Last week we selected the bills which will make up our 2021 Legislative Agenda. On January 28th, we invite you to join us at our virtual Legislative Briefing as we officially announce our 2021 Agenda.
Join us to hear from legislators and advocates who will present each of the bills on the Agenda and explain how they will impact Maryland women and families. You will hear what you can do to help pass these bills and become involved in the legislative process. Your voice in Annapolis is needed!
This year’s briefing will be virtual and hosted on Zoom. There is no charge to attend the briefing, but you must register in order to receive the link to the briefing.
We invite you or your organization to co-sponsoring the briefing. Your sponsorship supports our legislative efforts in Annapolis. Sponsorship includes your logo displayed in the published Agenda and on our website and Facebook page, and recognition during the online briefing. Click here to co-sponsor.
Finally, we remind you to add your name to the list of supporters of the 2021 Agenda. One voice is important but the collective voices of many impacts public policy and enables advocates and legislators to demonstrate concern and support for women’s issues. To sign on as a supporter, complete this simple online form.
One of the most powerful advocacy tools for the Agenda is your signature as a supporter. Organizations and individuals are invited to sign on as a supporter of the 2021 Agenda. We also encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to sign on. A list of supporters will be attached to the document before it is distributed to legislators and the public, as well as included on our website. The document will be released at our Legislative Briefing and will be distributed to all legislators.
Cooperative action is the basis upon which MLAW operates. One voice is important but the collective voices of many impacts public policy and enables advocates and legislators to demonstrate concern and support for women’s issues. Make your voice count for women and their families in the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
To add your name to the list of supporters, complete this simple online form. If you would like to add multiple names of friends or colleagues who give you permission to add their names, please email them as well. Spread the word and ask others to support this agenda. You do not need to be a member of MLAW to add your name.
In November, leaders of state-wide organizations and advocates addressing issues of concern to women of Maryland participated in a conference to identify potential legislative initiatives for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly. Fourteen bills were presented at the conference for consideration. A ballot was sent to MLAW members who voted on the top priorities which will make up our official 2021 Legislative Agenda.
The MLAW Board of Directors reviewed the results of the balloting and affirmed the bills that will comprise the 2021 MLAW Legislative Agenda. The issues selected are listed below and described in more detail on our website.
When we began planning for our fall conference in early 2020, we had no idea it would turn out the way it did. In the spring, we realized that we would need to host a virtual conference this year instead of the in person event that we have been doing for over 25 years. We were worried. We asked ourselves questions like “Will people attend a virtual conference?” and “Will our supporters continue to sponsor the event without the in-person networking and glossy program booklet?” and “Are folks willing to sit in from of a computer for four hours on a Saturday without the promise of coffee and bagels?” On Saturday, you all answered those questions with a resounding “YES!”
Saturday’s conference was not only our first successful virtual conference, but we had our largest crowd yet, with over 300 attendees from all over the state and even as far away as Arizona! The event was supported by the most sponsors ever – 43 in all! And most importantly, we were able to meet with all of you, albeit not in person, to come together for the common purpose of enhancing the lives of women and families in Maryland through legislative advocacy.
Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, presented, and helped in any and every way! Special thanks go out to:
Delegate Carol Krimm for providing the welcome message and kicking off the conference
Our exceptional panelists who provided thoughtful insight into the issues facing Maryland women and communities of color during the COVID pandemic: Professor Celeste Davis, Professor Leigh Goodmark and Iman Freeman.
All of the advocates and legislators who presented and explained their legislative proposals for the 2021 legislative session.
We would like to hear from you and your thoughts on the conference. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey. Your comments will help us plan an even better event next year.
We are in the process of sending a ballot to all MLAW members in good standing to vote on the issues that were presented at the conference. Not all initiatives will be included in the 2021 Agenda; in fact, we will select only 6-8 from the 14 submitted. Your voice in this process is important! If you are not a current member of MLAW, please join or renew your membership today so that you can vote on the issues important to you and which you think should comprise the Agenda. A membership form is on our website at https://mdlegagendaforwomen.org/join-mlaw/ along with a paypal link for credit cards.
To read about the issues that were presented at the conference, you can view the detailed information here:
Finally, if you are not on our email listserv, please join! We communicate exclusively through email so it is important to be on MLAW’s list. During the session, you will receive important legislative alerts that require your action. You will also receive news and information about our events. To join our email list, simply send an email to us at email@example.com and ask to be added.
Thank you to our conference sponsors. Without them, the conference would not be possible. We hope you were able to view our sponsor slideshow during the conference but it you missed it, you may view it here:
Saturday, November 14, 2020 * 9:00am ~ Zoom Meeting
The Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) will host its annual fall conference, At a Crossroad: Gender, Race & COVID-19’s Impact on Maryland, online on Saturday, November 14, 2020.
The Conference will provide information and strategies to activate and energize participants to successfully advocate for legislation impacting women and families during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session.
Join us to:
Hear a Message from Maryland Women Legislators
Listen to a Panel Discussion addressing the Intersection of Race, Gender, and COVID-19 and its Impact on Maryland
Gain valuable insights from Advocates and Legislators presenting 2021 Legislative Proposals
Network about these important issues in breakout rooms
Participants will select the legislative proposals that will be included in the 2021 MLAW Legislative Agenda that is disseminated to every legislator and advocate throughout the state. MLAW works in partnership with lead groups and legislators during the Session to advocate for these legislative proposals.