Advocacy and Awareness
The intersection of gender with poverty, health, race, and immigrant status face women locally and globally on a daily basis. Therefore, we sponsor events to educate ourselves and the congregation about specific issues facing women and girls. For this reason all of our benefits include a discussion of the problems that the beneficiary organization is working to solve.
We learn more through visits to organizations that we fund, such as Tomorrow’s Hope and Mary’s Place, and to events addressing women’s rights, such as the Gates Foundation Half the Sky exhibit and even popular movies. We mark International Women’s day each year with a special event.
We have become increasingly involved in advocacy regarding women’s issues. We join with the Peace and Justice Committee for the “Lobby Room”, where we contact our state legislators regarding important bills. We also work actively on referendums that affect women and LGBTQI individuals.
To learn about our upcoming events, check out our calendar.
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Advocates sponsored Zoom parties to write letters encouraging voters in swing states to vote in the November elections.
Endorsement of Referendum 90 on sex education – 2020
Advocates for Women spearheaded the congregational endorsement of the “Approve Referendum 90” movement to ensure that all children and youth in Washington state public schools have access to inclusive and medically accurate sex education. Additionally, we submitted a formal letter of endorsement to the Referendum 90 campaign.
The Vote – book discussion – 2020
In this two-part series on American Experience PBS illustrates the history of women’s suffrage culminating in the ratification of the 19th amendment.
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman – book discussion – 2020
Author Lindy West is not small, quiet, or compliant. We discussed the personal essays of this bold feminist who doesn’t fit the mold. Book discussion in four parts.
Conversations with RBG – book discussion – 2020
Over four weeks we discussed Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen.
Ensuring sex education and blocking health care provider gag rules – Lobby Room – 2020
We helped our congregation contact their state legislators to encourage passage of a Comprehensive Sex Education bill and a bill that prohibited health care entities from “gagging” providers concerning medically accurate health care information, such as birth control. Both bills were signed into law, but the sex education bill faced a Referendum 90 to overturn it in the fall of 2020.
Reproductive Justice: US Laws and UU Principles – 2019
This educational forum featured two speakers. Marley Banker, Shoreline UU Board Member and NARAL activist discussed how our liberal religion can support women’s reproductive justice in the face of conservative religions’ denial of rights. Fajer Ebrahim, Counsel at Legal Voice, described legal strategies to defend reproductive rights for all women.
Feminism for All – discussion series – 2019 – 2020
Our topics at these brown bag lunches were “Is Feminism relevant today?” and “Why the Patriarchy is not just about Men”.
Indigenous women – Lobby Room – 2019
We helped our congregation contact their state legislators to encourage passage of a bill to support efforts to solve cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. The bill was signed into law.
You’ve come a long way maybe – 2019
Many members of the congregation came to this luncheon and presentation covering economic justice, gender-based violence, and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Her Body, Our Laws – book discussion – 2018
Michelle Oberman’s book, Her Body, Our Laws: On the front lines of the abortion war, from El Salvador to Oklahoma, highlights the war on abortion and the sometimes surprising consequences of anti-abortion laws.
What Will it Take to Make A Woman President? – book discussion – 2016
We explored this book by Marianne Schnall with a readers’ theater format. With participants reading the viewpoints contributed by thought leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, and Nicholas Kristof, we probed this yet-to-be answered question.
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity – book discussion – 2015
We held a discussion of this book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This is the follow-on to the book by the same authors that inspired us to form the Advocates and take action: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Both books offer hope by showing how we can help change lives.
Girl Rising – film – 2013
Advocates attended a showing of Girl Rising. This powerful film featured the stories of nine girls from different countries to illustrate how education can empower girls and communities.
She asked for it! Why we like to judge rape victims – seminar – 2012
In this seminar, Anne Munch. discussed commonly held beliefs about rape victims, offenders, and consent, and their affect on how rape cases are perceived and handled.
Domestic Abuse in Our Own Backyard – panel – 2012
The problem of domestic violence in Snohomish and King counties was discussed by speakers from Edmonds Police Domestic Violence Unit, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, and Al O’Brien, lecturer at Seattle University and former police sergeant and State Representative.
Refugee experience – panel – 2011
Seven refugees from Refugee Women’s Alliance told us their stories, helping us understand what they left behind and what makes their lives difficult here.