NCSL Women's Legislative Network Spring 2016 Newsletter

Samantha Nuechterlein 6/15/2016




Hello to my colleagues around the nation,
I hope you enjoyed productive legislative sessions and that the summer is starting off on a great note. If there is any information or resources that you need to help you do your jobs better, please turn to NCSL and contact me personally if we can be of assistance.
Consider joining us at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 7-11. The Network will have a busy week of events, listed below.
The mission of the bipartisan Women’s Legislative Network is to promote the participation, empowerment and leadership of women legislators. We invite you to share your ideas about what you’d like us to work on.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Brenda Gilmore
State Representative, Tennessee
President, Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL
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Women in Politics Making A Difference Award Winners

Please support us in congratulating the winners of the spring Women Making a Difference in Politics Awards:
Senator Sue Rezin, Illinois, Republican – read more about Sen. Rezin on our blog.
Representative Valencia Stovall, Georgia, Democrat – read more about Rep. Stovall.
Representative Marcy Toepel, Pennsylvania, Republican – read more about Rep. Toepel.
Senator Sandra Williams, Ohio, Democrat – read more about Sen. Williams.
The Women in Politics Making a Difference Awards will recognize 16 outstanding women over the course of a year. Each season—spring, summer, fall, and winter—the Network will profile four women who are making their marks in their legislatures and communities. We invite you to nominate a woman who inspires you for the upcoming summer nominating period.

Upcoming Women's legislative Network Events

All upcoming Women’s Legislative Network events will be held at the NCSL Legislative Summit this summer in Chicago at the McCormick Place convention center.

Women’s Legislative Network Board Meeting

Sunday, Aug. 7 | 5-6 p.m. Join the Women's Legislative Network of NCSL for the summer board meeting to review the year's activities and plan for the future. All are welcome.

Media Workshop: Top Tactics, Thoughtful Strategies and Legal Considerations for Your Social Media Life

Monday, Aug. 8 | 9 a.m.-noon Social media is here to stay. The benefits of staying in touch with a more technologically savvy audience can be enormous, but it is important to ensure you are using the tools effectively and legally during a busy legislative session or campaign season. This workshop explores some best practices, legal considerations and limitations of using social media in the legislative environment.

Building Trust with Citizens: Text, Talk, Civility Matters – A National Conversation about Civility

Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 2:40-3:55 p.m. Grab your cell phones and be prepared to discuss civility in politics and the legislature by using the discussion platform, Text, Talk, Civility Matters, developed by the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).

Women’s Legislative Network Policy Roundtable Discussions

Tuesday, Aug 9 | 4-5 p.m. Join us for informal roundtable discussions about top issues in 2016, women in politics and anything else on your mind.

Women’s Legislative Network Reception

Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 5-6 p.m.

Women’s Legislative Network Lunch

Wednesday, Aug 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. The lunch will include the Network's business meeting and elections and a celebration of women in state legislatures and American politics.

Issue Session: Women and Wages

Thursday, Aug. 11 | 10:45 a.m.-noon 2016 has seen a lot of action at the state and federal levels aimed at closing the wage gap for working women. Hear the latest research about women in the workforce and what the wage gap really means, learn about different approaches states have taken to address the question, and get an update on federal policy changes that affect workers.

Make some room in your suitcase to benefit Dress for Success Chicago

clothesNCSL will be collecting gently used clothing and accessories for a drive benefiting Dress for Success Chicago, an organization promoting the economic independence of women. Dress for Success requests that all donated clothing be clean, folded or on hangers, modern (2010 or later) and workplace-appropriate. This clothing drive is presented by the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL and generously supported by LexisNexis StateNet. 



Apply now: Available board of directors positions

Apply now to the Women’s Legislative Network Board
The Network board is bipartisan, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans from each region. These positions have two year terms of 2016-2018, below are the available positions for your consideration.
Vice President (Republican)
Midwestern Regional position (Republican)
 (Ilinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New England, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Southern Regional position (Democrat)
(Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.)
Western Regional position (Democrat)
(Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
Western Regional position (Republican)
(Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
At-Large position (Republican)
Candidates should have leadership approval to participate and travel to NCSL events before submitting an application. Board members are responsible for their own travel costs and meeting registration fees.

Submit your application by Tuesday, July 5. Apply online here.
Or send your name, contact information, short biography, and a statement indicating why you would like to serve on the board to Katie Ziegler. Mail to the Women's Legislative Network, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230.

A nominating committee reviews all applications and selects a slate of candidates to be officially elected at the Network’s business meeting on Aug. 10 during the NCSL Legislative Summit. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by mid-July.

We appreciate your interest!