Women’s Policy and Advocacy Resources in Georgia
Women who want to get more engaged in state policy can start by connecting with local resources and organizations that are dedicated to increasing women’s participation. We created the following list of Georgia-based organizations to help connect women with an array of policy and advocacy resources.
Once you have found a resource or organization, sign up for their e-newsletters and reach out to learn about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.
*YWCA of Greater Atlanta offers the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute, a year-long training for women to learn how to advocate for state-level policy change. Our 2019 cohort is pictured above, and we will accept applications for the next class in spring 2020!*
Policy and advocacy resources for women:
All of the organizations below offer trainings, programs, and other resources that are specifically designed to help women get engaged in policy and advocacy in Georgia.
- 9to5 – 9to5 is one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda. The Georgia chapter hosts workshops, trainings, and other events throughout the state, on issues like voter turnout, workplace policies that allow women to prioritize their families without jeopardizing their careers, and women’s participation in the public sphere.
- Feminist Women’s Health Center – Feminist Women’s Health Center is a women’s health care clinic that also offers community education, grassroots organizing, public affairs, and advocacy programs focused on reproductive justice in Georgia. They have three signature community programs: Lifting Latinx Voices Initiative, Legislative Advocacy Program, and Errin J. Vuley Fellows Program. All of their programs focus on lifting women’s voices up in the public space regarding reproductive justice, whether as an advocate or in a leadership position.
- Georgia Commission on Women – The Georgia General Assembly created the GCW in 1992 to improve the lives of women in our state. Fifteen Georgians make up the Commission, and the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House nominate them for four-year terms. Their members, appointed from all regions of the state, are devoted to the health, education, employment, and legal status of women in Georgia. They developed health programs including the Georgia Osteoporosis Initiative, provide scholarships so more Georgia women can take advantage of educational opportunities, and lobby the state government to protect and defend vulnerable members of Georgia communities. You can get engaged by attending their meetings or events!
- Her Term – Her Term is a Georgia-based initiative created to recruit women to run for public office at the local, state, and national levels. Their goal is to see more women take on critical elected roles – and to see every branch of government transformed by equitable representation. They are a great organization to connect with if you are looking to run for an elected position!
- Junior League of Atlanta – The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) is an organization of women committed to making lasting transformation in the Atlanta community. They have trained women leaders to tackle tough issues impacting women and children for 100 years. They provide a strong foundation for civic leadership and connect women who share a commitment to voluntarism and community transformation. Visit their site to learn more about how to become a member.
- League of Women Voters of Georgia – The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. They have several league organizations throughout Georgia, offering various events and opportunities for women to join their local league or to get involved as a policy advocate in other ways.
- NewPowerPAC – NewPowerPAC directly addresses the absence of women in Georgia politics by recruiting, training, endorsing, and financially supporting women candidates for elected offices throughout Georgia. With the help of NewPowerPAC, Georgia is one of only a handful of states with the institutional resources crucial to electing women to office. Their website contains a multitude of resources for Georgia women looking to run for office.
- National Women’s Political Caucus of Georgia – The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multicultural, inter-generational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. The Georgia chapter provides support to candidates running for all levels of office by helping raise money and providing crucial hands-on volunteer assistance.
- SPARK – SPARK’s mission is to build new leadership, change culture, and advance knowledge in Georgia and the South to ensure individuals and communities have resources and power to make sustainable and liberating decisions about our bodies, gender, sexualities, and lives. They offer a variety of leadership trainings, advocacy events, and other opportunities to get engaged in reproductive justice.
Look over this list of organizations we’ve created, and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are the opportunities this organization offers right for me at this time? E.g., am I ready to run for office, or do I want to advocate for policy change?
- Do I need to be a member of this organization in order to get involved?
- Is there an application process? If so, when is the deadline?
- Is there a cost for program participation? If so, are there scholarships available?
- Is prior experience required?
- What type of time commitment would be required? E.g., how long does the program last, or does it meet on weekends, weekdays, or nights?
- Is the organization affiliated with a political party? (The YWCA of Greater Atlanta is non-partisan!)
Visit YWCA’s blog to learn more about how you can get engaged with a featured organization!
*Want to add a resource or provide an update to this information? Email [email protected].
Find more resource lists here:
UGA Institute for Women’s Studies Women’s Organizations in Georgia