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Emerge Wisconsin Recognizes Women's Equality Day

From the great people at Emerge Wisconsin:

Emerge Wisconsin Recognizing Women’s Equality Day with Women On the Move

Madison – Today, August 26, is recognized as Women’s Equality Day. This is the date selected to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Emerge Wisconsin continues to work towards full equality of women in elected offices at the local and state level by training Democratic women who have an interest in running for elected office.

Leadership On the Move

Emerge Wisconsin recently held elections for its new Executive Committee serving 2011 – 2012. Sharon Corrigan, who most recently serves as Chair of Emerge Wisconsin, has moved up to serve as one of four affiliate representatives on the Emerge America Board of Directors.

Bethany Ordaz, who most recently served as Emerge Wisconsin’s Vice Chair, was elected to the position of Chair. Bethany has been both a leader in encouraging and recruiting more women to run and has set the example herself by recently running for State Assembly. Bethany Ordaz is joined by Rachel Currans-Henry (Vice Chair), Carousel Bayrd (Secretary) and Annie Wacker (Treasurer).

Women of Wisconsin On the Move

Emerge Wisconsin recently moved its training program up from January 2012 to start next month, September 2011. This move is to prepare the women who are ready to take back Wisconsin. “We have seen an increased interest of women interested in running for elected office. I look forward to leading Emerge into 2012 as we prepare the women who are ready to take back Wisconsin at both the state and local levels. I am very excited about the role we can play in training the women who will lead us back to true Wisconsin values.” Bethany Ordaz.

Emerge Alumnae On the Move

Today, Women’s Equality Day, is also the day where Emerge Wisconsin Alumna, Jessica King, is sworn in as State Senator! King won her recent election against one of the recalled GOP Senators. “We are proud to have one of our alumna join the Wisconsin State Senate and continue the fight for working families of Wisconsin.” Wendy Strout, Emerge Wisconsin Executive Director.

Launched in 2007, Emerge is the only organization in Wisconsin that provides Democratic women with the comprehensive training they need to achieve their political aspirations. Emerge Wisconsin is part of Emerge America, a national movement and premier training program that addresses the under-representation of women in office at the local, state, and federal level. There are Emerge affiliates in nine states: Arizona, California, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Emerge was founded to create a legion of Democratic women leaders for generations to come.
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