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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Virginia NOW’s Elections — Coming Up Soon!

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!

You Could Be Our Newly Elected

President, Vice President, VP of Communications, VP of Legislation, VP of Membership

Or Appointed Our New

Lobbying Director, PAC President, PAC Treasurer, ERA Coordinator, Programs Coordinator, Party Representative

Bolded positions emphasize our most desired positions.

Position descriptions here.

To submit yourself for candidacy, click here.

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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