UniteWomen— Not Just A Name— It’s a Goal

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UniteWomen.org founder, Karen Teegarden, is addressing the Honoring Women’s Rights conference In Salinas, California on September 8th with her talk, “Inner-connectivity of Women’s Issues.” Teegarden burst on the national scene when she organized 55 simultaneous rallies for women’s rights that took place in all the states on April 28, 2012. This inspired support for her to attend the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, and a week later, her appearance at the Honoring Women’s Rights conference at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. “Without a long-range plan, we cannot keep our civil rights sovereign and sacred. It’s too easy to look away and not notice when the extreme right-wing initiates more of their own long-term plans,” said Teegarden. Her focus is now on long term solutions.

UniteWomen founder and CEO, Karen Teegarden picture

UniteWomen founder and CEO, Karen Teegarden

Our long term goal is to build up a strong front to keep the rhetoric balanced and the eyes of the nation wide open.

On September 8, at the Honoring Women’s Rights conference, invited speaker Karen Teegarden discusses her viewpoint on female political violence and what she’s doing to stop it. Outraged at what Teegarden perceived as the legislative attacks on reproductive rights, the smearing of Sandra Fluke, all-male Congressional panels discussing women’s health rights, trans-vaginal probe legislation, and the inciting rhetoric aimed at women’s issues across the nation, Teegarden saw no choice but to take action. She sees “lack of health care and the epidemic anti-female legislative violence” as a looming economic danger to the country at large.
UniteWomen.org is developing a four-pronged strategy: a database of female-oriented legislation, a campus division to create student organizations at several universities in each state, monthly educational campaigns to sharpen and deepen awareness of effects women have made in every sector of the culture and economy, and the creation of state-level UniteWomen.org chapters.

In addition to the outreach and data collection, UniteWomen.org is taking action to fight current attempts at passing women-focused legislation. “We’ve been working with various women’s and civil rights organizations to put pressure on our legislators and some are now hesitant because it could affect their election results,” said Teegarden.

Teegarden’s long term goal is to build up a strong front to keep the rhetoric balanced and “the eyes of the nation wide open.” The goal for UniteWomen.org, has a broader focus than being a watchdog. They want to level the playing field.

Tickets on sale until August 22, at http://honoringwomensrights.eventbrite.com/

http://www.nationalwca.org; Women’s Caucus for Art creates community through art, education, and social activism.

http://www.steinbeck.org; National Steinbeck Center inspires people to make a positive difference in our world, 1 Main Street, Salinas, Monterey County, CA

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