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THE WIL REPORTER
Spring 2016 Edition

MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS: 

Women in Leadership provides a quarterly report to WIL members and friends containing important news concerning women’s and reproductive issues as well as news about WIL and its members.  If you come across news you think appropriate for our newsletter, please forward it to Isabel Irvine at isabelsirvine@gmail.com.  We hope you will find The WIL Reporterinteresting and educational.

INDEX:

News:

2016 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

BRAZIL'S ABORTION RESTRICTIONS COMPOUND CHALLENGE OF ZIKA VIRUS

SOUTH CAROLINA 20 WEEK ABORTION BAN

OKLAHOMA'S UNABASHED ATTACK ON ABORTION 

Spotlight on Retired WIL Board Members, Jeanette Miller and Barbara Mozan 

2016 Endorsed Candidates

WIL Endorsement Process

2016 WIL Board Members


2016 Primary Election Results (Updated 6/19)

Source:  OC Registrar of Voters and California Secretary of State 
Unofficial Results (most, but not all votes counted)

OC: Still 40,804 ballots to count  46.5% turnout

Some good news:  Sharon is looking strong for November, and our Becky squeaked out a win for Board of Education.


Results for our endorsed candidates on ballot in the June Primary:

Loretta Sanchez, US Senate: 18.5% Kamala Harris 40.4%; Loretta is one of top two finishers so will face Kamala in November.

Linda Sanchez US House 38:   69.3%

Sue Savary, US House 48:  28.7% against Rohrabacher 57.2%; Savory faces Rohrabacher in November.

Kerry Condley, US House 42 came up short: 7.3% against Ken Calvert 55.8%; Democrat Sheridan placed in top two.

Sharon Quirk Silva, AD 65: 53.3% against incumbent Young Kim 46.7%. They will face off in November.

Becky Gomez OC School Board: 42.4% to Robert Hammond 40.9%

Michele Martinez OC Supervisor: 37.8% to Andrew Do 34.7%; They will face off in November. 



BRAZIL'S ABORTION RESTRICTIONS COMPOUND CHALLENGE OF ZIKA VIRUS

Our hearts go out to the women in Brazil now facing the possibility of terrible birth defects from Zika.  Brazil does not permit abortion except in certain limited circumstances, not including microcephaly.  Interesting statistic:  in Brazil, there are 100 times more women seeking medical help for botched abortions than the number of women who obtain a legal abortions.  


For full article click 
here.


SOUTH CAROLINA'S 20 WEEK ABORTION BAN
 

They just keep on coming.  Abortion outlawed in South Carolina on the totally unproven thesis that a fetus feels pain by half way through the pregnancy. Carolina is looking to ban any abortions, including those for pregnancies caused by rape or incest, after 20 weeks.


Read article here.



OKLAHOMA'S UNABASHED ATTACK ON ABORTION

“It appears that the anti-choice mob is getting more desperate and more creative.  The latest salvo is from the Oklahoma legislature.  Its latest bill would make performing an abortion – at any time and for any reason, including saving the life of the mother – a felony.  The smart folks in Oklahoma know this bill is unconstitutional, but think that the inevitable challenge to the law in the courts may lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. 

Update:  the governor unexpectedly vetoed the bill.  She said it was unconstitutional.

 Full article here.


 

Spotlight on WIL Founders Jeanette Miller and Barbara Mozan 

Two founders of Women in Leadership retired from Board of Directors Membership last month.

They are Jeanette Miller and Barbara Mozan.  Both of them are a real loss to the Board of Directors (although each vows to continue to actively support WIL and our mission of helping to elect bi-partisan pro choice women).

Interestingly enough, the two women have a common reason for having helped to found WIL - that reason is Marilyn Brewer - our first WIL endorsed candidate and former California State Assemblywoman from SoCal.  Marilyn along with Carol Barnes and Louise Adler, came up with the idea of a bipartisan group of women supporting women nearly 25 years ago.  They are truly the “Founding Mothers” of our current organization.

Jeanette knew Marilyn through skiing.  Barbara knew Marilyn because they served on the OC Grand Jury together.  When the above mentioned trio began to think seriously about other women who would be interested in helping found such a group, Marilyn tapped Jeanette and Barbara.  We owe all these women a debt of gratitude for having the foresight to know women running for office deserve a hand up. 

Both women have raised families while pursuing their very busy lives.  Jeanette is a retired banking executive.  For many years she was involved with the American Association of University Women, serving in various capacities on the AAUW Board both local and national as well as being an active board member of Women in Leadership.

Barbara, a retired teacher, has been involved in various types of volunteer work.  During that process she became particularly interested in the Orange County Community Foundation and eventually  went to work for the Foundation.  Barbara has also been a member of Founders Plus Board of Directors at the Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts.

THANK YOU! Jeanette and Barbara - we will miss you at our Board meetings! 


2016 Endorsed Candidates


Loretta Sanchez
US Senate  
http://www.loretta.org/ 

Kerri Condley
42nd Congressional District
http://www.kerricondleyforcongress.com/

Sharon Quirk-Silva 
65th Assembly District
http://www.sharonquirksilva.com/

Anila Ali  
Irvine City Council 
http://www.anilaali.com

Farrah Khan  
Irvine City Council 
http://www.democracy.com/ElectFarrah

Melissa Fox 
Irvine City Council 
http://melissafoxblog.com/tag/irvine-city-council/


Shiva Farivar 
Irvine City Council 
http://shivafarivar.com/

Letticia Clark   
Tustin City Council 
http://www.letitiaclark.com/


Shelly Blair 
Mission Viejo City Council 
http://www.voteshellyblair.com

Diana Carey   
Westminster City Council 
http://www.dianacarey.com/

Lorraine Prinsky, Ph.D.
Governing Board Member, Coast Community College District Area 3
http://www.lorraineprinksy.com

Rebecca "Beckie"Gomez
Orange County School Board, Trustee Area 1

http://beckiegomez.com/

Michele Martinez
Orange County School Board of Supervisors 

www.michelecmartinez.com


How We Endorse Candidates:

Our mission is to endorse and support women candidates who believe in ensuring access to reproductive education and healthcare for all women.
We receive requests for WIL endorsements from candidates throughout California but reserve our endorsements and resources for those for whom some (or all) of our members can vote or in exceptional cases for an office in an adjacent county.  We may endorse  candidates running for statewide office (for example, US Senate or State Controller) because our members can vote in these elections.

Once a candidate clicks on Endorsement/Guidelines on the WIL website (www.womeninleadership.com), she will see our full endorsement policy.  We invite you to read these guidelines to better understand this process.  What follows is a summary of our endorsement criteria and process:

1.  A candidate must be pro-choice (support the right of a woman to make her own medical decisions, including the right to choose and have an abortion)
2.  She must be a viable candidate (have a campaign organization with a solid volunteer base and/or staff)

A candidate must request access to the WIL questionnaire and then submit the completed form.  If responses to the questionnaire are consistent with WIL policy, the WIL Board of Directors will interview and vote on whether to endorse the candidate.

WIL is non-partisan position and may endorse more than one candidate for a single office or remain neutral and not endorse any candidate.  Endorsed candidates are required to become members of WIL if they are not already members.

We will withdraw endorsement if the candidate demonstrates views which are inconsistent withWIL’s mission or if the candidate demonstrates unethical behavior which is inconsistent with the ethical standards of WIL.  Our endorsements are good for only one election cycle.

Please let the WIL Board of Directors know if you have any questions about this process.

 


2016 WIL Board Members

Current Board Members

Louise Adler                 
Karen Clark 
Amber Davidson
Pam Gilmour
Karol Gottfredson
Isabel Irvine
Jill Kanzler
LaDonna Kienitz
Mary Bayer
Tricia Nichols
Liz Parker
Jone Pearce
Lorraine Prinksky,Ph.D
Patricia Schuler, CLU, ChFC
Melinda Seely
Susan Seely


 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS—A LOT!

The only way WIL has money to donate to candidates who support reproductive rights is through membership dues.  There are quite a few WIL supporters who have yet to pay dues for 2015.  This springWIL has already donated $6,500 to candidates for Congress, Assembly and a community college board.  In the 2013-14 election cycle WIL donated to 23 candidates.  If every member brings their dues “current” for 2015 we can help every deserving candidate who applies for support.  Please go to our web site and renew your membership if you have not already paid for 2015 http://womeninleadership.nationbuilder.com/membership.  If you are not sure of the current status of your membership our Treasurer, Louise Adler, will check it for you dr.louise.adler@gmail.com.

 


Winter 2016 Edition

MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:

Women in Leadership provides a quarterly report to WIL members and friends containing important news concerning women’s and reproductive issues as well as news about WIL and its members.  If you come across news you think appropriate for our newsletter, please forward it to Isabel Irvine at isabelsirvine@gmail.com.  We hope you will find The WIL Reporter interesting and educational.

INDEX:

News:

A RARE BIT OF REALLY GOOD NEWS

CHILLING FACTS FROM THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FOR CHOICE

DONALD TRUMP STANDS BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD -- EXCEPT ON ABORTION

THE PASSING OF NANCY RAEGAN

WOMEN, BICYCLES, AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT

Spotlight on WIL Member, Scharrell Jackson

2016 Endorsed Candidates

WIL Endorsement Process

2015 WIL Board Members


Upcoming Events:

SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 4, 2016

The next WIL lunch will be on April 4, featuring Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. For more information or to RSVP, click here.



A RARE BIT OF REALLY GOOD NEWS

You’ve all likely heard this amazing story by now, but it can’t help but make you smile to read it again.A Houston Grand Jury convened to decide whether to indict Planned Parenthood for allegedly illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue ended up completing an about-face switcheroo.  Rather than indict Planned Parenthood, the Grand Jury indicted two officials of the anti-choice group, Center for Medical Progress, who were pursuing the case against Planned Parenthood in Houston.  Planned Parenthood was totally exonerated by the Grand Jury and the officials of Center for Medical Progress were charged with the felony of tampering with a governmental record.  And this in Texas!!  We all need a bit of good news now and then. For full article click here


CHILLING FACTS FROM THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY

These are from the news within the past week, and follow the success of alleged “moderate” John Kasich in cutting funding for Planned Parenthood in the state of Ohio:

Florida: Tampa Bay Times: Senate Poised To Vote On Abortion Restrictions
Georgia: AP (GA): House Panel OKs Grant Program For Anti-Abortion Facilities
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Star: Indiana Bill Limits Women's Reasons For Abortion
Kansas: AP: A Kansas Senate Committee Has Voted To Permanently Divert Federal Family Planning Funding From Clinics Who Provide Abortion In Addition to Preventive Care like Cancer Screenings and Birth Control
Kentucky: Care2: Kentucky Governor Is Targeting Abortion Clinics – and He’s Succeeding
Louisiana: RH Reality Check: Louisiana GOP Focuses on Anti-Choice Measures Amid Budget Crisis
Missouri: AP: Missouri House Limits Funding For MU, Planned Parenthood
Oklahoma: KFOR: Oklahoma Bill Proposes Abortion Providers Face Murder Charges
South Carolina: AP: SC Senate Approves Bill Banning Abortion Past 19 Weeks
Tennessee: Tennessean: Tennessee Bill Would Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
Texas: Healthcare Daily: Texas Walks Away From Findings In Controversial Planned Parenthood Access Study
Utah FOX13: Governor Says He’s On ‘Solid Footing’ Over Cutting Money To Planned Parenthood
Virginia: Capital News Service: Bill to defund Planned Parenthood passes House and Senate
 
States have enacted 288 restrictions on abortion since 2010. In fact, just in 2015, 17 states enacted 57 new anti-choice laws.



DONALD TRUMP STANDS BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD -- EXCEPT ON ABORTION

Donald Trump supports Planned Parenthood?  Really?  Trump says he supports Planned Parenthood so long as government funding isn't used to pay
for abortions. Every other Republican candidate, without exception, supports the total defunding of Planned Parenthood.  However, in typically Trumpian fashion, in the Republican debate in late February, Trump stated that he WOULD defund Planned Parenthood because of the abortion issue.

 Full article here.


THE PASSING OF NANCY REAGAN

We note the recent death of Nancy Reagan.  While many of us disagreed with her on many issues, she deserves credit for supporting two positions important to us, both now viewed as anathema by the Republican party.

First, in her role as devoted advocate for Alzheimer’s research, she actively fought to advance embryonic stem cell research.

And second, perhaps more surprising, in her last public comment on the topic, in 1994, she stated that she was personally opposed to abortion, but added, “On the other hand, I believe in a woman's choice.”


WOMEN, BICYCLES, AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT

I have enjoyed bike riding for most of my life, starting with that totally cool Schwinn that Santa brought me for Christmas when I was 8 years old.  Who knew that the simple little two-wheeler was a significant factor in the early women’s movement of the 20th century?  In an article on the National Women’s History Museum website, several facts about the power of the bicycle are listed:

 Fact:  Bicycles took the nation by storm in the 1890s. Automobiles had barely begun, people were largely dependent on horses for transportation.  Horses and carriages were expensive and women had to depend on men to hitch them up….bicycles burst on to the scene, providing unprecedented mobility and forced departure from popular fashion of the day, including corsets, bustles and long voluminous skirts!

Fact:  The first wave of the women’s movement was well underway by the peak of the American Bike craze in the 1890s.  The bicycle in many ways came to embody the spirit of the change and progress in the women’s rights movement and came to symbolize the quintessential “New Woman” of the late 19th century…..she was almost always depicted on a bike!

Fact:  Suffragist leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, then 80 years old, said in an 1895 article for the American Wheelman, “the bicycle will inspire women with more courage, self-respect, self-reliance…”

Fact:  Stanton’s friend and fellow suffragist leader, Susan B. Anthony, also remained young at heart, and she echoed Stanton’s sentiments.  At 76, Anthony opined, “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling.  I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.  It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.  I stand and rejoice every time I seen a woman ride by on a wheel….the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

The efforts of Anthony, Stanton, and the other amazing suffragists brought women the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified on August 18, 1920.  So the next time you vote, stand and rejoice in recognition of the early bikers.  Long may we ride!!

Written by Patricia Schuler, with much help from the National Women’s History Museum Website.


Spotlight on WIL Member

Featured member, Scharrell Jackson, Orange County Business and Community Leader



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Scharrell is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Squar Milner, one of the nation's 100 largest accounting firms. She serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Girls Inc. of Orange County. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Human Options. As CFO of Squar Milner, she established a philanthropic team to partner with organizations such as Girls Inc., Human Options, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Most recently she has launched “Leadership in Heels,” an organization that seeks to help women develop their greatest potential as community and business leaders, as well as in their personal lives, through a series of inspiring speakers. Her passions are mentoring women to obtain upward mobility and confidence and reaching and inspiring under-privileged youth.   We are proud that Scharrell has been a Sustaining member of WIL for many years.


2016 Endorsed Candidates


Loretta Sanchez
US Senate 
http://www.loretta.org/ 

Kerri Condley
42nd Congressional District
http://www.kerricondleyforcongress.com/

Sharon Quirk-Silva 
65th Assembly District
http://www.sharonquirksilva.com/

Farrah Khan 
Irvine City Council
http://www.democracy.com/ElectFarrah

Letticia Clark  
Tustin City Council
http://www.letitiaclark.com/


Lorraine Prinsky, Ph.D.
Governing Board Member, Coast Community College District Area 3
http://www.lorraineprinksy.com

Rebecca "Beckie"Gomez
Orange County School Board, Trustee Area 1

http://beckiegomez.com/


How We Endorse Candidates:

Our mission is to endorse and support women candidates who believe in ensuring access to reproductive education and healthcare for all women.
We receive requests for WIL endorsements from candidates throughout California but reserve our endorsements and resources for those for whom some (or all) of our members can vote or in exceptional cases for an office in an adjacent county.  We may endorse  candidates running for statewide office (for example, US Senate or State Controller) because our members can vote in these elections.

Once a candidate clicks on Endorsement/Guidelines on the WIL website (www.womeninleadership.com), she will see our full endorsement policy.  We invite you to read these guidelines to better understand this process.  What follows is a summary of our endorsement criteria and process:

1.  A candidate must be pro-choice (support the right of a woman to make her own medical decisions, including the right to choose and have an abortion)
2.  She must be a viable candidate (have a campaign organization with a solid volunteer base and/or staff)

A candidate must request access to the WIL questionnaire and then submit the completed form.  If responses to the questionnaire are consistent with WIL policy, the WIL Board of Directors will interview and vote on whether to endorse the candidate.

WIL is non-partisan position and may endorse more than one candidate for a single office or remain neutral and not endorse any candidate.  Endorsed candidates are required to become members of WIL if they are not already members.

We will withdraw endorsement if the candidate demonstrates views which are inconsistent with WIL’s mission or if the candidate demonstrates unethical behavior which is inconsistent with the ethical standards of WIL.  Our endorsements are good for only one election cycle.

Please let the WIL Board of Directors know if you have any questions about this process.


2015 WIL Board Members

Current Board Members

Louise Adler                 
Karen Clark 
Amber Davidson
Pam Gilmour
Karol Gottfredson
Isabel Irvine
Jill Kanzler
LaDonna Kienitz
Barbara Mozan
Tricia Nichols
Liz Parker
Jone Pearce
Lorraine Prinksky,Ph.D
Patricia Schuler, CLU, ChFC
Melinda Seely
Susan Seely


 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS—A LOT!

The only way WIL has money to donate to candidates who support reproductive rights is through membership dues.  There are quite a few WIL supporters who have yet to pay dues for 2015.  This spring WIL has already donated $6,500 to candidates for Congress, Assembly and a community college board.  In the 2013-14 election cycle WIL donated to 23 candidates.  If every member brings their dues “current” for 2015 we can help every deserving candidate who applies for support.  Please go to our web site and renew your membership if you have not already paid for 2015 http://womeninleadership.nationbuilder.com/membership.  If you are not sure of the current status of your membership our Treasurer, Louise Adler, will check it for you dr.louise.adler@gmail.com.


 

THE WIL REPORTER

Fall 2015 Edition

MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:

Women in Leadership provides a quarterly report to WIL members and friends containing important news concerning women’s and reproductive issues as well as news about WIL and its members.  If you come across news you think appropriate for our newsletter, please forward it to Isabel Irvine at isabelsirvine@gmail.com.  We hope you will find The WIL Reporter interesting and educational.

INDEX:

News:

A WIN FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

REAL REPUBLICANS CHAMPION CHOICE IN THE SENATE

THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS

 

Recap on Recent Events:

Lunch with Loretta Sanchez

Lunch with Michele Goodwin

UCI Program: Women & Mass Incarceration: The US Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars

2016 Endorsed Candidates

Spotlight on WIL Member, Judy Rosener

2015 WIL Board Members


Upcoming Events:

SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 25, 2016

The next WIL lunch will be on January 25, featuring Dr. Natalie M. Fousekis, an expert on women in politics, as well as the Director of the Center for Oral and Public History and Associate Professor in the Department of History California State University, Fullerton.  She will provide us with the fascinating insights from her research on women in politics in the U.S., California and Orange County.
 



A WIN FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD


An Alaskan state court struck down an Alaska law that tried to define what is meant by a “medically necessary” abortion, a law that would have severely limited Medicaid funding for abortions in the state.  The judge in this case, brought by Planned Parenthood, found that the restrictions imposed by the law were a violation of the state’s equal protection rights under its constitution For full article click here


REAL REPUBLICANS CHAMPION CHOICE IN THE SENATE

THANK YOU, PRO-CHOICE REPUBLICANS

 
We often don’t hear about them, but there are some heroic pro-choice Republicans bucking their party’s increasingly strident opposition to women's reproductive rights. The bill failed. She deserves to have her entire speech quoted:

Under this bill, Mr. President, a doctor who performed such an abortion after 20 weeks to prevent grievous physical injury to the pregnant woman would be subject to criminal penalties of up to five years in prison.   Do we really want to make a criminal out of a physician who is trying to prevent a woman with preeclampsia from suffering damage to her kidneys or liver or having a stroke or seizures? 

Do we want the threat of prison for a doctor who knows that his pregnant patient needs chemotherapy or radiation treatments?

If a woman has the terrible misfortune to have a serious infection of the amniotic fluid that threatens her physical health and her ability to have children in the future, do we want her doctor to be unable to perform an abortion because he faces the prospect of years in prison if he terminates her pregnancy?” 
Click here for full NY Times article.


THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS


U.S. Supreme Court stays law in Texas that would result in the closure of almost all Texas abortion clinics

This article lays out the devastation to women’s reproductive rights taking place in Texas.  If Texas can get this outrageous assault on women’s rights past the Supreme Court, other states will follow Texas’ lead.

For full NY Times article, read here.

 


Lunch with Loretta Sanchez on October 19th

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Loretta hit one out of the ballpark (it IS baseball season) with her remarks to a large number of enthusiastic Women In Leadership members and guests.  She began her talk with some details about her early life and education, stressing the fact that she is an extremely successful product of immigrant parents with equally, or nearly so, successful brothers and sisters.  She strongly believes the American dream is not dead - if one wants it badly enough to work hard for it, its still possible.

She talked about her experience on the Hill with emphasis on the committees on which she has served.  Her 19 years in the Congress have led her to be the most senior female member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Armed Services Committee.  As a result, she is privy to much national security information and she is a trusted representative to a number of committees and government entities.  Ms. Sanchez founded and chairs the Congressional Caucus on Women in the Military, just another way she is a champion of women and women’s issues both military and civilian.
Loretta needs our support, both financial and through personal campaiging to help her in her run for Senate to fill the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer.  She explained how the new election system in California will help her in her quest to become the first Southern California Senator.  The two candidates with the most votes in the June primary will face off in November.  At this point it appears those two will be Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris.  Loretta will be helped by two factors in Southern California - there are more voters here and the Latino vote will be energized by her candidacy.

 Questions from the audience were answered fully and with humor.  She had a rapt audience.

 If you would like to help elect Loretta Sanchez to the US Senate, go to her website, donate, volunteer - let her know you learned about her through WIL!

http://loretta.org/


Lunch with Michele Goodwin on August 10th on "The Accelerating Erosion of Women's Reproductive Rights."


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Professor Michele Goodwin is Chancellor's Professor of Law at UCI, with appointments also in the UCI Departments of Public Health and Gender and Sexuality Studies.  She is a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of reproductive justice and human trafficking.  She spoke about how various states are pursuing women, especially poor women, to prevent them from obtaining abortions by using criminal law to incarcerate, punish and humiliate them.  It was hard to comprehend or accept that some of the treatments of women she described is actually happening in this country.

 


UCI Program on September 22nd: "Women & Mass Incarceration: The US Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars"

Women in Leadership was a co-sponsor of this enlightening program held at the UCI Irvine School of Law by the UCI Center of Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, a University Center founded and directed by UCI Law Professor Michele Goodwin, the speaker at WIL's August lunch. Speakers from universities and organizations across the US participated in three separate panel presentations:  Mass Incarceration and the Drug War’s Bad Science; Racial Disparities and Mass Incarceration; and Women’s Conditions Behind Bars:  Health, Abuse, and Death.  


2016 Endorsed Candidates


Loretta Sanchez
US Senate 
http://www.loretta.org/ 

Kerri Condley
42nd Congressional District
http://www.kerricondleyforcongress.com/

Sharon Quirk-Silva 
65th Assembly District
http://www.sharonquirksilva.com/

Farrah Khan 
Irvine City Council
http://www.democracy.com/ElectFarrah

Lorraine Prinsky, Ph.D.
Governing Board Member, Coast Community College District Area 3
http://www.lorraineprinksy.com


Women In Leadership's PAC provides financial support for campaigns of women candidates who request and receive WIL's endorsement through our online process.  We neither seek out candidates nor endorse those who have not submitted their requests to WIL directly. 


Spotlight on WIL Member

Our Accomplished Member, Judy Rosener

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Judy is a long-time member of WIL, and one of our greatest cheerleaders, as well as a favorite WIL speaker – a true warrior for women’s rights.  Rarely does Judy arrive at a WIL event without one or more friends in tow who almost always join.  One of our former Board members, when asked why she joined WIL, answered that Judy had told her she had to.

Judy has had a remarkable life.  After graduating in 1951 from UCLA, she settled into a life as wife and mother of three, although even then she was busy serving as a member on the California Coastal Commission.  When the UCI opened, she went back to school part-time, then taught courses in the UCI Extension, then in the UCI Graduate School of Management.  Told that if she wanted to be a "real" professor, she needed a Ph.D, she did just that, receiving a doctorate at the age of 50 from the Claremont Graduate University.  She became a full-time professor at the UCI Graduate School of Management, now the Paul Merage School of Business, where she taught for over 30 years.  She is now Professor Emeritus.

Judy’s research focused on workplace gender issues. She is an expert in this field and a sought-after speaker.  Her breakthrough career accomplishment, the work that catapulted her to world prominence, was her Harvard Business Review article in 1990, "Ways Women Lead."  In 1997, she authored the book America's Competitive Secret, Women Managers. She was a frequent commentator on the PBS television program, Life and Times and a regular columnist for the LA Times.  She has given a well-received TED talk entitled “If You're Not on the Edge, You're Taking Up Too Much Space.”  Look it up.

Judy has been married to her adorable husband, Joe, for over 64 years.


2015 WIL Board Members

Current Board Members

Louise Adler                 
Karen Clark 
Amber Davidson
Pam Gilmour
Karol Gottfredson
Isabel Irvine
Jill Kanzler
LaDonna Kienitz
Barbara Mozan
Liz Parker
Jone Pearce
Lorraine Prinksky,Ph.D
Patricia Schuler, CLU, ChFC
Melinda Seely
Susan Seely


 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS—A LOT!

The only way WIL has money to donate to candidates who support reproductive rights is through membership dues.  There are quite a few WIL supporters who have yet to pay dues for 2015.  This spring WIL has already donated $6,500 to candidates for Congress, Assembly and a community college board.  In the 2013-14 election cycle WIL donated to 23 candidates.  If every member brings their dues “current” for 2015 we can help every deserving candidate who applies for support.  Please go to our web site and renew your membership if you have not already paid for 2015 http://womeninleadership.nationbuilder.com/membership.  If you are not sure of the current status of your membership our Treasurer, Louise Adler, will check it for you dr.louise.adler@gmail.com.


THE WIL REPORTER

Summer 2015 Edition

MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:

With this Summer 2015 Edition, Women in Leadership is launching a quarterly report to WIL members and friends containing important news concerning women’s and reproductive issues as well as news about WIL and its members.  If you come across news you think appropriate for our newsletter, please forward it to Isabel Irvine at isabelsirvine@gmail.com.  We hope you will find The WIL Reporter interesting and educational.


In This Issue:

Birth Control is a basic right

50th Anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut


Colorado Wins Against Teen Pregnancies

Colorado's Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Texas Abortion Clinics At Risk of Closing

U.S. Supreme Court stays law in Texas that would result in the closure of almost all Texas abortion clinics

State of Women’s Representation

We Need to Do More Than Fix the Pipeline to Get Parity for Women In Office 

Spotlight on WIL Member

The incredible Frieda Caplan

2015 WIL Board Members

Current Board Members

Upcoming Events

August 10th with Michele Goodwin


 

Birth Control is a basic right

This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court case that made the prohibition of contraceptives unconstitutional!

In Griswold v. Connecticut, decided in 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution protected an individual’s right to privacy, a basis that remains controversial since the Constitution never mentions this right.  The Court overturned a Connecticut law that made the use of birth control illegal.  Before this case was decided, even when contraceptives were not forbidden, the information available regarding them was limited, and the poor and uneducated suffered the most.  The arguments supporting Griswold were used by the Court in reaching the more famous decision in Roe v Wade in 1973.  Estelle Griswold, plaintiff in the case, was the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut. 

You can read the actual case at https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/381/479/

 



Colorado's Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Over the past six years, Colorado teenagers and unmarried women under 25 without a high school degree have been offered free long-acting birth control, thanks to private funding. The results were stunning. The birthrate for teenagers fell by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, and the rate of abortions fell by 42 percent.  There was a similar decline among the group of unmarried women.  The catch?  The state legislature has decline to provide funds to continue the program and private funding is running out.  The lesson for us?  Groups like WIL are vital.  If more pro-choice women legislators were elected in Colorado, funding for this successful program would be a sure thing.


For full NY Times Article click
here


Texas Abortion Clinics At Risk of Closing

U.S. Supreme Court stays law in Texas that would result in the closure of almost all Texas abortion clinics

Many states are trying a legal subterfuge to attack the right of their citizens to obtain abortions.  New laws are being enacted that proponents insist are designed to protect women’s health and safety, but are actually intended to reduce or eliminate the right to abortions.  One provision of these laws requires that abortion clinics meet the state standards applicable to full-service ambulatory surgery center, a costly requirement most clinics cannot afford, and a requirement medical experts believe unnecessary.  A second provision is the requirement that any doctor performing an abortion at a clinic have admitting privileges at a local hospital, a requirement that is usually impossible because local hospitals simply refuse to grant these privileges to doctors who perform abortions.  The Rick Perry-supported law in Texas uses both of these ruses and was on the verge of resulting in the closure of half of the remaining 20 state clinics where abortions are performed.  The Supreme Court stayed the enforcement of this law on a 5-4 vote at the end of June, without comment.  If the Court decides to hear the case, the stay will remain until the case is decided.  If the Court decides not to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and the law enforced.  Stay tuned.  This fight will continue.

Click here for full NY Times article.

 


State of Women’s Representation

WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN FIX THE PIPELINE TO GET PARITY FOR WOMEN IN OFFICE

Cynthia Terrell from Representation 2020 published a startling article in The Nation pointing out that “nearly a century after gaining national suffrage rights…women represent less than a quarter of state legislators, a fifth of members of congress, and an eight of governors.”  She argues that “representation of women typically stalls or regresses once it surpasses about a third of seats in a state.”  She states that the only way this will change is if political parties and lawmakers take steps to achieve parity. 

 
Terrell calls for “intentional action” to attract and retain women candidates such as:

  • Legislative practices to make it easier for women with young children
  • Changes in constitution such as allocating one Senate seat in each state for a women
  • Having political parties set targets to recruit and train women candidates
  • Requiring that 50% of political party funding support go to women candidates

 

This article is based on a work done by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research which argues that

“today, women constitute a powerful force in the electorate and inform policymaking at all levels of government. Yet, women continue to be underrepresented in governments across the nation and face barriers that often make it difficult for them to exercise political power and assume leadership positions in the public sphere.” (The Status of Women in the States 2015, http://statusofwomendata.org/)  Their web site has interactive maps showing the status of women on a range of issues. 


Spotlight on WIL Member

The incredible Frieda Caplan

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Frieda is our very own Queen – The Queen of Kiwis and Habaneros.   “Fear no Fruit,” a documentary that debuted at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year, tells Frieda’s amazing story and has received high praise.  Do you like kiwi, pine nuts, spaghetti squash, habanero chiles, jicama?  Frieda was the woman who made them familiar to U.S. consumers, along with many other fruits and vegetables.  She founded Frieda’s Inc. over 50 years ago, first wholesale produce company in the United States to be founded, owned, and operated by a woman.  Frieda’s distributes over 600 exotic fruits and vegetables throughout the country.  The business is now owned and run by her daughters and even a granddaughter has joined the company’s ranks, so it now includes three generations of Caplan women.  Frieda still helps out, even at the age of 90+.  Frieda is a strong supporter of women’s reproductive rights.  We are proud of our WIL member and friend.


2015 WIL Board Members

Current Board Members

Louise Adler                 
Karen Clark 
Amber Davidson
Pam Gilmour
Karol Gottfredson
Isabel Irvine
Jill Kanzler
LaDonna Kienitz
Barbara Mozan
Liz Parker
Jone Pearce
Lorraine Prinksky,Ph.D
Patricia Schuler, CLU, ChFC
Melinda Seely
Susan Seely


Upcoming Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS Lunch on August 10th with Michele Goodwin, distinguished Chancellor's Professor of Law at UCI and nationally-recognized expert on women's reproductive rights.  


Monday, August 10th
11:30-1:30

UCI University Club, 801 Peltason, Irvine 
To RSVP on-line, click here. 


 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS—A LOT!

 

The only way WIL has money to donate to candidates who support reproductive rights is through membership dues.  There are quite a few WIL supporters who have yet to pay dues for 2015.  This spring WIL has already donated $6,500 to candidates for Congress, Assembly and a community college board.  In the 2013-14 election cycle WIL donated to 23 candidates.  If every member brings their dues “current” for 2015 we can help every deserving candidate who applies for support.  Please go to our web site and renew your membership if you have not already paid for 2015 http://womeninleadership.nationbuilder.com/membership.  If you are not sure of the current status of your membership our Treasurer, Louise Adler, will check it for you dr.louise.adler@gmail.com.

 

 



 

 

News in 2014

 

WIL WOMEN WON!! WIL members and Board Members supported these successful candidates: 

Betty Yee – California State Controller
Loretta Sanchez – 46th Congressional District
Linda Sanchez – 38th Congressional District
Katrina Foley – Costa Mesa City Council
Barbara Delgeize – Huntington Beach City Council
Toni Iseman – Laguna Beach City Council
Michelle Martinez – Santa Ana City Council
Valerie Amezcua - Santa Ana Unified School Board
Bonnie Castrey - Huntington Beach Union HS School Board

And to all the gutsy gals WIL supported who ran hard but didn’t make it this time – Thank You!


 News Election Day 2014:

WIL WOMEN WON!! WIL members and Board Members supported these successful candidates: 

Betty Yee – California State Controller
Loretta Sanchez – 46th Congressional District
Linda Sanchez – 38th Congressional District
Katrina Foley – Costa Mesa City Council
Barbara Delgeize – Huntington Beach City Council
Toni Iseman – Laguna Beach City Council
Michelle Martinez – Santa Ana City Council
Valerie Amezcua - Santa Ana Unified School Board
Bonnie Castrey - Huntington Beach Union HS School Board

And to all the gutsy gals WIL supported who ran hard but didn’t make it this time – Thank You!


 

 

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Jean Ardell, Allyson Sonenshine and Lynne Riddle at Sandra Fluke lunch

 

News in 2013

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A letter from WIL to the Orange County Register, May 9, 2013

Dear Neighbors,

Did you know the Board of Directors of Hoag Hospital have decided to reduce its support of women’s health care? In a secret back door deal with St. Joseph’s, Hoag claimed it was a financial decision to change their policy, not the influence of a Catholic hospital. The Hoag Board of Directors decided to interfere with your relationship with your doctor….CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LETTER SENT TO THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.

 

 

WIL endorsed candidates Sharon-Quirk Silva and Loretta Sanchez at a WIL lunch.

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Pat Schuler presents WIL’s endorsement check to Nelita
Mendoza-Yanez, along with Lorraine Prinsky and Sharon Quirk-Silva.

 

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Loretta Sanchez with WIL members and friends at September lunch.

 

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Chancellor Drake stopped by WIL’s September lunch
and chatted with endorsed candidates Beth Krom
and Sharon Quirk-Silva

 

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Speaker Eileen Padberg with WIL Board
Member Pat Schuler in March, 2012

 

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Karol Gottfredson with UCI Law Prof. Catherine Fisk, Speaker Laura Chick and Karen Clark

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WIL Members Elmire Budak, Cigdem Karadayi and
Marsha Baker enjoy hearing Laura Chick speak.
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Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens spoke to WIL in March, 2011 and
made us incredibly proud that she is our Sheriff.
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WIL Chair Karen Clark with Rep. Loretta Sanchez at WIL's Rally on the Roof in the fall of 2010
 

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Beth Krom, recipient of the 2011 Spirit of WIL Award

 

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U. S. Treasurer Rosie Rios spoke to a WIL lunch in April, 2011 and we learned about her amazing life and what it's like to be one of the very few women in the Treasury Department

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The WIL lunch at Zov’s Bistro where
Zov told her the wonderful story of her
very successful career as a chef and restaurateur

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