Right On, California!

A line of women rally for women’s suffrage and advertise a free rally discussing women’s right to vote in New York, in Sept. 1916. (AP Photo)

Did you know California’s women’s suffrage campaign inspired other states to join the movement? Nearly a decade after women won the right to vote in California, women were granted this right in all states at the federal level with the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution on August 26, 1920. If you want more information on the American women’s suffrage movement check out About US Suffrage and California’s role.

Endorsement Night September 9

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee members voted September 9, 2020 to endorse and recommend the following candidates for the Nov. 3 election:

Fairfax Town Council – Barbara Coler is endorsed and Chance Cutrano is recommended.

San Anselmo Town Council – Alexis Fineman is endorsed.

Sausalito City Council – Melissa Blaustein and Vicki Nichols are endorsed.

San Rafael Mayor – Kate Colin is endorsed.

San Rafael City Council – Rachel Kertz is endorsed.

Marin Community College Board – Stephanie O’Brien is endorsed. Paul da Silva and Stuart Tanenberg are recommended.

Marin Healthcare District Director – Anne Sparkman is endorsed and Edward Alfrey is recommended.

The organization endorses women running for elected office. However, if there is no qualified woman running for an office or there are more open seats than qualified women candidates, male candidates may be recommended.


Discussion on Racial and Social Justice


How To Run a Winning Campaign

Whether you are considering running for political office in the future or you are a candidate who would like to polish your fundraising and campaigning skills, MWPAC’s Candidates’ Training on Thursday, July 16, 5:30 p.m. is the virtual place to be! Meet other candidates and share similar questions, considerations and goals.

Laurie Earp will present a fundraising seminar covering how to campaign and raise funds during COVID-19.

Nancy Warren , a professional campaign treasurer, will explain the art of completing and filing FPPC reports on time.

Zoom Anniversary Party Sparks Dialogue

On Thursday, June 18, MWPAC helped 35 members and guests celebrate our 10th anniversary and 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. We did this via Zoom and everybody looked good!

First we toasted to these anniversaries, talked a little bit about our history and mission to help women get elected to public office, now more important than ever! From there we had three speakers — Stephanie Moulton-Peters, newly elected to the Marin Board of Supervisors, and who previously served on the Mill Valley City Council; Renee Goddard, a member of the Fairfax City Council, who included a vigorous discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement as it pertains to Marin; and Diane Gasson, on how she arrived at the decision to run for the Novato School Board. The speakers acknowledged our group helped them in their run for office. A trivia contest based on prominent women in government challenged memories and proved educational.

Finally, we opened up discussion on various topics. Marin DA Lori Frugoli noted changes she’s making in her department and new programs she’s initiating to respond to community needs. Allison Kustic, a student at Dominican University, made suggestions on how to reach younger women — a goal of our organization. Here is a list of the generous donors who sponsored this event. Thank you!

Judy Arnold
Laurel Druke
Stephanie Moulton-Peters
Lori Frugoli
Dotty LeMieux
Edward Denebein
Cynthia Koehler
Holli Thier
David Gabriel
Vicki Nichols
Bonnie Hough
Rachel Kertz
J. Bridget Gleason
Melissa Blaustein
Windi Snearly
Tamara Hull
Maika Gulati