2016 Ms. Wheelchair Washington

2016 Ms. Wheelchair Washington
Nicole Martini

County's Powerful Women's Leadership

Summit 2010


Saturday, March 6
10:00 am to noon

Commencement Bay Coffee Co.
2354 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma 253-274-1173

Join the discussion: 1) How will we concretely BE THE PIPELINE to identify and encourage our naturally powerful women (we all have power) to run for office? 2) What steps will we take this year to cultivate the next generation(s) of young women's power to prepare them to represent our half of the population?

It is 2010! Women in WA have had the right to vote for 100 years but we still don't have equal representation in elected offices, equal pay, and equal opportunities! I believe too many "women's issues" are still unresolved because we don't have enough women in offices to represent us and vote for (or against) legislation that would fully treat us as equal class residents and participants in our own democracy.

The 2010 elections will be held for precinct committee officers, all state representatives, many state senators, a US Senator, all three US Representatives, three county councilors, and one conservation district office. Will you be running for one of these offices? Do you, like me, know of a few dynamite women who could aptly represent her legislative district with one hand tied behind her back and both eyes blindfolded but no one has invited her to consider running for office?

Last year we talked about barriers to running and strengths we have that the "boys" don't have. Last year you inspired me by running or talking about running. I was disappointed to learn that of the appx. 200 offices up for election in Pierce County, 104 candidates had NO opponent. Ladies, if we don't plan to win, we plan to fail.

Help build our pipeline of women ready to run and lead!

Bring your mother, your daughter, your elected official(s). We have work to do!

Pierce County's Powerful Women's Leadership is a self-directed group started in 2009 to identify and encourage Pierce County women to run for elected offices to represent our half of the population.
Deb Blakeslee 3505 So. Orchard St., #A3 Tacoma, WA 98466, 253-460-3506, deb_blakeslee@yahoo.com

Miracles happen when people's inner convictions are SPARKED!!