NFWL Newsletter- March 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


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!

Host Your Own “Movie Night with Alice Paul”

Inspire others with our “Share Your Story Video Project”

Get Your Copy of “Grace for President” and Host a Reading


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.”

Read the full NFWL Feature

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Equal Pay in NJ

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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.

Watch the full interview here

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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 to schedule an interview today

What’s Happening?

A New Year, A New Website

Website ScreenshotNFWL is proud to launch our new and improved website! This interactive platform brings you the very best resources, programming, and opportunities  in the easiest way possible.

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.

Check out the site now


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The Early Bird Gets the Worm- Register Now!

SAVE THE DATE 2016That’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.

Register Now

Upcoming Events



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

Register Now

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Arkansas Dome Tour
April TBD

Location- TBD
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

Register Now


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.

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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


Partner Posts
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. RAIlogoFINALpaths
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: || 336-741-1409

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