Take Action

Building Equity in Education Meeting

The St. Louis County Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and St. Louis County Human
Relations Commission
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6:30-8 p.m. (41 S. Central Avenue, 63105 - Council Chambers)
Read more or attend via Webex here.

Get Out the Vote, Support Democracy

National Voting Registration Day is the USA’s largest nonpartisan civic holiday dedicated to getting every eligible American registered to vote. Help build a vibrant, diverse and engaged democracy by dropping voter registration packets at people’s doors. Join other Women’s Voices members in a contactless, COVID-safe way to register voters. Details coming soon. Email voting@womensvoicesraised.org for more information.

Defend Access to Abortion Care

The Women's Health Protection Act would provide a nationwide safeguard against abortion bans and medically unnecessary restrictions that push abortion care out of reach. It would protect the constitutional rights of all people, no matter where they live.
Send a message to your representative urging them to vote “yes” on WHPA.

Acting on Our Mission

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Navigating Today’s Social Media

At the October Women's Voices program, Jennifer Slavik Lohman detailed the social media evils we all fall prey too and explained how we can proactively address them. Based on her research and experience working on campaigns globally, Anat Shenker-Osorio described how we can craft effective messages to communicate accurate and reliable information that can help shape opinions in a positive way. Read the summary here or watch the recorded version here.

A Look at the Local Landscape for Affordable Housing

At the September Lunch & Learn, Shannon Koenig, executive director of the St. Louis County Housing Authority, explained the role of governments in providing affordable housing for cost-burdened households—those who spend more than 30% of income on housing. She said one in four households in St. Louis County is cost burdened, which means they have less money for other needs such as food and health care. Koenig offered suggestions on how Women's Voices members can work to expand affordable housing availability.

Read the summary, view the slides or watch the recorded version.

Women's Voices Takes Affordable Housing Advocacy to St. Louis County

On September 29, Barbara Harris, co-chair of the Racial Justice Committee (RJC), and Liz Sondhaus, co-chair of the RJC’s Affordable Housing Task Force, provided a PowerPoint presentation to the St. Louis County Equity Commission highlighting the challenges of finding affordable housing in the Central Corridor and offering our ideas to address this important community issue. Read more here.

Women's Voices Engages Partner Organizations to Distribute Gun Locks

Free gun locks are now available at all 30 St. Louis Fire Department firehouses. St. Louis area residents can also pick up free gun locks at four St. Louis County Library branches and four St. Louis Public Library branches. Read more here.

Cathy Gilbert Urges Safe Storage of Guns

Interviewed by KSDK, Cathy Gilbert, co-chair of the Campaign for Common Sense Gun Solutions, noted that accidental shooting incidents are heart-breaking and all too common. Cathy explained that gun locks provide a simple and effective way to avoid unintentional shootings, and she demonstrated how easy it is to use a gun lock. You can watch the interview here.

Women's Voices Lobbies for Voting Rights

Watch highlights from the MO Voting Rights Lobby Day here. 

Women's Voices Featured on The Pulse of St. Louis

See co-president, Ruth Ehresman's interview on The Pulse.

Read our Emails

Read the October Women's Voices newsletter, Loud & Clear.

Read our September 16 Keeping Connected email

Up Next

Racial Justice Movie Club

Weds., Oct. 27, 2021, 7 p.m.
Virtual discussion of video: Trust Me Documentary
Read more or register here.

Voter Suppression: Will YOU be able to Vote?

Thurs., Nov. 11, 2021, 7 p.m.
Virtual event
Read more and register here.

Community Programs

Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich

American Bar Association Travelling Exhibit
Exhibit Extended through mid-November 2021, Law Library Association (10 N. Tucker, 13th Floor, 63101)
Read more.

From Global Change to Local Action, with Katharine Hayhoe

Tues., Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom
Read more or register here.

Webster Speaks: Prescription for Change

A discussion about the inherent disparities in health care
Weds., Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Read more or register here.

Empower Missouri Anti-Poverty Advocates Summit 2021

Nov. 4-5 on Zoom
Read more or register here.

Message Boxes: How you can use them to prepare for advocacy?

Empower Missouri Friday Forum
Fri., Nov. 19, noon, online
Read more or register here.