What is Empowerment?

By Lauriane Lebrun Empowerment.  From “empower” (em-pou-er). “1) To give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means. 2) To enable or permit.” I have been thinking about this word a lot.  As one will find in the design plans for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, “empowerment” is set to be the memorial theme.  […]


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

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