The Coalition Voice – February 2013

The Coalition Voice

February 2013

Chair’s Report
Growing by leaps and bounds–that is an apt phrase for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition at this time. The Issue Committees are functioning; the website is becoming a true resource for women and girls throughout the state; our supporters, partners, and funders are on the increase; and educational forums are in the planning to spread the mission of the OWC throughout the state.

Our Executive Director, Kristin Davis, does stellar work when it comes to promoting the OWC through various media venues and establishing relationships with those who want to help improve the status of women and girls in Oklahoma. With the assistance of Communications Coordinator Candice Black, the OWC has received impressive notoriety on many fronts.

As with all organizations, our progress comes on the shoulders of past chairs who led our fledgling organization without the assistance of an executive director. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Jean Warner and Donna Lawrence, and humbled by knowing that my job as chair has been relatively easy compared to their contributions. Many thanks go to Kristin, Candice, and our excellent Board of Directors for the progress we are making.

Carolyn Kusler

OWC Board Chair

New Proclamation Signed By Governor Fallin

Governor Mary Fallin has signed a proclamation observing February 19th as Oklahoma Women Public Officials Day! The OWC will be hosting the 3rd Annual Leading Ladies Reception on Feb. 19 where we will honor women public officials. We invite you to join us at this unique event, sponsored by INTEGRIS Health, to celebrate these women at the OK History Center in Okla. City from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Speakers include Gov. Mary Fallin, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, Sen. Kim David and OWC Co-Founder, Jean Warner. Please RSVP to by Feb. 5th.

OWC Launches OneVoice Educational Forum Series

We are excited to introduce the OWC OneVoice Educational Forum Series this year. Our issue committees are working with committee members and OWC Coalition Partners to hold forums throughout the state in order to help educate the public on issues affecting women and girls. It is our goal not only to spread awareness on these issues, but for participants to leave with action items that will enable them to become part of the solution. We hope you can join us on February 21 for the kick-off of our educational forum series when we will tackle the issue of Female Incarceration. This brown bag forum will be held from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM at the United Way of Central Oklahoma in Okla. City. Forums covering Human Trafficking and Women’s Health are scheduled for March and April as well. For more information, please visit our website.

February is American Heart Month

Go Red For Women kicks off American Heart Month with Wear Red Day on Feb. 1st, where they ask people to wear red, main streets to light up the town in red, homeowners to make a display of paper red dresses in their yard, and offices to distribute health information to their employees. Anyone can be a part of this day. Learn how at www.wearredday.org. To learn more about Oklahoma Women’s Coalition Partner, Go Red For Women, visit the Partner Spotlight on our website, where we feature a different Coalition Partner each month.

Save the date ~ April 9th is OWC Advocacy Day

OWC OneVoice Advocacy and Reception “Empowering women through advocacy and education” will be held this year on Tuesday, April 9, in Okla. City. We are excited to introduce a new format to our annual advocacy day. We will visit the Capitol in the afternoon and then gather for a special reception with legislators at the Judicial Building from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Look for an email with more information coming soon!

OWC Welcomes New Coalition Partners

We are thrilled to announce our newest Coalition Partners, COPE, Family Builders, NAMI, OATH and  Variety Care. We look forward to continuing to build partnerships with such diverse organizations from throughout the state. Please be sure to check out their websites and learn more about the important work they are doing.

To see a list of OWC Coalition Partners or to learn more about the benefits of partnership, please click here.