Join your Democratic sisters from other federated states at our Women in Blue from the Hill 2021 Virtual Program. It will be held on Thursday, April 22nd from 10:45am to 2pm ET via Zoom. Wear your favorite shade of blue and join in with coffee or lunch. We have a full program with speakers Congressman Jim Clyburn, Congresswoman Val Demings, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and others still being added. States will report or show a video about what they have been up to in the past year. We will end our virtual trip to DC with an action plan to go forward in keeping a Democratic majority.
I hope you are enjoying warmer weather wherever in Idaho you reside. It has been a long winter and we are all ready for the sunshine. This is much the same feeling I have in our social and political world. I know the biggest relief comes every morning when I wake up to President Biden and Vice President Harris. In Idaho unfortunately, the leadership still leaves most of us shaking our heads and deeply concerned for the direction we are headed.
We need more Democrats, especially in the Idaho Statehouse! A balance of parties gives us the opportunity to have discussions about where we are going and how we get there. Do we invest in our children with better schools and support For our teachers? Do we ensure the bridges we drive over every day are saFe? Do we believe in equality enough to make the changes needed?
We are extremely fortunate to have such strong women leaders such as Senate Minority Leader, Michelle Stennett, and House Minority Leader, Ilana Rubel. The entire slate of Democrats, women and men, are doing all they can to make sure the voices of Idaho Democrats are heard. But with more of them, they could make legislation, improve lives and protect the environment for us all.
Please join us in staying involved, all year long. It was wonderful to have a great group join us for our Annual Meeting in March and for our RBG Tribute last Fall. We will be hosting more Zoom meetings until it is safe to hold in-person events again and for convenience with such a large state. When it is safe, Regional Directors will be looking for ways to get together, share opinions, and be involved in finding, electing, and supporting Democratic women leaders around the state. We hope to see YOU at our next event! We appreciate each one of you and the difference you are making. Please stay strong, stay safe.
Gini Ballou, President
We had some fantastic women from across Idaho and the country speak at our annual meeting, which had the theme of “Build Back Better”! The speakers at our first ever Virtual Brunch on March 14, 2021, were Virgie Rollins Representative Muffy Davis, Representative Sally Toone, Representative Illana Rubel, Betty Richardson, and Julianna Roosevelt. They each spoke about the importance of getting Democratic women elected and how we can work together to “Build Back Better” so that our communities can come out of the pandemic stronger than ever.
We also presented our three awards to some fantastic individuals. This year’s Dottie Stimpson Award winner has chosen to remain anonymous at this time. The Young Distinguished Woman Award was awarded to Mariel Wilson, who is currently the Teton County Field Director with NextGen Idaho. This year we also started the Marguerite McLaughlin Award to honor a woman who serves in public office in Idaho. Our first ever winner was Sally Toone, who currently represents Legislative District 29 in the Idaho House of Representatives.
We had a fantastic virtual meeting and we plan on having more virtual events this year until it is safe enough to meet in person.
We have some fantastic speakers from across Idaho and the country that are scheduled to share how “Build Back Better” with our new President at this year’s Virtual Brunch & Annual Meeting. The speakers for this year’s event are Virgie Rollins, Representative Muffy Davis, Representative Sally Toone, Representative Illana Rubel, Betty Richardson, and Julianna Roosevelt. Our annual meeting will be held on March 14, 2021 via Zoom.
Virgie Rollins, Chair of the DNC Black Caucus and National Federation of Democratic Women DNC Member, is going to share her experience on the campaign trail and the importance of promoting minority voices. Idaho House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel will discuss the effects of the Republican super-majority on working people across our state. Representative Muffy Davis will share her personal story of adversity and triumph along with her experience as a legislator during the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, Betty Richardson, the first female U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho, will review the progress of the Idaho Women for Biden Harris Facebook group and how we can all help make our country better regardless of political affiliation.