March: Celebrate Women’s History Month

MARCH 2023

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President Biden State of the Union Takeaways.

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Ohio Train Derailment Prompts Calls to Investigate Federal Oversight of Trains by Rail Workers

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Oxford High. Sandy Hook. For some Michigan State students, shootings are nothing new.

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Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots.

Honoring Pathbreakers.

Fight Like a Girl: How Women's Activism Shapes History

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. AnthonySojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States. The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

Women’s Political Participation After 1920: Myth and Reality

Presidential Update.

Republicans are threatening default and economic catastrophe unless they can force through their agenda. And while they are continuing to keep that agenda secret, virtually every Republican budget over the last decade has included repeal of the Affordable Care Act and deep cuts to Medicaid. This agenda would raise health care costs for seniors, working families, and Americans with pre-existing conditions—and cause millions of people to lose their coverage. More than 100 million people with pre-existing health conditions could lose critical protections. Tens of millions of people could see their prescription drug coverage scaled back. 40 million people’s health insurance coverage would be at risk. Over 7 million seniors and people with disabilities could receive worse home care, and nursing care could suffer, with ballooning wait lists for those still in need. Millions of people could lose access to substance use treatment or mental health care.

FACT SHEET: The Congressional Republican Agenda: Repealing the Affordable Care Act and Slashing Medicaid

Take Action.

We still need accountability for January 6th. A growing number of voters, businesses, churches, and civic organizations are pledging to defend democracy from attempts to overturn our elections, as we saw in 2020. People in positions of authority in the media and in Congress lied—and in many cases continue to lie—about the election being stolen. Those lies led to a deadly attack on our Capitol. Many rioters have been arrested, but the instigators of the mob are still at it. It’s time to defend democracy against those who sought to overturn it.

Take the pledge to defend our democracy with the Republican Accountablity Project
Republicans continue to Attack President Biden – Even With His Clear Accomplishments by Heather Cox Richardson

SisterSong’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights. Get involved!

Elect Women.

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Whomever you are. Wherever you have been. You have the opportunity right now to be heard and make a difference. There are state and local political opportunities for Democratic pro-choice women just like you with a drive to serve and the courage to run.

Get Involved with Emily’s List, Run For Office, and Help Elect Pro-Choice Women!
Run or Invest in Electing Women that Flip Seats with EMERGE.

National Day of Action: Stop Dirty Banks!

Join us for a National Day of Action on March 21, 2023 – 3.21.23! Together we demand banks stop funding climate chaos.

Over the past year, thousands have taken the Banking on Our Future pledge to close their accounts, cut up their credit cards, and boycott Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo if they don’t move their investments out of fossil fuels. On 3.21.23, we gather to show the strength of our movement! Bring your friends, energy, and creativity!

Find an event here or submit your own.

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We knew anti-choice extremists wouldn’t be satisfied with just overturning Roe, nor would they be discouraged by the 2022 midterms, which definitively proved that the vast majority of Americans support the right to abortion. NARAL volunteers across the country are fueling the fight at both the state and federal levels to pass proactive legislation that expands access to abortion care and to block efforts that further erode our freedoms. But it will take all of us doing everything we can to build the future we want.

Volunteer with NARAL Pro-Choice America!
Volunteer with Planned Parenthood!

Tens of millions of Americans in 32 states will see the pandemic boost to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits expire at the end of February. Programs like SNAP aren’t glamorous. If you think they are, you should try living off $2 per meal. SNAP must be expanded, not cut. It’s up to Congress to say that in the richest country in the history of the world, no one should go hungry. 

Tell Congress: “Hands off SNAP!”

To win in these decisive battles ahead, we need to keep organizing.

Recent Events!

Thanks to the YWCA Chicago Events for hosting an inspiring, sold-out event screening of “The Janes.” If you were unable to make it, the documentary is available on HBO Max, and you can watch our recording of opening remarks and the panel discussion here, featuring  Natalie Moore, Heather Booth Marie Leaner, and Illinois Lt. Governor Julianna Stratton.

New Podcast: Organize with Love at the Center Featuring Heather Booth

Upcoming Events!

March 8 – International Women’s Day

March 12 – The Oscars

March 13 – NCAA Basketball March Madness Begins

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – Get the MAGA snakes OUT of our country!

March 21 – Break up with the banks who fund NEW fossil fuel projects Day of Action

March 28 – The Movement and the “Madman” Premieres on PBS

May 1 – Heather Booth receives 2023 Puffin Award for a lifetime of social change organizing

May 17 – Midwest Academy Awards – 50 Year Anniversary


From long-time movement singer/activist Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) with a version of the wonderful peace song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

When we organize, we can change the world.

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We are so glad to be your partner in this movement for democracy and justice for all.

– Heather Booth and the Team


Newsletter Created by Cara Homick and Samantha Cotter