2015 Silent Sentinel Award Dinner — September 17, 2015

The Honorable Margaret Milner Richardson received the 2015 Silent Sentinel Award on  September 17, 2015, at the The Woodlands at Algonkian in Sterling, Virginia. The annual Silent Sentinel Award honors a person who has been instrumental in advocating for women’s rights in the United States. It highlights and honors outstanding individuals who share common traits with those who stood […]


Virginia NOW Staff Openings

Dear Supporter,

We’ve got some exciting new openings and we want YOU to join NOW!!
If any of the positions below sound like something you would be interested in, please contact us! Our Communications VP, Paradise Kendra, will be more than happy to contact you to answer any inquiries you have about a particular opening. We look forward to hearing from you!

ERA Coordinator: Blogger, coalition contact, legislation watchdog and social media maven for the Equal Rights Amendment. Keep our members up-to-date on developments in VA and nationally on ratification. Work with and coordinate with ERA groups in other states, and with the VA Women’s Equality Coalition when necessary. It’s one issue, but its own project. In you become one of the “ambassadors” of Virginia NOW so you must both play nicely and punch hard, and know when each is required. Appointed by the President, Diana Egozcue, and works with Paradise Kendra, the Communications Vice President.

Fundraising Chair: Creatively raises funds for Virginia NOW’s 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 through a variety of strategies. Chair will be responsible for marketing and promoting Virginia NOW’s vibrant, feminist message and also for acquiring its donations and memberships. Online and offline donation/membership letters, flyers, brochures, etc. are the fundraising chair’s responsibility. Take advantage of a nearby festival that allows vendors and promote Virginia NOW with its own table! Setup Amazon.com‘s non-profit donation option! Think outside the box to get us the biggest bang for our buck. Just keep it legit! ;) Appointed by the President, Diana Egozcue, and works with the Marketing Director and Paradise Kendra, the Communications Vice President.

Marketing Director: Conceive, plan, supply and staff events ranging from non-traditional fundraisers to recharging socials for our members to assistance with the state council meeting and conference. Banners, buttons, t-shirts, brochures, flyers, logos/graphics, membership and donation letters, etc. are to be kept track of and also delivered throughout the various chapters as needed. Appointed by the President, Diana Egozcue and works with the Fundraising Chair and Paradise, the Communications Vice President.

Party Representative: Assist in finding locations geared for highest attendance. Setup the food/catering/decor/invite preparations for events. Assist Communications VP with the promotion both online and offline using social media resources as needed. Assists the President, Treasurer, Communications VP and chapter presidents with coordinating and promoting statewide and local events. If within the budget, hotels, etc. Assist in the fundraising and donor appreciation. Appointed by the President, Diana Egozcue.

Outreach Director: Assists the Membership VP and Communications VP with recruiting new people to our organization! Must have an interest in connecting with as many communities as possible, be able to manage our membership database, social media networks, etc.
Appointed by the President, Diana Egozcue.

PAC President: Co-chairwoman can be either the Virginia NOW President, the Legislative VP, or both of you. Executive Position appointed by the President, Diana Egozcue.

Historian: This position is for a lover of archiving who has a background in photography and video editing. Historian is going to be documenting, converting, transferring, preserving, and archiving the history of women in Virginia as they deserve to be! Our Historian will also be responsible for making sure Virginia NOW’s history and media files are safe and secure. We need all the hands possible to help us archive the feminist foremothers of Virginia! We’d appreciate the help of all you talented artists out there! Appointed by the Communications VP, Paradise Kendra.

These openings are appointed positions and are for the moment, unpaid.
Please submit your resume to communicationsvp@vanow.org. Thank you!

For details visit: http://www.vanow.org/join/initiatives-for-participation#sthash.9b0nVIfp.dpuf

Thank you!
Katie Regan
Web Editor
Virginia NOW

Congrats to our Endorsed Candidates on your Victories!!


Mamie E. Lock (D) 2nd District
Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth Cities; York County

Donald McEachin (D) 9th District
Henrico, Hanover, Charles City Counties; Richmond City

Deborah Repp (D)12th District
Henrico and Hanover Counties

Jill McCabe (D)13th District
Loudoun and Prince William Counties

Roslyn Dance (D)16th District
Chesterfield, Prince George, Dinwiddie Counties; Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell cities

Louise Lucas (D)18th District
Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Emporia, Franklin cities; Southampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, Greensville, Surry, Brunswick Counties

Kim Adkins (D) 20th District
Henry, Halifax, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Carroll, Franklin Counties; Danville, Martinsville, Galax cities

April Moore (D) 26th District
Shenandoah, Rockingham, Warren, Page, Rappahannock counties: Harrisonburg City

Jeremy McPike (D) 29th District
Prince William County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City

Adam Ebbin (D) 30th District
Alexandria City, Fairfax and Arlington Counties
Barbara Favola (D)31st District
Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun Counties

Janet Howell- Dem- Senate 32nd District
Fairfax and Arlington Counties

Jennifer Wexton (D) 33rd District
Loudoun and Fairfax Counties

Scott Surovell (D) 36th District
Prince William, Fairfax, Stafford Counties

George Barker (D) 39th District
Fairfax and Prince William Counties; Alexandria city


Sam Rasoul (D) 11th District
Roanoke City

Laurie Buchwald (D) 12th District
Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski Counties; Radford City

Don Shaw (D)13th Delegate District
Prince William County, Manassas Park City

Susan Hippen (D) 21st District
Virginia Beach City, Chesapeake City

Ellen Arthur (D) 24th District
Rockbridge, Amherst, August, Bath Counties; Lexington City

Angela Lynn (D) 25th Delegate District
Abermarle, Augusta, Rockingham Counties

Kandy Hilliard (D) 28th District
Stafford County, Fredericksburg City

Sara Townsend (D) 31st Delegate District
Southern Fauquier and Prince William Counties

Elizabeth Miller (D) 32nd District
Loudoun County

Kathleen Murphy (D) 34th Delegate District
McLean Virginia, including Loudoun and Fairfax Counties

Kaye Kory (D) 38th District
Fairfax County

Vivian Watts (D) 39th District
Fairfax County

Eileen Filler-Corn (D) 41st District
Fairfax County

Mark Sickles (D) 43rd District
Fairfax County

Charniele Herring (D) 46th District
Alexandria City

Patrick Hope (D) 47th District
Arlington County

Alfonso Lopez (D) 49th District
Arlington and Fairfax Counties

Toni Radler (D) 56th District
Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylvania Counties

David Toscano (D) 56th District
Charlottesville City, Albemarle County

Lashrecse Aird (D) 63rd District
Petersburg and Hopewell Cities; Dinwiddie,
Chesterfield, Prince George Counties

Betsy Carr (D) 69th District
Richmond City, Chesterfield County

Delores McQuinn (D) 70th District
Henrico and Chesterfield Cities, Richmond City

Jennifer McClellan (D) 71st District
Richmond City, Henrico County

Roslyn Tyler (D) 75th District
Brunswick, Southampton, Greensville, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Lunenberg,
Isle of Wight, Surry counties; Emporia and Franklin Cities –

Lionel Spruill (D) 77th District
Chesapeake and Suffolk Cities

Jennifer Boysko (D) 86th Delegate District
Fairfax and Loudoun Counties

Daun Hester (D) 89th District
Norfolk City

Jeion Ward (D) 92nd District
Hampton City

Shelly Simonds (D) 94th District
Newport News City

Fall NOW Board Meeting!


Fall 2015 NOW Board Meeting

Join us by webinar on Nov 7 & 8

This is a reminder that the Fall 2015 NOW Board Meeting will be held on Nov. 7 & 8, 2015. The meeting will be held via webinar, starting each day at 12:00PM ET, with an hour break each two hours, until 8:00PM ET    

As with all other Board Meetings, NOW leaders and members are encouraged to attend. Please disseminate this notice widely to your state organizations and local chapters.

To register for the meeting, click the button above, or visit:


Our Endorsements, 2015


Once every four years, the entire General Assembly is elected. This is the year and the election is Tuesday, November 3.  All 100 delegates and all 40 state senators will be elected.  While many current delegates and senators are unopposed because of our gerrymandered districts, we still have opportunities to elect excellent newcomers and retain outstanding incumbents.

 We know we can count on the following candidates to stand up for women and the many attacks against her civil liberties during legislative sessions.

What can you do to get them elected?  Pick a candidate – from your district (click here to find your district and current legislators) or another district – and get involved.  Go to the candidate’s office and meet him/her, speak to voters on behalf of the candidate, make phone calls, work in the candidate’s office, contribute whatever you can (directly to candidates or to the VA NOW Political Action Committee), talk to your friends and neighbors.  That’s how we win.


Some races will be decided by a few votes.  You must be registered to vote (and if you’ve moved since the last election, you have to renew your registration). The last day to register for this election is October 13. Learn more at: elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register


Note:  Virginia NOW endorses incumbents with whom we have worked; we base endorsements on their legislative record on Virginia NOW’s issues.  We endorse candidates who are not incumbents based on their positions with these issues:

  • Reproductive freedom, choice, and justice
  • Health care, health insurance, & retirement insurance
    •  Protect Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Affordable Healthcare (a.k.a. Obamacare)
    •  The right for equal coverage for the same cost
    •  Protect medical privacy in a digital age
  • The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
  • End violence against women – in the home, on the street, on campus, EVERYWHERE!
    •  Enforcement of anti-human trafficking laws
    •  Test ALL rape kits
  • Employee rights and workplace fairness
    •  Paid sick days, family leave, etc.
  • Update and improve the child support system and collection
  • Ensure the continued right of voting be available for all registered citizens on election day
  • Implement non-partisan redistricting
  • A budget supportive of under-served population – women, children, persons with mental illness, lower-income persons and families and others
    •  Increase minimum wage
  • Decriminalize/legalize sex work in Virginia
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Protect the environment
  • End NSA, government, internet, and corporate surveillance!


VA NOW – Endorsed Candidates for House of Delegates
* = incumbent
Joshua King, 2nd District – Prince William and Stafford counties
Sam Rasoul*, 11th District – Roanoke City
Laurie Buchwald, 12th District – Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski Counties; Radford
Don Shaw, 13th District – Prince William County, Manassas Park City
Susan Hippen, 21st District – Virginia Beach City, Chesapeake City
Ellen Arthur, 24th District – Rockbridge, Amherst, August, Bath counties; Lexington City
Angela Lynn, 25th District – Augusta, Albemarle, Rockingham counties
Kandy Hilliard, 28th District – Stafford County, Fredericksburg City
Sara Townsend, 31st District – Fauquier and Prince William counties
Elizabeth Miller, 32nd District – Loudoun County
Kathleen Murphy*, 34th District – Loudoun and Fairfax counties
Kaye Kory*, 38th District – Fairfax County
Vivian Watts*, 39th District – Fairfax County
Eileen Filler-Corn*, 41st District – Fairfax County
Joana Garcia, 42nd district – Fairfax County
Mark Sickles*, 43rd District – Fairfax County
Charniele Herring*, 46th District – Alexandria City
Patrick Hope*, 47th District – Arlington County
Alfonso Lopez*, 49th District – Arlington and Fairfax counties
Toni Radler, 55th District – Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylvania counties
David Toscano*, 57th District – Charlottesville City, Albemarle County
Lashrecse Aird, 63rd District – Petersburg and Hopewell cities; Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Prince George counties
Betsy Carr*, 69th District – Richmond City, Chesterfield County
Delores McQuinn*, 70th District – Henrico and Chesterfield cities, Richmond City
Jennifer McClellan*, 71st District – Richmond City, Henrico County
Roslyn Tyler*, 75th District – Brunswick, Southampton, Greensville, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Lunenberg, Isle of Wight, Surry counties; Emporia and Franklin cities
Lionel Spruill*, 77th District – Chesapeake and Suffolk cities
Jennifer Boysko, 86th District – Fairfax and Loudoun counties
John Bell, 87th District – Loudoun and Prince William counties
Daun Hester*, 89th District – Norfolk City
Jeion Ward*, 92nd District – Hampton City
Shelly Simonds, 94th District – Newport News City


VA NOW-Endorsed Candidates for Virginia State Senate

* = incumbent
Mamie Locke*, 2nd District – Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth cities; York County

Donald McEachin*, 9th District – Henrico, Hanover, Charles City counties; Richmond
Deborah Repp, 12th District – Henrico and Hanover counties
Jill McCabe, 13th District – Loudoun and Prince William counties
Rosalyn Dance*, 16th District – Chesterfield, Prince George, Dinwiddie counties; Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell cities
Louise Lucas*, 18th District – Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Emporia, Franklin cities; Southampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, Greensville, Surry, Brunswick counties
Kim Adkins, 20th District – Henry, Halifax, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Carroll, Franklin counties; Danville, Martinsville, Galax cities
April Moore, 26th District – Shenandoah, Rockingham, Warren, Page, Rappahannock counties; Harrisonburg City
Jeremy McPike, 29th District – Prince William County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City
Adam Ebbin*, 30th District – Alexandria City, Fairfax and Arlington counties
Barbara Favola*, 31st District – Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun counties
Janet Howell*, 32nd District – Fairfax and Arlington counties
Jennifer Wexton*, 33rd District – Loudoun and Fairfax counties
Scott Surovell, 36th District – Prince William, Fairfax, Stafford counties
George Barker*, 39th District – Fairfax and Prince William counties; Alexandria city

For equality,

Marj Signer

PWC NOW Upcoming Events!

  • CONGRATS to the new VANOW endorsed Candidates! If you interested in endorsement, please send an email to Hala Alaya HALAAYALA@comcast.net no later than August 29th! Endorsements close September 1st
  • Membership- Can now be processed on line at www.pwcnow.org!
  • PWC’s next meeting is on September 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the McCoart Building; The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will be Presenting! 

Wednesday, August 26:

  • 8am—The Herstoric March on Women’s Equality Day will start at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. following the 8 a.m. blessing of the walkers. Many will accompany Helene de Boissiere Swanson for the final four miles of this 7,000 mile spiritual pilgrimage to the U.S. Capitol to promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The four-mile route passing the White House and on to the Upper Senate Park at National Mall where top feminists and human rights activists will hold a press conference, and then rally for the ERA.  FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1564990420427752/
  •  6:30pmAugust 26th is the 95th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. With more work still do be done to achieve women’s equality, celebrate the day with Emerge Virginia FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/883204701770932/ 
  • 6:30pm—PRINCE WILLIAM, YOU ARE INVITED!!!!: Join the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association on August 26 for a FREE viewing of Iron Jawed Angels at the beautiful and historic Gunston Hall Visitor’s Center in Lorton, Virginia. FACEBOOK PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1487396401580624/
Thursday, August 27
  • Sara Townsend, the candidate for House District 31, is kicking the event off! Begins at 5pm, but feel free to drop in through out the evening. Join PWC NOW for the beginning of the Trust Women Thursday Phone Banks! Hosted By:  Hala Ayala and Mike Shafer, Meet Keisy Chavez and Brian Devine of NARAL!  FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460810474223302/
Friday, September 11: 
  • PWC NOW is proud to be partnered with GSA to supply three schools with all the supplies that they may need for the year. This includes office supplies, furniture, computers, laptops, and basic school supplies. We would like to thank  PWC NOW member Sherry Feggins, who helped this become a successful school drive for those schools in need! Those schools are: Minnieville Elementary, Dale City Elementary, and Dean Kilby Schools. On Sept. 11, volunteers are needed to help load 3 large U-HAUL trucks!  We also have three more schools we will have chosen for April (those details will be released as we get closer to April 2016!) If you are able to help volunteer to load trucks, please email Hala at halayaala@comcast.net

Saturday, September 12: 

  • PWC NOW Meeting @ 1pm, McCoart Building, Palace Creek Room- Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will be presenting.


Stand For Women NOW Rally!!


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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-for-women-now-voter-registration-and-equality-rally-food-vendors-entertainment-tickets-17799610113. 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: pwcnow@gmail.com Like PCW NOW on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pwcnow

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 planner@now.org 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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