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Education and Training

Resources for Women In West Virginia

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Campaign Trainings (women and men)

Campaign Workshops
Sponsored by the West Virginia Democratic Party
The West Virginia Democratic Party runs a campaign workshop at least once a year open to any West Virginia Democrat. Information is provided through the Party headquarters.

For more information:
West Virginia Democratic Party
717 Lee Street
Suite 214
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 342-8121

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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Leadership West Virginia
Sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Leadership West Virginia is a statewide program to develop, strengthen and connect emerging leaders for the Mountain State. Each year, 50 leaders are chosen to participate in eight monthly two-day educational sessions from March through November conducted in  different communities and addressing key subjects and critical issues facing West Virginia. Those selected must have demonstrated skills and experience in civic activities, public affairs and their professional careers.

For more information:
Pam Farris
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
1624 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 342-1497

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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women
The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women’s voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the NFDW promotes Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. NFDW chapters recognize potential women candidates and encourage their candidacies for office. Members attend meetings, organize educational and political events, volunteer for campaigns, and support candidates for office.

For more information:
Belinda Biafore, President
West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women
(304) 363-1362

West Virginia Federation of Republican Women
Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elects Republican candidates; informs the public through political education and activity; and increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative action.

For more information:
Gladys Lemley, President
West Virginia Federation of Republican Women

West Virginia NOW
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.

For more information:
Christina M. Vogt
West Virginia NOW
P.O. Box 965
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

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Gender Parity Legislation

West Virginia Gender Balance Legislation
The West Virginia Code (Chapter 18B-2A-1) acknowledges the benefits of gender equity on government boards, but does not mandate gender parity.

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Women's Legislative Caucuses

West Virginia Legislative Women's Caucus
The West Virginia Legislative Women's Caucus is a bicameral, bi-partisan caucus that meets on a regular basis to discuss shared legislative efforts.

For more information:
West Virginia Legislative Women's Caucus
(304) 340-3106