Woman crashes glass ceiling in New Mexico Legislature

New Mexico Democratic Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup, third from right, presides as the first chairwoman in the 60-year history of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. (Morgan Lee/ Associated Press) SANTA FE – For the first time, a woman took the leadership seat June 6, on the influential joint finance committee that drafts New […]

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Diane Allen unveils legislation to achieve pay equity

TRENTON — After months of negotiations, state Sen. Diane Allen believes she may have finally brokered a compromise between Democratic leaders and Gov. Chris Christie to toughen New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law to ensure women receive equal pay. Allen, R-7th of Edgewater Park, introduced a new pay-equity bill Thursday, describing it as an “effective and reasonable […]

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Two female state legislators navigate landscape for women in Utah politics

Utah Reps. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, and Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, are finding their way over the hurdles of being two of just 20 women in the state’s 104-person legislature. Women usually hesitate to dip their toes in right from the beginning of a potential career in politics, Chavez-Houck said. Research by the […]

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Councilwomen encourage teen girls at STEM event

Ambitious teen girls looking to enter the STEM field gathered Tuesday evening for a movie night and coding party where both city council women encouraged them to pursue their dreams. Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean shared insight on entering the workforce and navigating careers before the attendees practiced coding and watched Academy Award nominated movie […]

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Ruud encourages scholarship applications

Sen. Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point is encouraging young women of Minnesota to apply for a scholarship and an opportunity to meet elected women from across the country. The National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring the 20th Annual NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest for college-bound female high […]

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Mother’s Day 2017- Representative Kim Dudik

To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, NFWL asked members to share their stories of their mothers and motherhood. Here is Montana State Representative Kim Dudik’s story: When I was growing up, my parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be.  And I believed them.  My mother was a strong role model for me.  She […]

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Mother’s Day 2017- Senator Carrie Ruud

To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, NFWL asked members to share their stories of their mothers and motherhood. Here is Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud’ story: My Mother was an amazing woman. She came from a small town and grew up during the Great Depression with a large family and little resources.  Often the stories she told were of […]

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Mother’s Day 2017- Governor Mary Fallin

To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, NFWL asked members to share their stories of their mothers and motherhood. Here is Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s story: Mother’s Day is a very special time for me, as my mother was one of the most wonderful influences on my life. She taught me to always work hard, to do my […]

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Mother’s Day 2017- Representative Tarah Toohil

To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, NFWL asked members to share their stories of their mothers and motherhood. Here is Pennsylvania State Representative Tarah Toohil’s story: I became a mother through adopting through foster care.  A little known fact is that roughly 60% of the children who enter the Child Welfare system are later adopted. So, the odds are […]

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Mother’s Day 2017- Representative Colleen Garry

To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, NFWL asked members to share their stories of their mothers and motherhood. Here is Massachusetts State Representative Colleen Garry’s story: We, as a people, are not born strong. It is the people around us that sculpt us into the version we are as adults. For me, it was the brave, […]

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