Did you know that many of the most critical policy decisions that impact women’s day-to-day lives are made at the state level?
Click here to learn more about women and state policy, and take the action steps below!
Civic engagement includes a broad range of activities from voting – to advocating for policy change – to running for office. No matter where you are in the process, or how much time you have, you can take a step today:
Step 1: VOTE
Voting is the most fundamental way for women to ensure that our priorities are taken into account in public policy decisions. All members of the Georgia state legislature, as well as the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other important statewide officials are up for election in November 2018.
- Register to vote online at the Georgia Secretary of State’s website https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/ . You can confirm whether you are currently registered to vote, find your correct polling location, and download sample ballots through that site.
- Learn about the candidates who are running through this guide from the Metro Atlanta Chamber: http://votemetroatl.com/ .
- Encourage women in your networks to vote and consider supporting a woman who is running for office by volunteering for her campaign.
Step 2: Keep Informed
Stay up to date about state policy and how it impacts women.
- Sign up for YWCA Advocacy E-Newsletters – these quarterly e-newsletters make it easy for you to take action. Click this link: http://bit.ly/YWCASubscribeATL, and select “Advocacy & Social Justice News.”
- Visit our blog for current issues and updates at https://ywcaatlanta.org/yw-news/.
Step 3: Know Your State Legislators
As a constituent, you have power through your relationship with your state legislators.
- Enter your home address at https://openstates.org to find your state representative and senator.
- Contact their offices (find their contact information at http://www.legis.ga.gov). Thank them for all of their hard work this past state legislative session, and let them know that you are a constituent who is concerned about policy issues that impact women and girls.
Step 4: Connect with Local Resources
Connect with local resources and organizations that are dedicated to helping women succeed in policy and civic engagement.
- YWCA of Greater Atlanta offers a resource dedicated to women’s political participation, called the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute. In this intensive training program, a diverse cohort of women learn how to develop and support policy proposals that impact the lives of women and girls in Georgia. Nearly 100 women have completed this civic engagement training. Our next class will start in spring 2019!
- Learn about and connect with other local resources to help women get engaged in policy and advocacy in Georgia.
- Connect with a local organization that advocates for issues that you care about and see how you can get involved.
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