In this month's update, read about:
- IGNITE the Capitol & Legislative Advocacy
- Candidate of the Month: Karla Garcia
- 2019-2020 IGNITE Fellowship Program
- Upcoming Young Women Run Events
- Photo Essays from YWR New York, Atlanta, North Texas, and the Bay Area
- IGNITE in the News
News from IGNITE | March 2019
Political power means using your voice to fight for the issues you care about. In the past year IGNITE women have voted, they have marched, and some have run. Now IGNITE women are fighting for the issues they believe in.
IGNITE the Capitol is our newest effort to train women in public advocacy. IGNITE college women select bills in their home states, they learn how to provide public support for those bills, and they visit with legislators and staffers in their respective state capitols to lobby for support.
As our young women take their power to state capitols nationwide, you can learn more about the issues they selected and support their efforts through our digital advocacy toolkits.
Thank you for all you do to advance the IGNITE movement and build the next generation of political leaders.
Anne Moses, IGNITE's Founder & President
IGNITE the Capitol: Washington State
Our first IGNITE the Capitol trip of the year was to Olympia, Washington where college chapter members from the University of Washington advocated for the passage of House Bill 1053, popularly known as the "tampon tax". Why support this bill? According to IGNITE Seattle Fellow Louie Tan Vital "because women's basic needs should not be economically exploited. The tampon tax is an economic burden to anyone who menstruates, while it disproportionately hurts poor women of color."
After meetings with more than 30 Washington state legislators and staffers, the bill made it out of the Finance Committee! Chapter members will track the bill's progress, collect signatures of support, conduct letter-writing campaigns, and run phone drives.
Upcoming Capitol Visits
- Denver, Colorado: IGNITE women take on Senate Bill 7 to prevent sexual harassment and assault on college and university campuses.
- Austin, Texas: Voting should be accessible to young people. IGNITE women advocate for House Bill 375 to get polling sites set up at institutions of higher education.
- Sacramento, California: Women shouldn’t be unfairly taxed for medically necessary menstrual products. IGNITE women want to see Assembly Bill 31 pass.
Candidate of the Month: Karla Garcia
“It takes a village--I'm investing right back in mine. I'm eternally grateful that IGNITE was an integral part of my pathway to civic engagement and am making an intentional effort to engage current IGNITE students in my campaign.”
- Karla Garcia, IGNITE Alumna from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Karla, a fierce advocate for underserved communities, is running for the Dallas ISD School Board, District 4 because she believes that systematic changes can improve the quality of education for all students. Learn more about Karla’s platform.
Now recruiting 2019-2020 IGNITE Fellows Nationwide
IGNITE is accepting applications for our 2019-20 fellowship. Are you ready to deepen your expertise, expand your networks, and activate other young women to step into leadership? If so, the IGNITE fellowship is for you!
IGNITE Young Women Run Events
- April 6, 2019: Young Women Run Houston, Houston, Texas
- June 24-26, 2019: National Young Women Run Conference, Washington, D.C.
Congresswoman Deb Haaland will keynote IGNITE's annual D.C. conference, Young Women Run, this June. After a lifetime of organizing communities to stand up for New Mexico families, Congresswoman Haaland was elected in the 2018 midterm as one of the first Indigenous American women to serve in Congress.
Photo Essay: Four IGNITE Conferences in Four Weeks
Young Women Run New York
Young Women Run Atlanta
Young Women Run North Texas
Young Women Run Bay Area
IGNITE in the News
IGNITE continues to receive local and national coverage that puts us on the map as the premier young women's political training organization:
- The next generation of women in politics, OaklandNorth
- IGNITE Political Power in Every Young Woman, Her Campus
- In 2012, there were 19 Republican women in the Texas House. Now, there are six, The Texas Tribune
- At Agnes Scott College, the IGNITE conference encourages women to pursue politics, Atlanta Magazine
- “This Model is Working.” A Bay Area Private Club Moves Millions for Social Causes, Inside Philanthropy
- Election 2018: Women in Politics, KQED
- Editorial: Women made the difference in 2018, San Francisco Chronicle
- Inspired by the historic 'pink wave'? Here's how you can get involved in running for office, ABC News
- 50 Influential Women on Why They're Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections, Marie Claire
- 6 Political Candidate Organizations Helping Women Run for Office, Marie Claire
Become a Scholarship Champion
Send young women from across the country to Washington, D.C. for our three-day national Young Women Run Conference. Over 100 young women have applied for scholarships to participate in the June conference. Make a gift today and help us give these young women the tools, resources, and hands-on training they need to accelerate their political careers.
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