Every year, we hold important events such as Conversation With Elected Officials, Advocacy Day, our Call to Action annual meeting, panel discussions and strategic planning meetings. Of significant note are a symposium and seminars that have provided valuable insights and powerful strategies regarding policy and how to navigate new legislation.
Monday November 6, 2017
When women thrive, entire communities thrive. On November 6, 2017 about 40 residents from Creekside Apartments and surrounding area in Bensalem came together to discuss women’s health, identify barriers, and suggest some possible solutions. The women, many immigrants and low-income, were enthusiastic participants and stated their appreciation for being asked about their experiences and opinions. The report from that evening’s discussion will be combined with reports from other community gatherings across the state as part of the Campaign for Women’s Health Community Conversation project. Priorities for statewide advocacy in the coming years will be identified from these conversations. The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition is grateful for the stories, openness, and suggestions by all the women attending that evening.
Sunday October 29, 2017
Participants joined PA United for Background Checks, Bucks Safe, BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, The Peace Center, Ceasefire PA, Moms Demand Action, Delco United and others to rally our Bucks Legislators to Pass H.B. 1400 and S.B. 209. Click here for flyer.
Tuesday October 17, 2017
You Be The Judge was held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Beth Sholom Congregation. This intriguing event was co-sponsored by BCWAC and hosted by our organization partner the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Philadelphia Section. Guests of the event did the following:
• Took a free crash course on how our federal judiciary works, and how vital it is to our way of life.
• Heard the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, share her inside views.
• Played the part of a federal judge on a panel, and discussed and decided on an important case.
• Discovered ways to ensure that lifetime appointments to the federal bench will be fair, independent, and diverse.
Tuesday October 3, 2017
This two-hour event was an important implementation step from our Caregivers Symposium. Speakers included Carey Cummings, Esq., State Campaign Director for the Women and Girl’s Foundation, and Marianne Bellesorte, Vice President, PathWays PA. Presentations were followed by the Zero Weeks film preview and recording of personal stories.
The Economics of Caregiving: Paid Family Leave Insurance kicked off this new statewide campaign and educated about what a paid family leave insurance fund is, how a bill can be written, how you can lobby for the bill, how you can help us collect stories, and how we can celebrate together months from now when it’s law!
Friday October 30, 2015
“Who Cares? The Economics of Caregiving,” a day-long symposium, was held Friday, October 30, 2015 at Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA. Attended by caregivers, employers, legislators and advocates, this symposium was hosted by the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, A Woman’s Place, The Women’s Center of Montgomery County, Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Aging and Adult Services of Montgomery County and the Bucks-Mont Collaborative. The Symposium, the first ever of its kind in Pennsylvania, brought together more than 200 people who provided insights into the economic burdens borne by caregivers, and stimulated solutions and reforms for an improved economic support system in the Commonwealth. A final report, authored by Felicity Skidmore, was issued and can be downloaded here: “Who Cares? The Economics of Caregiving.”
September 13, 2013
It was standing room only at the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition’s two seminars on the Affordable Care Act – ACA (ObamaCare) Rollout: What Every Agency and Professional Needs to Know. This powerhouse seminar was co-sponsored by BCWAC, the Bucks County Health Improvement Project, St. Mary Medical Center, and the Bucks Women Initiative of United Way of Bucks County.