Advocacy and GFWC
According to the GFWC Standing Rules, “Member clubs shall be responsible for carrying out the intent of the resolutions.” Clubs and clubwomen are the local advocates for GFWC’s legislative agenda. It is through the national network of grassroots advocates that the Federation gains its political influence.
When advocating on behalf of the Federation, it is critical to remember:
When speaking on behalf of the Federation, members may not oppose the GFWC resolutions.
GFWC is a nonpartisan, nondenominational organization. Clubwomen are allowed to advocate for policies or legislation, but NOT allowed by law to endorse candidates or engage in partisan politics. GFWC members must separate personal political activities from official club or state federation work.
Minority opinions may be expressed as follows: A member organization (club or state federation) holding a minority opinion and wishing to support its stand further may do so provided it states that its action represents the minority vote of GFWC.
The Power of You: A GFWC Advocacy Training Series
GFWC is proud to offer a remote webinar series, The Power of You: A GFWC Advocacy Training Series. As part of GFWC’s Strategic Plan Public Awareness efforts to raise visibility through program connections, maximize general advocacy efforts, and train the Board of Directors and general membership in civic engagement strategies with government officials, the 2022-2024 Legislation and Public Policy Committee will offer the advocacy series dedicated to creating an arena for promoting advocacy in communities large or small.
The webinar series is scheduled for each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. ET beginning January 19, 2023. Each episode will be 45 minutes to one hour in length with Q & A as time allows. Register for the entire series or the episodes of your choice.
Jan. 19: Power Up: Elements of Advocating is presented by Juliet Casper, Chairman
Topics to include: Basics of advocacy and connections to GFWC Resolutions, supporting issues, and advocating at the local level activities.
Jan. 26: Power Up: Legislative Action Center (LAC) is for Me is presented by Darrell Jones, GFWC Programs Manager; and moderated by Juliet Casper, Chairman
Topics to include: Using the LAC to advocate for GFWC and Affiliate Organizations and utilizing the LAC for individual state advocacy.
Feb. 2: Power Up: Legislation and Leadership is presented by Deb Bryant, GFWC Legislative Consultant; Juliet Casper, Chairman; and Committee members
Topics to include: Highlighting GFWC legislative successes in 2020-2022 and the 2022-2024 GFWC legislative priorities and alerts.
Feb. 9, 16, and 23: Power Up: Partners toward Progress (Part 1), (Part 2), and (Part 3) are presented by GFWC Affiliate Organizations and moderated by Darrel Jones, GFWC Programs Manager
Topics to Include: Putting GFWC Resources to work for Affiliate Organizations and the Affiliate Organizations share advocacy efforts on behalf of their organizations.
Legislative Action Center
Take Action: Use Our Legislative Alerts
Sign up for the Legislative Action Center, a powerful tool to alert you to GFWC’s public issues and advocacy efforts. Track bills, contact your local representative and take action on issues germane to GFWC Resolutions.
Advocacy in Action
In accordance with the resolutions adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, GFWC often joins other national organizations to urge congressional or federal agency action on a particular matter. These letters, in addition to individual clubwomen contacting their members of Congress directly through the Legislative Action Center, result in a national network of grassroots advocates working together to improve the lives of club members, their communities, our nation, and the global community.
To promote the interests of the Federation and its members, GFWC may provide additional information including bill summaries, congressional conference reports, and research findings germane to GFWC advocacy efforts. We also encourage clubwomen to engage in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their professional staff. These meetings may be on Capitol Hill or in-district. To assist you in your legislative visits, GFWC provides talking points and leave- behinds for our core issues as well as for other timely matters.
This is GFWC advocacy in action!
Tips for meeting with Legislators
GFWC 2022-2024 Legislative Priorities
Letters, Summaries, and Reports
Violence Against Women
GFWC works with multiple organizations and advocacy coalitions to urge Congress to pass legislation that protects victims of domestic violence and to significantly increase funding for federal programs that address domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, and reject cuts to these critical programs. View important information concerning violence against women below.
GFWC supports financial stability for victims escaping domestic violence.
SAFER DV Letter
GFWC Supports NTF’s VAWA Appropriation Request.
VAWA FY 2023 Appropriations Letter
GFWC signs NTF letter in support of VAWA Reauthorization. Read the letter below.
VAWA National Sign-on Letter
GFWC International President, Marian Simmons-St.Clair urges the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the Violence Against Women Act of 2022.
GFWC Letter to Senate Judiciary
The enormity of the youth mental health crisis needs to be addressed as the very real harms of social media are impacting our children today. Taken together, the Kids Online Safety Act and the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act would prevent online platforms from exploiting young users’ developmental vulnerabilities and targeting them in unfair and harmful ways.
Kids Online Safety Act
GFWC continues its efforts to ensure that no form of gender discrimination is allowed to stand. Gender equity is not only a fundamental right, but is necessary for the economic stability of our nation and for a peaceful, thriving, and sustainable democracy.
The National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality emphasizes that every one of us is equal in dignity and deserves to be treated equally. Read the full strategy below.
National Strategy on Gender Equity (2021)
GFWC joined the ERA Coalition, leaders across the country, and nearly 200 other organizations in asking the Biden-Harris Administration to make the Equal Rights Amendment a priority. GFWC and Twelve State Federations urged Biden administration to make ERA ratification a priority within the first 100 days.
100 Days Letter (2021)
Joint Resolution to Remove ERA Ratification Deadline.
ERA Removal – Jackie Spier (2021)
Legislation/Public Policy Quarterly Newsletter
Stay up to date on important issues that impact GFWC’s advocacy efforts with the Legislation/Public Policy Quarterly Newsletter. These newsletters cover a range of topics, setting a goal of keeping our clubs and members educated and active on current issues impacting our nation.
Issue No. 1: Elections
Issue No. 2: Award Entries and Human Trafficking Month
Issue No. 1: Election Statistics and Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights
Issue No. 2: Equal Rights Amendment
Issue No. 3: Appropriations Process
Issue No. 4: Refugees
Issue No. 5: Redistricting
Issue No. 6: Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention