Great “tutorial” on how to effect change by getting to know your members of Congress

Erin Matson

This is the first in what will be a regular series, Your Activism Guide, designed to make feminist activism more accessible and help you take the power you deserve. 

Purpose: Introduce yourself to your members of Congress.

Process: Set up meetings now to drop by local offices (even if you don’t have a specific request, even if the legislator tends to vote against your interests).

Payoff: Existing relationships can bring the most unexpected of benefits.

A few days ago, the American Association of University Women and National Women’s Law Center hosted a Tweet Chat to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which reversed a Supreme Court decision that had effectively gutted the ability to sue for wage discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Joining the conversation to answer questions was Lilly Ledbetter herself.

This is a topic that gets me all hot…

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NOW Urging Involvement in One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising – In Two Weeks The World will RISE!

As a proud partner of the One Billion Rising events on Feb. 14, NOW is urging everyone who cares about the safety and dignity of women and girls to take a stand. Hold up a sign at the “rising” on Valentine’s Day, proclaiming: “I rise for VAWA” or “I rise to demand an end to sexual and domestic violence.” Contact your congressional leaders and demand that they support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. And visit the One Billion Rising website to find an event near you and share why you’re rising.