By Lydia Winderman
Coalition Partner and Committee Member
Since I was on the planning committee for BCWAC’s First Annual Meeting, I made several calls looking for new members and volunteers. As I explained the purpose of our organization, I put emphasis on the fact that it is neither Democratic nor Republican and that it exists to help better the lives of women and children. My husband heard me and said, “Who could be against women and children?! Why are you being so careful explaining this?”
I thought about it and felt he was right. Then, I went to our event and listened to our new President Tam St. Claire’s speech, and decided he was wrong. Tam listed all our initiatives and advocacy actions and I believed that if people really cared about women and children, we would NOT have so much work to still do.
It is 2014 and we are still fighting for:
- health care for all through the Affordable Care Act
- abolition of payday lending
- early childhood education for all
- prevention of human trafficking
- cliff effect negative effects
- the right for a woman to have CHOICE
- gun safety legislation
- equal pay for women
- collaboration with Women’s Way for stronger voice
- support for PA Coalition for Nurse Practitioners
- lobbying for a responsible budget
- supporting legislation for paid family, medical, or temporary disability
- taking a pro-active position in helping young girls become successful women.
I became angry and sad that there are people who do not see the impact on the lives of the under-served when important bills and budgets do not get passed. But then I looked around the room at the large group of partners and guests who took the time to come and meet us and to listen to us. I am encouraged by what we have accomplished and I am even more dedicated to the Coalition because we have our work laid out for us. Hopefully we attracted new members and will have more participants ready to promote our mission. I am proud to be a partner!
Lydia Winderman is an individual partner and is active on BCWAC’s Communications and Partnership Committees.