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Our First Virtual Conference was a Success!

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 mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.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:

PLATINUM SPONSORS
AAUW Maryland
Bill and Diana Conway
Compassion and Choices
Kickstart Specialists
Maryland Commission for Women
Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
University System of Maryland’s Women Forum

GOLD SPONSORS
Maryland NOW
MomsRising

SILVER SPONSORS
Delegate Nicole A. Williams
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter
Elizabeth Fran Johnson
Leni Preston, Independent Consumer Voice of Health Policy
Linda Mahoney
National Women’s Law Center
Prince George’s County Commission for Women
Tahira Hussain
Whitfield Legal/Lynette A. Whitfield Attorney at Law
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

BRONZE SPONSORS
Anita Riley
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Calvert County Commission for Women
Christol Salon and Spa
Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield
Delegate Michele Guyton
Elizabeth Joyce
Emerge Maryland
Joan Stine
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Health Care for All
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Melissa Curtin Coaching + Consulting
Michaele Cohen
Montgomery County Commission for Women
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince George’s County
National Council for Negro Women – Montgomery County Maryland Section
Senator Pamela Beidle
Simply Kashonna
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc – Prince George’s Chapter
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland

Thank you Sponsors!

Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who make our Fall Agenda Conference possible!

PLATINUM SPONSORS
AAUW Maryland
Bill and Diana Conway
Compassion and Choices
Kickstart Specialists
Maryland Commission for Women
Montgomery County Women’s Democratic Club
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
University System of Maryland’s Women Forum

GOLD SPONSORS
Maryland NOW
MomsRising

SILVER SPONSORS
Delegate Nicole A. Williams
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter
Elizabeth Fran Johnson
Leni Preston, Independent Consumer Voice of Health Policy
Linda Mahoney
National Women’s Law Center
Prince George’s County Commission for Women
Tahira Hussain
Whitfield Legal/Lynette A. Whitfield Attorney at Law
Women’s Law Center of Maryland

BRONZE SPONSORS
Anita Riley
Business and Professional Women of Maryland
Calvert County Commission for Women
Christol Salon and Spa
Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield
Delegate Michele Guyton
Elizabeth Joyce
Emerge Maryland
Joan Stine
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Health Care for All
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Melissa Curtin Coaching + Consulting
Michaele Cohen
Montgomery County Commission for Women
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince George’s County
National Council for Negro Women – Montgomery County Maryland Section
Senator Pamela Beidle
Simply Kashonna
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc – Prince George’s Chapter
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland

Register for our Fall Agenda Conference!

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. 

Click here to register or sponsor: https://www.kickstartevent.com/

Save the Date!

MLAW’s Fall Agenda Conference will be held online on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Mark your calendars. Registration and sponsorship information is coming soon!

In Memoriam – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 30: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her 20th anniversary on the bench, is photographed in the West conference room at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 30, 2013. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Join or Renew Your Membership for 2020-2021

Dear Friend of MLAW:

MLAW is the only statewide coalition of women’s groups and individuals that provides a non-partisan, independent voice for Maryland women and families. We mobilize networks, groups, and individuals from all over the state to ensure the passage of key legislation.

Since 1994, MLAW has supported 97 successful pieces of legislation. In 2020, despite a shortened General Assembly Session, an extraordinary 7 of 9 bills on the MLAW Legislative Agenda PASSED the General Assembly. MLAW support makes a difference!  

Every year, the Maryland legislature considers hundreds of bills, and every year a high percentage of MLAW-supported bills become law. These laws make a difference for women and families throughout Maryland. MLAW is an effective, volunteer-run organization that depends entirely on dues and private contributions to do its work. We need your help to continue our work on behalf of Maryland women and families.

If you are already an MLAW member, please renew your membership today. If you are not a current member, please sign up right away. And please consider an additional donation to support our vital work.

We hold an annual fall conference to develop our MLAW Legislative Agenda and a legislative reception in Annapolis during the legislative session to introduce the Agenda. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Silver Spring Civic Center in Montgomery County for our 2020 Legislative Conference. These events focus legislators’ attention on our issues and raise our visibility throughout the state. We distribute the annual Legislative Agenda to every Maryland legislator. In collaboration with our advocacy partners, we submit testimony, advocate for bills, and promote our Agenda through our website, Facebook page, Twitter, and other social media.

Your membership entitles you to VOTE for the legislative issues that will be included on the MLAW Legislative Agenda.  

Your membership and additional contributions fund MLAW’s efforts to maintain a strong voice for women and families in the Maryland legislature. We appreciate your commitment to women’s rights, and we ask for your generous support. Please consider an additional donation to support our advocacy efforts. Please print and complete the MLAW 2020-2021 Membership Form and mail in your membership and/or donation. You may also join or donate online by visiting http://www.mdlegagendaforwomen.org.

Thank you!

Michaele Cohen
President, MLAW Board of Directors

MLAW’s 2020 Agenda

Last week, MLAW unveiled it’s 2020 Agenda during our annual reception in Annapolis.  Over 150 legislators and MLAW supporters ventured out on a rainy Thursday evening to learn about the bills we are supporting this year, to mingle with other advocates and supporters, and enjoy some good food.  Please check out our Facebook page to see some photos from the event.

If you weren’t able to join us, here is our 2020 Agenda:  MLAW 2020 Final Agenda 

Finally, make sure you are signed up to receive our Legislative Alerts! This is the best way to get updates on our Agenda bills and learn how you can take action to pass legislation that impacts Maryland women and families!  Send us an email and asked to be added to our mailing list: mglegagenda4women@yahoo.com.

 

Join Us for MLAW’s 2020 Legislative Reception and Briefing

Please join us on February 6th for MLAW’s Annual Legislative Reception and Briefing. This is your opportunity to meet us in Annapolis to learn about the legislation that will make up the 2020 Legislative Agenda and to meet with legislators to discuss issues important to women.

There is no charge to attend the event, but please register early as registration is limited.  Also, please only register if you are sure you can attend.  Last year’s event “sold out” and we had to cut off registration.   We’ll do our best not to turn anyone away!

**Click here to register**

The briefing and reception will be held on February 6, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in The House Office Building, Rooms 170/180 located at 6 Bladen Street in Annapolis. Please be sure to bring a photo identification in order to enter the House building. There are several parking garages located near the House building, as well as metered parking throughout Annapolis. You also may park at Navy Stadium and take the shuttle to the House Building. Many thanks to Delegate Shelly Hettleman for arranging our meeting space.

For more information, email us at mdlegagenda4women@yahoo.com or call 443-519-1005.