Advocates For Women
Improving the Lives of Women for more than a Decade!
We believe that enhancing the lives of women makes the world better for all. Recognizing the intersectional effects of gender, racial and economic inequities, we strive to maintain a learning mindset. We work to advance reproductive justice, gender equity, and women’s well-being through advocacy, giving, and education, with compassion and respect for all who identify as women.
Focus on Indigenous Women
This year we will be educating, advocating and raising funds for Indigenous Women in Washington. Our particular areas of interest are empowering young women and girls and gender-based violence.
Upcoming events and contact information:
Now more than ever the full participation and leadership of and by women is essential to addressing local, national, and global disparities and injustices, particularly those suffered by women. We seek to help women locally and globally by:
- raising money or acquiring products for non-profit organizations which help women (see Fundraising for Women for details)
- raising awareness among ourselves and the congregation about challenges facing women (see Advocacy and Awareness for more)
Find out about our program on Reproductive Justice
We proposed a Congregational Stand that states: Reproductive Justice is a Fundamental Human Right (see the final text here) which was unanimously approved at our Congregational Meeting May 2023. This Stand is based on the proposal by the Sister Song Collective that all people have the right to bodily autonomy, to bear or not bear children, and to raise their children in a safe and healthy environment. You can see a complete list our events to educate the Congregation on Reproductive Justice in this article.
We are excited to announce two major recipients of our pledge funds for 2022-2023. They are:
- Project Girl Mentoring Program, Lynnwood. This small organization mentors girls of color aged 11-18, offering confidence and life skills. $600 was donated.
- Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services, King Co. This organization formed during the pandemic and now is running Doula and other services for indigenous women. $600 was donated.
We have also donated to Worldwide Fistula Foundation to fund one surgical treatment of obstetric fistula. Our Awash with Quarters fundraiser yielded $725 for laundry services at Pathways for Women transitional housing. In July, we co-sponsored a concert by Otto Cantanti and Dave and the Dalmations which raised $1892 for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho.
Wins in the 2023 Washington Legislature
Our wins included timely bills to end abortion cost-sharing, to protect our health data from snooping, and to protect providers of abortion and transgender care from out-of-state harassment. We were sad that the Keep Our Care Act, which addresses the takeover of health systems by religious entities, did not reach a vote. We had good success with bills on gender-based violence,while substantial bills aimed at financial assistance for families saw little success.
Meetings For Work and Play
Each month, September through June, we meet via Zoom on first Mondays (odd-numbered months, 6 pm) or in person/hybrid on first Sundays (even-numbered months, 11:45 am) to plan and reconnect. Check our calendar or email Advocates For Women for the latest details. We work collaboratively in standing groups (such as those that organize our book discussions or state lobbying efforts) and in planning groups that are dedicated to a single project, so there is room for participation by all who are interested. We use a democratic decision making model and follow the EUUC Covenant of Healthy Relations.
Throughout the year we gather (on Zoom or in person) for some fun times together, such as “Whatever Makes You Happy” happy hours and Cafe Connections. Although we don’t have business meetings In July and August, we do have one or two social events. Community is important to our success!
- Vocal Concert and Farewell to Susan Fundraising successSongs for a Summer Day: Dave and The Dalmatians join Otto Cantanti held July 22nd in Chapman Hall We’re sending a big Thank You to Otto ...Read more
- Congregational Stand on Reproductive JusticeUPDATE: The proposed Stand was approved at the May 2023 Congregational Meeting! Advocates for Women is looking forward to providing you opportunities to promote Reproductive Justice ...Read more
- The Lobby Room: Our Best Year Yet!Thanks to the congregation, we had a great year in the Lobby Room with over 3100 legislative contacts reported! Some highlights of the legislation are ...Read more
- Secular Healthcare Preserves Reproductive JusticeWritten By: Deb Bauder – 3/15/2023 (updated 4/24/2023) Imagine having a niece who is 3 months pregnant going to her obstetrician due to bleeding and being ...Read more
- The pre-Roe Struggle and its Lessons for Today: Film DiscussionJoin Advocates for a discussion of “Abortion and Women’s Rights 1970” As a part of our congregational education program on Reproductive Justice, we look back to ...Read more
- Advocates for Women EventsUpcoming For more information contact Advocates for Women September and October 2023 9/4 Monday, 6-7:30 pm A4W Monthly Meeting, via Zoom 10/1 Sunday, 11:45 am-1:15 pm A4W Monthly ...Read more
- What’s so bad about Crisis Pregnancy Centers?If you’ve been around the reproductive justice movement at all, you’ve probably heard the term “crisis pregnancy center.” Not just an annoyance, crisis pregnancy centers ...Read more
- The 2023 Lobby Room Heats Up!Many challenges await the 2023 state legislature’s 105-day budget session, which starts January 10. Let’s build on our past successes to promote those bills that ...Read more
- How Can Men Get Involved in the Reproductive Justice Movement?Written by: Barbara Ford – A4W News Group Although men have been sympathetic and supportive of reproductive rights, they often don’t know what they can do, ...Read more
- 400 Abortion Aftercare Kits from Our Work PartyIn the quiet time between Christmas and New Year, 17 members and friends of Advocates for Women, the Racial Justice Committee, and the Reproductive Justice ...Read more
For More Information
Contact: Advocates For Women