Political Action Committee (PAC)
BPW Members Can Make a Difference Through Their PAC!
Lobby Day was January 27, 2020.
We joined our friends from AAUW for Lobby Day. In the morning we listened to various speakers on current issues and concerns that we could share with our legislators. In the afternoon we visited the legislators, toured the capital, and sat in committee sessions of our choice. It was a productive and very interesting day for our BPW members (pictured on the right).
Lobby Day this fiscal BPW/WA year will be on February 1, 2021. Save the date.
BPW/WA PAC was established as a Political Action Committee (BPW/PAC) to assist women and pro-women candidates who support BPW’s Legislative Platform by providing campaign contributions and endorsements. As the financial muscle behind BPW’s state legislative agenda, individual members can contribute to BPW/WA PAC to show a collective force of BPW members in the Washington political process.
BPW/PAC endorses women and men, Republicans and Democrats, and candidates from every governmental division of Washington State. These candidates must be approved by the BPW/WA PAC Committee. Candidates can request a BPW/WA PAC Endorsement (clink on link below.) Each candidate that is endorsed by BPW/PAC has a record that demonstrates a strong commitment to the issues outlined in the BPW State Legislative Platform below.
BPW/WA PAC serves as the financial muscle behind BPW’s legislative agenda and platform. BPW/WA PAC is supported solely by voluntary contributions from BPW/WA members and is governed by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). To contribute, please complete the BPW/WA PAC Donation Form or contact the PAC Chair via email: PAC@bpwwa.org.
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BPW/WA Legislative Platform
The Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, shall stand first, foremost and above all other items which may appear on the platform of this Federation until equal legal rights for women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution, because all statutory law derives there-from.
The Equal Rights Amendment
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Support pay equity, equal educational and economic opportunities at all stages of life; and promote affordable, quality dependent care to help support economic self-sufficiency for women and their dependents.
Support full access to all women’s health services and education, including reproductive choice*; support funds for research into and protections for women’s health care needs; and support the national health care policy sections specifically recognizing the special health care needs of women.
* Clarification clause on the words “including reproductive choice’ is explained constitutionally, per the Equal Rights Amendment, as a legal right for a woman and a man to jointly decide on having a pregnancy, birth, or birth control.
Support equal rights and remedies for women in all phases of their lives; support affirmative action; eliminate sexual harassment and violence against women.
BPW/WA PAC Endorsement Request
Candidate’s requesting contributions from the BPW/WA Political Action Committee (PAC) must submit their request by June 1st for Primary Election Candidates and August 1st for the General Election Candidates. Download, complete, and return the PAC Endorsement Request Form at your convenience. Questions? Email the BPW/WA PAC Chair at PAC@bpwwa.org.