While the news from the election was disappointing, there is still MUCH to be celebrated. Every one of Georgia’s WIN List endorsed Democratic candidates held her seat, several against very formidable odds. In addition, we are sending a new woman to the Georgia Senate, Elena Parent (and we never needed her courageous voice more than we do now). Elena will be a strong voice for our progressive values and we are so happy to have helped support her throughout her political career.
We have only begun to fight, but will need your help to build recruit and train women for the next cycle and beyond. 
Newly endorsed legislative candidates 2014
Thanks to all who worked with us to support and elect these outstanding women. Georgia’s WIN List has spent the last 15 years identifying, training, electing and protecting women to state offices. And more than ever, we are dedicated to changing the face of power in Georgia!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ENDORSED WOMEN WINNERS!

 

 

We know you’re busy. So are we.

We know your inbox is full of messages about the upcoming election in Georgia.

We know you’re sick of the negative ads, tired of the promises and cringing at the thought of another person asking you for money.

We get it.

That’s why, today, we’re only asking you to do two things.

Vote, and take at least one woman with you.

Whether you take your mother, your sister, your daughter or your friend, when women vote, progressive candidates win.

This is important, so open up your calendar right now, pick your day and time, call your friend and make a date to vote.

Do it now, so it won’t get lost between finishing your project at work, picking your child up after school or the 100 other things that you’ll be juggling.

Why?

Because we can make history in Georgia THIS YEAR. Right here. Right now.

That’s right. The eyes of the nation are on Georgia because poll after poll shows we are on the brink of change.

Outstanding progressive candidates are locked in races that will be decided by razor-thin margins.

And if Georgia does change – if we elect more progressive leaders on November 4th, it will be because women vote – in large numbers.

Georgia’s conservative super majority has been a disaster for women. Thanks to them, Georgia women have become pawns in a high-stakes national strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade. They’ve even passed laws that restrict access to abortion in cases of rape and incest.

Yet, thanks to their policies, Georgia has become the most dangerous place in the nation for a woman to have a baby.

If you’re sick and tired of leaders who believe women should be forced to carry their rapist’s child to term but fail to make funding to support maternal health a priority, then you have a choice on Nov. 4th.

If you don’t like the direction our state is going, then, this year, your vote can make change possible.

Join us. Let’s make history in Georgia this year.

This week or on November 4th, will you pledge to vote?

Your vote – this year – can and will make all the difference.

Pledge to vote, and take at least one woman with you.

Sincerely,

Lauren Benedict,
Chair, Georgia’s WIN List

Amy Morton,
Chair, Better Georgia

P.S.: We voted yesterday at lunchtime. Join us today, or make a pledge to vote here. We’re about to make history in Georgia, and we know you want to be a part of it!

 

breast-cancer-ribbon-hiVOTE November 4 and  CONTRIBUTE to help us change the male-dominated Georgia legislature that abandoned 340,000 uninsured Georgia women….one in eight will develop breast cancer.

As you know, we are nearing the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Coincidentally, I am nearing the beginning of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer (starting Election Day… after I vote).   So why am I sharing this?  I am the Exeuctive Director of Georgia’s WIN List, and we are an organization dedicated to electing women (so that women have  full participation in the legislative decisions that affect us all). Having gone through diagnosis, surgery and treatment planning,  I believe I need to speak out for those whose experience will be very different than mine….because I am incredibly lucky.

Due to the cosmic lottery, I happen to be somewhat upper middle class, employed and whiteLike most women in my demographic, I have INSURANCE, which allows me to concentrate on getting better instead of worrying about how to pay for treatment.

In the last two months, my care has exceeded $90,000, and I have not even started chemotherapy. I will pay a tiny fraction of that.  But for the over 340,000 non-elderly uninsured women of Georgia, a diagnosis such as mine could mean financial ruin, or worse, waiting until it’s too late for treatment at all.

In the 2014 Georgia legislative session, I watched in disbelief as the GOP, male-dominated General Assembly arrogantly passed a bill that allows them to continue to deny Medicaid expansion.  The impact on 600,000 Georgians without insurance was not seriously discussed or analyzed.  And, despite the efforts of courageous leaders such as Senator Nan Orrock (who spoke out in opposition) a bill that endangers the lives of mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers with breast cancer was easily passed due to partisan political grandstanding.

Our state’s representation in the General Assembly is over 75% white and male.  But our state’s diverse, multicultural population (composed of 51% women) is not.  Why do these men dominate? Because they own the extra advantage of being funded by groups who support their callous policies.

The women we are endorsing in next week’s election represent a vital component of the authentic population of Georgia in 2014.  Our candidates include African-American women, women from diverse cultures, working mothers and single moms.  And, they are intelligent, hard-working women who care deeply about the repercussions of their decision-making on ALL Georgians, not just the privileged few.

That’s why we must CHANGE THE FACE OF POWER IN GEORGIA. 

Please help us protect and elect the progressive Endorsed Women we are working to keep and send to the Georgia Legislature next week.  Lives may depend on it.

 

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