Mona Shadia Event at Antonello's

January 15, 2018.

Mona Shadia and Ava Forster 

WIL welcomed Mona Shadia as our luncheon guest on January 15.  Mona is an award-winning Egyptian American journalist and writer.  She worked as a professional journalist for nearly a decade for several newspapers, including the San Bernardino Sun, LA Times Community News and the OC Register.

Mona wrote an award winner column about life as a Middle Eastern and as a Muslim women in America where she addressed issues from religion and women’s rights to gender relations and cultures.  She talked about how it was growing up as a Muslim in Southern California. 

Mona talked about the political and cultural differences with her parents who are quite conservative.  She is not a Trump supporter but her parents are conservative Republicans. Mona moved to the United States when she was 15 years old.  

Mona continues to write a column for The Blog at the Huffington Post and at, an online lifestyle magazine based in Cairo, Egypt. She is also an adjunct community college political science instructor

Save the Date:

Friday, April 13th:  We are pleased to announce that our next lunch speaker is Dr. Jennefer Russo, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, and fearless fighter for women's reproductive rights.  The lunch will be held at Antonello's Restaurant in Santa Ana. Invitation coming soon. 

Delaine Eastin Lunch Event at Antonello's

February 16, 2018

Thank you to Delaine Eastin for being our guest speaker. Delaine is a longtime WIL friend, former CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and currently the only woman running to become our next California Governor. Delaine spoke to a room packed with WIL fans on the importance of budgets being statements of our values. The lunch crowd loved her talk and engaged  with her in a spirited discussion on the current state of California.  

Delaine Eastin 
Frieda Caplan, Delaine Eastin, and Eileen Padberg

Women Win Big in Texas Primaries

March 7, 2018

Did you see the exciting news out of Texas last week? There were a record number of women running for office in Texas, and there were a record number of women who won their primary! Close to 50 women were on the ballot for a seat in Congress and more than half won their primary outright or advanced to a run off. 

Read full article here.

Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban

March 8, 2018

On International Women's Day, the Mississippi legislature passed a law that would prevent women from having abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Obtaining an abortion in the state of Mississippi is already challenging with only one remaining clinic in the state, and now women must face these further limiting restrictions. Governor Phil Bryant has said he would sign the bill into law. 

Read full article here.

Spotlight on New Member Sarah Nowels 


Welcome Sarah Nowels, our newest member of WIL. Sarah graduated from Chapman Law as a JD/MBA and is currently a partner at Amezcua-Moll & Associates.  Her practice consists primarily of employment civil rights litigation on behalf of employees. Sarah was named one of Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars in 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Sarah is also very active in the legal community. A small sample of her involvement includes serving as the 2017 Chair of the OC Bar Association's Legislative Resolutions Committee,  currently serving as the Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association Board of Directors , and serving on the 2018 Orange County Trial Lawyers Board of Directors.

2018 Endorsed Candidates

February 2, 2018

WIL is proud to support the following candidates:


Sharon Quirk-Silva 
65th Assembly District 
Cottie Petrie-Norris
74th Assembly District
Marggie Castellano
36th Senate District
Mary Navarro
OC Board of Education, District 5

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.

Visit our website for complete Endorsement Guidelines at

OC Women's March - January 20th 2018

Thank you to all those who came out to participate in the OC Women's March on January 20th in Santa Ana. Now that the march is over, we must keep the momentum going for women's rights.

Sue Michelson, Karen Clark, Linda Oeth
Sue Michelson, Karen Clark, Linda Oeth
Karol Gottfredson and Eileen Padberg
Karol Gottfredson and Eileen Padberg
Lynne Riddle and Lorraine Prinsky
Lynne Riddle and Lorraine Prinsky
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Lorraine Prinsky & Greg Louganis 

It's time for us to march again!  Join WIL this Saturday, January 20th for the 2nd Annual Women's March!

WIL participants will be meeting at 8:30 am in front of the Santa Ana Police Department (Boyd Way). The start of the march is at Flower and Civic Center. Look for WIL signs! 

Address for Santa Ana Police Department is 60 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701. 


For information on the Orange County march, go to:

For information on the Los Angeles march, go to: 



Please keep in mind we are a 100% volunteer run organization,  pre-paid reservations are essential to the success of our lunch events.

Beginning in 2018, we've made some changes to our lunch policies:

  • Sustaining Members lunch cost will be $20 instead of the Regular Member price of $30.
  • If you attend without prior payment, whether or not you have made a reservation, the cost at the door will be an additional $10.00
  • If you make your reservation past the event invite RSVP deadline, there will be an additional $10.00 cost. 
  • In order to raise more money for our endorsed candidates, we are no longer able to offer a free lunch for new members who pay their first time membership at our lunch events. 
  • We are unable to guarantee space for you if you have not reserved and paid in advance.


It's time for us to march again!  Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Women's March on January 20, 2018!  

For information on the Orange County march, go to:

For information on the Los Angeles march, go to: 



Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting women’s access to drug-induced abortions, according to attorneys for the state and for the groups challenging the law.

Read full article here. 



Republican Majoriaty for Choice Applauds Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner



Contact: Kellie Ferguson

WASHINGTON, DC (September 29, 2017) – The leaders of the Republican Majority for Choice applaud Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner for his move to restore funding for abortion services for low income women.
Rauner, a pro-choice Republican, spent considerable time and attention on this decision.  After months working to find common ground with both sides of the abortion debate, he ultimately concluded that a woman must have the right to decide what goes on in her own body.
In speaking with low-income women and families across the state who are struggling to make ends meet, Governor Rauner saw that they did not have access to their constitutionally protected right to abortion because they could not afford it.
“We understand that the right to choose has become the most contentious issue within the Republican Party,” said Candy Straight, RMC National Co-Chair.  “However, like Governor Rauner recognized, when you talk to low income women, you can’t ignore the daily struggle they face to simply put food on the table for their existing families. We collectively need to do better for those less fortunate here in our own country.  Governor Rauner put families first and politics second with this decision.”
Funding for birth control, preventive care, family planning and even sex education have been on the budgetary chopping block in Congress and in many states across the nation.
“More Republican leaders need to realize that moves to cut basic social services are creating a scenario where access to prevention is more difficult for lower income families,” said Susan Bevan, RMC National Co-Chair. “It’s easy for well-paid, anti-choice, political strategists to cast stones and decry that this move to help low income women is akin to “declaring war on the pro-family movement. However, in doing so they demonstrate that the “pro-family” movement is more pro-fetus than pro-life or pro-family. They fail to understand the struggles and difficult decisions of existing American families.  We cannot as a people, or as a Government, care only about expanding families; we have to give a fighting chance to those children already born.”

Republican Majority for Choice

FALL 2017 Edition

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  We hope you will find The WIL Reporter interesting and educational.









Please join

Governor Jerry Brown

For a reception supporting the re-election of





Sharon Quirk-Silva

Tuesday October 17, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


132 W. Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton

$4,400 Host  (2 VIP reception tickets and 10 reception tickets)

$2,500 Sponsor  (1 VIP reception ticket and 5 reception tickets)

$1,000 Co-Host  (1 VIP Reception ticket and 1 reception ticket)

100 Dollar Individual Ticket 

For tickets click HERE

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Nicole Ward (213) 605-5471 or

Please make checks payable to:

Sharon Quirk-Silva for Assembly 2018


Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.   The California Political Reform Act limits contributions to candidates for State Assembly.  An individual, union, political action committee, association, committee, partnership, business or corporation may contribute a maximum of $4400 to Sharon Quirk-Silva for Assembly 2018 per election.  A Small Contributor Committee may contribute a maximum of $8800 per election.  Lobbyists registered to lobby the California State Legislature may not contribute.  

Paid for by Sharon Quirk-Silva for Assembly 2018, FPPC ID# 1392962 

For more information please contact Nicole Ward (213) 605-5471 or


For those who heard Michele Goodwin speak and wish to contribute to her Reproductive Justice Initiative:


To make a contribution to Michele Goodwin’s Reproductive Justice Initiative project, send your check to:

Gift Administration
100 Theory, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92617

Provide your name, address and email and any different name you may wish to have acknowledged as donor.

State on the check (or cover letter if sent) that the contribution is to go to: “Reproductive Justice Fund #3799 (Goodwin, M.)” 

Dutch initiative to support the women's clinics recently defunded by the US President

As many of you may know the US President recently blocked funding to overseas women’s health clinics if they even mention abortion options (already no US tax money can be provided for abortion counseling or services). Women and girls have a fundamental right to decide freely and for themselves whether, when and how many children they have. She Decides is a new global initiative on sexual health and family planning, that aims to support this fundamental right. She Decides is seeking financial and political support to ensure full access to sexual health and family planning worldwide.

A recent New York Times interview with the founder can be found here

To donate visit their web page:

Poll: Voters favor Roe, oppose cutting Planned Parenthood funds

01/27/17 12:47 PM EST

A large majority of voters support the 44-year-old Supreme Court decision that established women’s abortion rights — and oppose efforts to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood — according to a new poll released Friday.

Article from POLITICO and can be found here

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