NFWL Newsletter- May 2016

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Scholarship Opportunities for Young Girls! 

NFWL is proud to announce the application period for the 19th Annual NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay image014Scholarship Contest is officially open! Every year this NFWL/NRA partnership brings six female high school juniors or seniors to our Annual Conference and awards each with a $3,000 college scholarship.

This year, the essay prompts ask thought provoking questions about the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. In addition to writing an essay, applicants must fill out the application form, and obtain two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an elected woman in their state.

All applications are due by Friday, July 8th at 5pm EST. 

Please help us share this incredible opportunity by downloading and sharing the application packet with local schools, media outlets, and young girls in your area!

Share the Application Now

NFWL Member Spotlight

Above and Beyond

boardofdirectors-serenadimasoWhen NFWL Board Member, Serena DiMaso isn’t serving the people of Monmouth County, New Jersey, as their dedicated Freeholder Deputy Director, she’s saving their lives as a volunteer with emergency services.

We interviewed Freeholder DiMaso this month as part of our new NFWL Interview Series to hear more about her volunteer work, and her thoughts on how elected officials can go above and beyond the call of duty to volunteer in their communities.

                                                Read the full NFWL Feature

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Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl Pic

NFWL Member, Delaware Representative Ruth Briggs King sent in her story in an NFWL video submission. In her video, she gives young girls a piece of advice that she also gives her granddaughter.

Fight like a girl,” Rep. King says, “And that means go full throttle all the time. Whatever you do, give it your all. Good luck!


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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?

NFWL Human Trafficking Summit

Did You Know?
 100,000 children are bought, sold, and rented in the United States each year, according to Shared Hope International.

Child Sex Trafficking Graphic


Join Co-Chairs Sen. Judy Emmons (MI) and Rep. Kimberly Dudik (MT) for an eye-opening summit on child sex trafficking in America.

Date: Thursday, June 16th  – Friday, June 17th 

Location: Renaissance Arlington Capital View – 2800 South Potomac, Arlington, VA, 22202

Are you a currently elected woman interested in attending? Space is limited so please fill out this brief interest form.

View the Agenda Here

Upcoming NFWL Events – Sign Up Now! 


Policy with Pew Conference Call

Discuss State Fiscal Health with Pew Experts

May 16, 2016 at 2pm EST

Please RSVP  for call-in information.


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Human Trafficking Summit

Renaissance Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202

June 16, 2016

Co-Chairs: Michigan Senator Judy Emmons and Montana Representative Kimberly Dudik

Interested in attending? Click below to fill out an interest form!

Interest Form

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NFWL 2016 Annual Conference

Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel
5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

November 16-20, 2016

Travel and Lodging Scholarships are available for elected women on a first come, first served basis.

Register Now

A Beautiful Day in Wisconsin

A Look Back at the WI Spring Symposium

Almost 60 elected women gathered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for the 2nd Annual NFWL Spring Symposium last month for a day of leadership training, thanks to the efforts of NFWL Board member, WI Representative Kathy Bernier.

This symposium was a great way to network and share ideas among elected women from across the Midwest,” said MN Senator Carrie Ruud, who attended the event as a representative of the NFWL Board of Directors.

Take a look at some of the pictures from this fabulous event below!

WISymposium Collage

Top Left: NFWL Symposium attendees make the headlines with an interview from the local news station! Top Right: NFWL Board Members MN Sen. Carrie Ruud, NJ Freeholder Serena DiMaso, DE Rep. Helene Keeley, and WI Rep. Kathy Bernier discussing the benefits and resources NFWL has to offer. Bottom Left: Some symposium silliness at the photo booth. Bottom Right: Around the table, Symposium attendees share ideas on leadership and policymaking.

Policy with Pew

How the Role of Women in Family Economic Security Has Changed

On April 15, lawmakers from North Dakota and Pennsylvania, along with the National Foundation for Women Legislators, held a conference call about women’s economic mobility.

Experts from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ financial security and mobility project presented findings from their 2015 analysis “Women’s Work: The Economic Mobility of Women Across a Generation,” which examined how changes in women’s participation in the workforce have affected families’ financial stability and the economic prospects of future generations.

In light of these findings, the state legislators on the call asked about the future of women’s wages. Pew staff pointed to the study’s conclusion: “By all estimates, women’s wages will continue to grow in importance for their families, and this fact makes greater wage parity all the more critical for financial security and mobility.”

Read the Feature for the Complete Findings

Sarah Sattelmeyer is an officer with the financial security and mobility project at The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Interested in participating in our next Policy with Pew call? 

Join us Monday, May 16th at 2pm Eastern Time for a discussion with Pew Experts on State Fiscal Health. This 30 minute conference call will discuss innovative new research and will include time for Q&A. Please RSVP to Allison at to receive the call in information.

A Little Rock & a Lot of Ladies

The NFWL Arkansas Dome Tour 

NFWL Chair, Representative Helene Keeley traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, this past week where she was welcomed by NFWL AR State Director, Senator Linda Collins-Smith and the First Lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson.

I’m so excited to be reaching out to my sisters in Arkansas!” Rep. Keeley said.

Check out some of the photos from this event!


The First Lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson, with Rep. Keeley and Sen. Collins-Smith after she shared a few words of wisdom with attendees.


NFWL Chair Rep. Helene Keeley was introduced and presented with a gift on the Senate floor by Sen. Linda Collins-Smith


Rep. Keeley had the pleasure of meeting all of the women of the AR House of Representatives.





NFWL Reception attendees posed for a group picture with the evening sponsor, Walmart representative Michael Lindsey.
















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