Yesterday brought news that in Georgia the war on women continues to escalate.  But this time it is not our General Assembly or members of our Congressional delegation leading the attack.  Instead it was Governor Deal and an unelected board full of his cronies.

In a 5-3 vote, Georgia’s Community Health Board voted to end health insurance coverage for abortion for state employees except when required to save the life of the mother.  This will make Georgia’s restrictions on public employees more severe than federal guidlines as well as those in a vast majority of other states.

The vote was orchastrated by Gov. Deal, after the State Legislature refused to take this action during the last legislative session.

WIN endorsed Rep. Pat Gardner’s reaction to the Governor’s action is dead on.  “I’m furious. And I think every woman and enlightened gentleman in Georgia should be infuriated. This is a decision for a family and their doctor, not for a governor to make.”

This is why WIN List needs your support today.  Your gift of $50, $100 or $250 will help us make sure that Rep. Gardner and our other WIN women have the help they need to turn back this draconian action.  

Thank you,
Lauren Benedict
Chair, Georgia’s WIN List

 

AnnaDear Friend,

I was hired as the Executive Director of Georgia’s WIN List four years ago. In that time we have accomplished a lot:

  • Raised over $600,000
  • Protected 96% of incumbents in 2010
  • Added 4 new women to the House in 2010
  • Flipped one seat Republican to Democrat (something that happened only 9 other times nationwide)
  • Added 1 new woman to the Senate in 2011
  • Protected 90% of incumbents in 2012
  • Added 3 new women to the House in 2012
  • Conducted 4 free candidate trainings
  • Conducted 3 free political staff trainings
  • Launched Farm Team

I will be leaving the organization at the end of July to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Policy from Georgia State University. I am excited for this next chapter of my life but sad to leave an organization that I love and that I believe in.

I have worked in Georgia politics for the last decade-in statewide campaigns; congressional races; United States senate races and more-and I can say without question that Georgia’s WIN List remains the single most strategic political operation in this state. There is no single other organization in Georgia committed to recruiting, training, electing and protecting Democratic women. And we have 12 years of history to prove it.

While there are many political organizations asking for your gift these days, I urge you to keep Georgia’s WIN List at the forefront.

If you aren’t convinced, remind yourself that in 2012, WIN List endorsed senators staged an anti-abortion bill walk-out; remind yourself that on that very same day, WIN List endorsed representatives turned their back on the speaker during the “20 week abortion” bill vote; and finally remind yourself that just before midnight, the WIN women of both chambers wrapped themselves in caution tape and refused to budge, chanting “we will not forget” as the men who had just voted to strip them of their rights headed home for the evening.

If the strength and perseverance of Sen. Wendy Davis taught us anything, it’s that as women, we can never ever give up. The fight is unfair; the fight is long but the fight can be won.

I’m game if you are.

Thank you so much for your support,
Anna Beck
Executive Director, Georgia’s WIN List

 
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Georgia Congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey

In the past two days, two Georgia congressmen have escalated the war on women.

Rep. Paul Broun refused to vote for his own bill that was nearly identical to the legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly banning abortions after 20 weeks because it wasn’t tough enough.

When a provision granting exceptions for rape and incest was added, Broun withdrew support because it was too easy on women.

Then today, Rep. Phil Gingrey is promoting the teaching of gender stereotypes in elementary schools.  He wants public schools to teach women to “stay in their place.”

While Gingrey is right that each parent brings different strengths to a family, his suggestion that only opposite-sex couples can bring complementary skills is nearly as archaic as his view that children should be taught to conform to his outdated view of gender roles.

Your gift of $50, $100 or $250 will help us show these men that a woman’s “place” is in the House AND in the Senate!  

Thank you,
Lauren Benedict
Chair, Georgia’s WIN List

 

PageLines- slider_women_fist.jpgHave you heard the news?

On March 26, 2013 the Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, signed into law three bills that limit women’s reproductive rights in an unprecedented way-the most severe bill of the three outlaws abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

But it didn’t stop in North Dakota.

Similar measures are being taken in Kansas, Arkansas and Virginia.

If you thought the war on women ended after last year’s election, you are wrong. Not only is the attack on women’s reproductive rights running rampant nationwide, in the next year or so it is coming to your front door. The 2014 legislative session in Georgia will focus largely on limiting a women’s right to choose.

You’ll never guess who will be leading the charge? That’s right-Republican men.

There has never been a better time than now to support the work of Georgia’s WIN List. With your help, we can work with our elected women in an attempt to block upcoming legislation targeted at stripping our reproductive rights. And while the 2014 election may seem a ways off, we have already begun working to recruit progressive women to run in potential swing districts.

Please consider making a contribution TODAY to support the work of Georgia’s WIN List. With your help, we can ensure that Georgia does not become the next North Dakota.

Thank you,
Georgia’s WIN List