On Tuesday, January 30, while President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address, leading women activists will host an alternative event in Washington, DC -- The State of Our Union -- to offer an alternative view and vision for the country, and to address the persistent gender inequality and “crisis of leadership” they say is harming America.
Hosted by national leaders like Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Tarana Burke (Girls for Gender Equity and ‘MeToo’ movement), and Mónica Ramirez (National Farmworker Women’s Alliance), all of whom attended Golden Globes Awards with actresses involved with #TimesUp, and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising, Arisha Hatch of Color of Change, the event will release new polling data about where the women of America stand; as well as brings together women from across the country who are joining forces to advocate for policy solutions, to mobilize women voters for an important elections across the country, and to elect leaders that support their vision for change.
Event speakers include:
- Survivors of sexual assault
- Domestic workers & farm workers
- Congresswomen including Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) (list in development)
The State of Our Union builds on the growing momentum of the #MeToo movement, Golden Globes activism, and of the over a million people who marched just 10 days ago on the first anniversary of the Women’s March.
Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said:
“2018 is a critical year for women. We have already demonstrated that we are willing to carry more than our share of the weight in defending our democracy. It’s now time for action and solutions — on everything from sexual assault and harassment to low wages and pay equity, from elder care and childcare to paid family leave. There is nothing more powerful than women coming together and demanding change, and that is exactly what we plan to do,” said Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.”
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, MomsRising, said:
“We are coming together to give the State of Our Union. We take this unprecedented step because President Trump and so many of our political leaders are completely out of step with women, who are 51% of our population; and this is hurting our mothers, sisters, children, economy and our country. Our safety and basic rights -- including access to health care, to a living wage, and to the supports we need to care for our children -- are under direct attack. For low-income women, women of color and immigrant women, the situation is even worse. Make no mistake: The fight for women’s rights is the fight for our nation’s future.”
The event will be livestreamed at: stateofourunion.org
More information on logistics can be found below. To RSVP or for interview requests, please email Emily Hecker at firstname.lastname@example.org.