Please join Washington State NOW, the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, and partners for a community forum, What Women Want: Jobs, Education, & Healthcare, on Tuesday May 8th from 6 to 8pm, highlighting the impacts of the recession and state budget cuts on women in Washington.

The forum will focus on how the unprecedented cuts to our state budget are disproportionally harming women’s employment, economic security, health, and safety. Panelists will discuss policies that should be pursued at the state level as our economy recovers, and how we ensure that the recovery is equitable for women, especially those from low income backgrounds and women of color.  Community members will be invited to join the discussion during the Q & A portion of the program.

Click here to RSVP for the forum (it’s a free event, but space is limited).

The forum will be moderated by Erica Barnett from Publicola and panelists include:

  • Lori Pfingst, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Budget & Policy Center
  • Marilyn Watkins, Policy Director, Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Dana Laurent, Political Director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
  • Diane Narasaki, Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • David Ward, Legal and Legislative Counsel at Legal Voice

Co-sponsors include: API Chaya (formerly API Safety Center and Chaya), Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Economic Opportunity Institute, League of Women Voters Washington, Legal Voice, MomsRising, National Council for Jewish Women, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Progress Alliance, Statewide Poverty Action Network, University of Washington Women’s Center, Washington Community Action Network, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Win/Win Network, Women’s Funding Alliance, WA State National Organization for Women

Event Details

What Women Want: A Community Forum

The Wing Luke Asian Museum, Community Hall

Tuesday May 8th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Refreshments will be served.


Questions? Email Lanna Ripp at

We hope you will join us for this powerful night of discussion and action!