Don’t Miss Out! Celebrate Women’s History Month
There’s still time to sign up for one of our Women’s History Month programs! They’re easy to organize and great for engaging communities!
Women in the News
For Brighter Burning Candles
NFWL Wisconsin State Director, Representative Melissa Sargent was recently featured in an article from National Public Radio (NPR) about her bill to cut the “Tampon Tax”. Melissa shared her story with NFWL as part of our new interview series.
She told us how her young boys, “belly-aching” about volunteer work, led to her decision to run for office, and what Women’s History Month means to her.
“When we bring our candles together and we support each other,” said Sargent, “they actually burn brighter.”
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Equal Pay in NJ
NFWL Immediate Past Chair, Senator Diane Allen, spoke to Comcast Newsmakers about the new Equal Pay legislation she sponsored in New Jersey, and her experience with pay discrimination.
“It seems like if someone is discriminating against you, they need to pay up. Very simple,” said Allen.
Senator Allen’s bill would allow for back pay in discrimination cases, not only for 2 years as the Lilly Ledbetter act requires on the federal level, but for the entire period of discrimination.
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As an organization dedicated to our members, NFWL highlights our women in each and every newsletter through our new interview series. Contact Meghan at [email protected] to schedule an interview today
A New Year, A New Website
From front page updates on what we’re doing, and what we’re offering, to our new and improved Grab ‘n Go Programming Center, our new website is here to offer members better programs on an easy to navigate platform.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm- Register Now!
That’s right! Early Bird Registration for the 2016 NFWL Annual Conference is now open. Register before July 1, and save $50, AND watch for a special treat from NFWL!
Join us and over 100 elected women in Orlando, Florida from November 16-20 for our best conference yet! Don’t forget, elected women are eligible to apply for Travel & Lodging Scholarships.
Wisconsin Spring Symposium
April 22- 23, 2016
Clarion Hotel and Convention Center
2703 Craig Road
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
Hosts: WI Representative Kathy Bernier, State Director Representative Melissa Sargent, NFWL Board Members, and Special Guest WI Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
Sponsored by: Wal-Mart and Xcel Energy
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Arkansas Dome Tour
Little Rock, Arkansas
Host: NFWL State Director Representative Linda Collins-Smith
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NFWL Annual Conference
November 16-20, 2016
Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel
5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
Elected women are eligible to receive Travel and Lodging Scholarships
A Day in Our Nation’s Capital
NFWL DC Dome Tour- February 26, 2016
NFWL hosted elected women from D.C. and Maryland for a luncheon this past month at the Hamilton restaurant in Washington, D.C.
NFWL Exec. Dir. Jody Thomas, Councilwomen Karen Toles, Anita Bonds, Yvette Alexander, Sen. Diane Allen, Councilwomen Elissa Silverman, Brianne Nadeau, LaRuby May (left to right)
NFWL Board members NJ Senator Diane Allen and Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton hosted elected women from the D.C. Metro area for a luncheon at the Hamilton restaurant, where NFWL DC State Director, Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, encouraged her fellow area councilwomen to become active in NFWL programs and events.
Interested in hosting an NFWL Dome Tour in your state?
Contact Allison Jensen at [email protected]
E-Cigarette Flavors: A Balanced Approach
Adult smokers are switching to e-cigs (or, “vapor products”) in part because of the variety of flavors available in these potentially less harmful products.
And with many vapor-related bills emerging in 2016, this controversial topic is of growing importance.
One issue driving vapor legislation is the range of flavors of vapor products available, many with ill-judged names (“Bubble Gum,” etc.).
However, many adult vapers enjoy flavors,reporting that having non-tobacco options are part of the appeal of switching from traditional cigarettes. In a recent study, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist who has been researching e-cigs since 2011, stated, “…flavors are an important part of e-cigarettes’ success and pleasure perceived by vapers.”
While no tobacco product is without risk, vapor presents a less harmful alternative when compared to smoking. Therefore, a balanced legislative approach is needed. Your constituents use these products and your vote is their voice – there are many sides to this story, and it is important to understand the details.
As a manufacturer of these adult-oriented products, we would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions or offer more information. Please feel free to contact us directly:
Richard Smith: [email protected] || 336-741-1409