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The Democratic Women’s Alliance will be a central hub to mobilize, engage, and train Democratic women in politics. Looking forward, we know we have tough elections ahead, and the Alliance will be crucial in helping us win. Under the leadership of DNC Chair, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Women’s Alliance will build on our strong support from women voters to accomplish strategic objectives that will ensure electoral success in 2014 and 2016, and promote women's leadership within the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Women’s Alliance will work with women in all 50 states through state parties to engage our network of grassroots supporters to make sure women nationwide are ready and equipped to actively support Democratic values and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. As we gear up for the 2014 midterm elections, the Democratic Women’s Alliance will focus on three central goals: mobilizing, engaging, and training women.

Mobilize

Women represent a strong base a support for the Democratic Party, but we must continue to expand this base by reaching out to more women through targeted, data driven initiatives. The Alliance will invest in research, polling and analysis centered on women voters and the issues they care about most.

Engage

Locating new Democratic women and bringing them into the political process is only the beginning. The Alliance will ensure that this network of supporters is armed with the information they need to successfully fight for the causes they care about.

Train

The Democratic Women’s Alliance will provide training opportunities to women in all 50 states, and provide an infrastructure for continued training at the community level through the establishment of neighborhood teams, town hall meetings and round tables. The DWA will also work to recruit more Democratic female leaders who can actively lead our state parties, become party delegates, and run for elected office.

Recent Updates
  • 3 Takeaways from the GOP’s Latest Poll of Women

    Republicans are out of touch, and now they have the data to prove it. Earlier this week, Politico released details of a survey funded in part by Karl Rove’s PAC. Here are our three key takeaways from the research (not that we expect them to change the GOP’s attitudes toward women).

    1. Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live.”

    Republicans’ research found that women “believe that ‘enforcing equal pay for equal work’ is the policy that would ‘help women the most.’” Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, adding up to over $430,000 in lost compensation on average in a lifetime. By repeatedly voting against policies to ensure that women receive equal pay, the report warns, “Republicans who openly deny the legitimacy of the issue will be seen as out of touch with women’s life experiences.”

    2. Republicans are “stuck in the past.”

    The women polled for the report described Republicans as “intolerant” and “lacking in compassion.” In an effort to change this image, the GOP wants to, in the words of the study, “pursue policy innovations that inspire women voters to give the GOP a ‘fresh look.’” Suggestions included “strengthening enforcement against gender bias in the workplace.” The only problem? We’re still waiting for Republicans to join us in supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act!

    3. The GOP isn’t changing their position; they’re changing the subject.

    When it comes to addressing the issues that matter to women the most, Republicans are quick to change the subject. The research concludes that when it comes to tough issues like reproductive health, Republican leaders should “deal honestly with any disagreement on abortion, then move to other issues.” But Republicans aren’t moving on – they’re committing time and taxpayer money to restricting access to reproductive health care. That’s time they could be spending on policies that help working families, like raising the minimum wage, expanding access to paid sick leave, and making childcare more affordable.

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  • Stand with Florida Women

    As we close out National Women’s Health Week, I’m struck by the dramatic contrast between Republicans’ and Democrats’ priorities when it comes to women’s health.

    Democrats are hard at work helping women access health care by defending the Affordable Care Act, and with it, no co-pay preventive care, guaranteed access to maternity coverage, and ending discrimination by health insurance companies based on pre-existing conditions or gender. And, of course, we believe that a woman’s health care decisions should be made between her and her doctor. Period. Not her boss. And certainly not politicians.

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  • 50 years later voting rights still threatened

    Nearly 50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in public places. Unfortunately, today's GOP retreats headlong from the battle towards greater equality. In fact, many Republican are trying to sabotage or undermine crucial protections in the Civil Rights Act.

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  • On National Equal Pay Day

    On National Equal Pay Day, we are reminded of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate women equally. Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than $430,000 in lost compensation for her, her family, and our economy. For Hispanic and African American women, the gap is shamefully even greater.

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