill” advocacy training and lobby days. Our members divided up to tackle four critical issues facing our country today: climate change, immigration, gun violence prevention, and women’s economic security. “WDN on the Hill” is becoming on of our most popular and successful programs, and it is a great way to introduce new people to WDN. Though we can’t get the exact dates until we know the legislative calendar, it is always in March, so please mark your calendars now for 2014 and plan to join us!

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UltraViolet at One Year Old: WDN Members Learn of Successes and the Work to Come

March 27, 2013 /

“Most progressives just go away when the election is over, said WDN member Wendy Wolf. “UV is a way for us to keep people mobilized and building momentum.”

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SF Chronicle Front Page: Women Focus on Child Safety in Gun Debate

February 19, 2013 /

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, Women Donors Network mobilized to ensure that the voices of women were being elevated so that meaningful, long-term change to curb gun violence could be made. The effort so far has included the first major national poll examining the views of women and gun violence, and a convening in Washington DC with 100 women elected leaders, grass-tops and grassroots leaders. Today, the results of this effort were featured in a front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle, in which the author Joe Garofoli highlights key assertions from the poll: that women view gun violence differently than men to, and that for women, the debate is less about preserving gun rights and more about preserving safety in their neighborhoods.

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Members Learn about Successes and Challenges of Election Protection Mobile App

February 14, 2013 /

The Election Protection Coalition heard from users in Pittsburgh and Cleveland that the app was essential in their work with voters on election day. “Pittsburgh voters that were almost turned away were able to use the app to demonstrate to poll workers that they were registered to vote,” said Marshall. Meanwhile, volunteers in Cleveland used the app to direct voters to their correct polling place.

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WDN Kicks Off ‘Women United For’ Initiative

The Women Donors Network (WDN) gathered a diverse group of 100 women from Congress and a broad cross section of organizations and communities for a half-day summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss how women will take a leadership role at the grass tops and grass roots levels on the issue of gun violence prevention.

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