Stand for Women NOW Rally!


Come out to support PWC NOW’s Stand for Women NOW Rally! This Rally is designed to promote voter registration and to stress the importance of supporting the advancement of women in politics and leadership roles within our communities. This is the last opportunity for all to register to vote and be heard in the upcoming elections.

Get involved in the community portion of the day, where you can purchase food and meet businesses and organizations from all over the Commonwealth beginning at 2pm. There is no entry fee or tickets required to visit the vendors. VOTER REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THIS EVENT! If you have not registered to vote, this will be one of the last days to register! To register you must be a US citizen, be a resident of Virginia, be 18 years old by the next general election, had voting rights restored (if convicted of a felony or declared mentally incapacitated).

The Rally event will take place at 4pm

-There will be guest speakers and entertainment.
-Entry fee is $10 per person for stadium seating.
-Children 12 years and younger are free!
-Handicap seating and accessibility available.

-You must have a copy of your ticket presented at the gate to enter the stadium area.

To purchase your tickets, please go to our Evenbrite site: Please bring a copy of your purchase confirmation/ticket. We will not have the ability to look up your information at the door. PWC NOW is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.

For more info. contact Hala Ayala at 703-402-1970 or email her at: Like PCW NOW on Facebook at:

We Stand With Planned Parenthood!

#StandWithPP: Rally in Support of Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday July 28, Planned Parenthood will be facing organized protests from anti-choice activists in at least 60 cities. Here in Washington, D.C., the National Organization for Women is coordinating a counter-protest to show that we #StandWithPP.  The recent attacks on Planned Parenthood are deceptive, dangerous, and disgusting.  We know the truth: Planned Parenthood saves lives.

Come out to show your support! We are proud to #StandWithPP!

LOCATION: U.S. Capitol

(East side – meet at the corner of Independence Ave SE and First St NE)

DATE: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 TIME:  11:00am – 1:00pm

Please RSVP to Elise Coletta at so we have an estimate of how much signage to bring.

We’re Not Finished With the Women’s Liberation Movement

Yes!  We’re making civil liberties victories left and right!

However, without the Equal Rights Amendment, these same civil rights will reappear in new bills in future legislative sessions, requiring another round of battles.

The ERA would place women into the constitution giving them full equality and citizenship.  Once ratified, there will be no necessity for all these individual civil rights battles.


The ERA is for every citizen.  Whether you’re a tea-party woman or a feminist man, the ERA will benefit you. 


Males Also Benefit From An ERA Ratification
by Virginia NOW’s President, Diana Egozcue


 ERA Factsheet

ERA Logo by Paradise Kendra

Let’s Ratify!

Virginia NOW
Communications VP/Webmistress


7 Suffragist Men and the Importance of Allies

♀ Paradise Kendra ♀:

Thank you to the strong, feminist men! #MaleAllies #WomensSuffrage

Originally posted on Turning Point Suffragist Memorial:

By Lauriane Lebrun

Male allies were vital to the success of the women’s suffrage movement.  As members of a privileged group, men had the advantage of being influential and respected in most areas, especially at the polls and in government.  While some used this against the suffragists, others reasoned that giving women the vote was the right thing to do.  Many 1helped support the movement by writing, speaking, and voting in favor of suffrage, signing petitions, and funding projects.

Today, campaigns like UN Women’s HeForShe encourage men to continue participating in the fight for gender equity.  According to the HeForShe strategy overview, “[T]he achievement of gender equality has two pre-requisites.  The first is cultural and social change – or, men’s and boys’ acceptance of the importance and benefit of a gender-equal society, which is more likely to occur when ‘[men] can see positive benefits for themselves and the people in their…

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Virginia NOW’s Elections — This August!

Elections are near and we’re very excited! The official date is still tentative, but please mark your calendars for August, bookmarking the Virginia NOW’s Statewide Bi-annual Elections!   

Don’t forget to also check out our available staff positions! We have local and statewide openings, as well as executive and appointed openings! We welcome you to be a part of the team!

Note for Elections: You must be a member to run for all Virginia NOW positions and also a member to vote, so be sure to have your NOW Membership ID on hand. Options will be provided to vote online and via telephone to up-to-date Virginia NOW members.

If you don’t know your Membership ID and can’t locate your ID card, you can phone National NOW at 202-628-8669, extension x 112 for assistance. 

See you at the elections! 

Happy Independence Day!

Paradise Kendra

Communications VP/Webmistress

Virginia NOW (*)(*)(*)


Good Evening Members and Friends of PWC NOW,
We are happy to share that will be having our Executive Board Meeting as well as the Planning Meeting for two of our major activities this year, The Stand for Women NOW Rally and the Fourth of July parade.  These are two very important planning sessions for our organization and you are invited to attend!
We are so very excited to share with you details of our progress for these two events, such as we will be making grassroots video’s during our meetings, during our rally, and the parade!  We have made strides and will start our very first PWC NOW Internet Talk Show (coming soon, details will be shared)!
So much to share, it’s hard to share everything during our general meeting and plan all the logistics!   These two events (Rally & 4th of July Parade) require additional support and attention, and that is the reason why we had to have planning meetings.
If you would like to attend our planning meeting this Friday, June 19th @8pm in person, we will be at the IHOP 12901 Galveston Ct, Manassas, VA 20112.  If you are unable to attend in person, we do have a conference dial in number: Dial (712) 775-7031  when asked for the pin number, dial: 969-450-039
If you cannot make the planning meeting, our general meeting is Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 12pm.  We will have our Dads and Daughters event that will be filmed!  I will send out the agenda for that event in a separate email this week.
Have a great week!
Hala Ayala
PWC NOW President
Phone:  703-402-1970

Fellow Advocates!

We have just days left to help Julie Jakopic win the June 9th  Democratic primary for an open seat in the Virginia General Assembly.  In the heavily Democratic 45th district (which includes parts of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax), the primary is crucial, and we cannot miss this opportunity to help elect a strong feminist.

Julie is not only the most qualified candidate, she’s the only woman in the race. She is also the only candidate who has consistently championed the issues we care about–and she’s done so for 25 years. Moreover, she’s the only candidate who focused attention on women’s issues throughout the campaign.

That’s why Julie not only has our endorsement, but the endorsements of Emily’s List and the Feminist Majority. And, most recently, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille endorsed Julie as “a proven leader who stands firm for our values and who brings people together to get things done.”

In a state made infamous by its anti-women legislation, including the transvaginal ultrasound bill and regulations shutting down women’s clinics, we need Julie Jakopic to speak out for us.

With five candidates in the race and an anticipated low turnout, it is critical that we all vote and get everyone we know in Julie’s district to get out and vote for her on June 9.

Click here to check if you live in Julie’s district, and if you do, vote for her Tuesday, June 9.

Please also contact friends and family who live in the district and ask them to vote for Julie on June 9.

And join us from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 7 at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington for a GOTV rally and concert with Julie’s friend and Bono double Pavel Sfera! Click here for details.

Julie’s committed to US – in her own words:

“I am the only woman running for this office, and I am endorsed by the incumbent (Rob Krupicka)….I have sunk my heart and soul into equality issues for a quarter century in a variety of ways, in a variety of life experiences, and in a variety of positions. I know firsthand how it feels to bear the brunt of being female in our culture, and I have worked hard to confront and overcome these issues for myself and other women. If elected, I will be in a stronger position to help women. My presence in the Legislature will increase the visibility of women in leadership and the percentage of women in the General Assembly. Also, my presence there will put women in a stronger place to seek higher office in the State and the nation. Last but not least, my candidacy will give women a chance to vote for one of their own who will represent them strongly and wisely.”

For Women!


Marj Signer, Pat Reuss, Norma Gattsek
Virginia NOW

TPSMA welcomes members of the new Honorary Board of Directors

♀ Paradise Kendra ♀:

Congratulations to the TPSMA!

Originally posted on Turning Point Suffragist Memorial:

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association welcomed members of the new Honorary Board of Directors during a dinner celebration on May 21, 2015 in Occoquan, Virginia, near the site of the planned memorial. The members of the Honorary Board will help TPSMA raise awareness about the memorial and support its construction. 11350429_963519896999570_9211497138259426714_n

Thank you to everyone who attended the celebration, and than you especially to those serving on the Honorary Board:  Brigadier General Clara Leach Adams-Ender, US Army, Ret.; former First Lady of Virginia, Susan Allen; former First Lady of Virginia, Jeannie Baliles; Professor Emeritus, Dr. Sidney R. Bland; Kristina Bouweiri, President/CEO, Reston Limousine; Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast, Eleanor Clift; Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., Founder, Woman Suffrage Media Project; reporter Rebecca Cooper of ABC 7 News – WJLA News, Washington; Emmy-winning journalist and public speaker, Jan Fox; Gloria Feldt

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“The Hunting Ground” free screening

Come out for a free screening of an amazing movie that exposes rape crimes on college campuses in the United States.

Contributions will be donated to the Domestic Violence Action Center in Fairfax in memory of Grace Mann.


Jose Padua: Thank You for the Stars and All the Things That Slowly Drift Away in the Distance

Originally posted on Vox Populi:

When I gave the panhandler some spare change
he looked at me and said Thank You then he
looked at the person next to me and said
Thank You again. I was alone, at the time,
and this was thirty years ago, but ever since
that moment I’ve been waiting for the day
when I can see that other person beside me—
the person the panhandler said Thank You
to right after he thanked me. I know there
will be days ahead when I’ve taken a break
from knowing things. When things stop
coming to me and instead begin slipping away
like the sound of voices sliding through a city’s
blank spaces, or long goodbyes that never
seem to finish and never bring an end to things.
I think by then it will be good to see that person
no one else sees now. Because I’m sure that person

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