Welcome to the 9thDDWN

“Women’s rights are human rights.”
– Hillary Clinton – 5 September 1995 in Beijing.


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Welcome to the blog section of the 9th District Democratic Women’s Network  We hope this area will become a functioning source of information and  discussion of political issues, especially those involving women’s rights. Comments and articles may be held for moderation, resulting in a short delay before they appear onsite.

The core of our website is the collection, HIstory  Making Women, a number of original biographies and sketches of women of history who represented the history of women’s struggle for recognition of our equal rights.  These original biographies and vignettes were contributed in celebration of Women’s History Month 2016.  The website has been slowly expanding to include links to online articles that recount our history and a blog for more contemporary discussions and links.

As Women’s History Month 2017 approaches, please consider adding a biography, a personal vignette or links to pertinent online articles and I will review and include them on this site. Your material may be submitted via the Contact form or emailed directly.to wlorrainewatkins@gmail.com

Enjoy what is here now and select the “Follow Button” to see what is to come.

W. Lorraine Watkins, February 4, 2017


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First-ever Rosie the Riveter Day

“On Tuesday, six “Rosies” were honored at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, for their contributions during the war. Among them was Marian Sousa, 91, once a “draftsman” who drew blueprints for warships who now lives in El Sobrante, California.”



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Texas Handmaids

“The scene in Texas sent a quiet warning to legislators that women are ready to push back against the recent increase in anti-choice legislation in states across the country. Pictures of the sheroes quickly made the rounds on Twitter with the hashtag #FightBackTX. ”


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Democracy is a splendid thing


People are now in the streets and going to town halls and reading  the fine print and generally learning the real issues and challenging those in office when they see where they are wrong. The more people are activated and talking and listening to each other the better informed we all are and we become  less vulnerable to the clap trap lies from the right such as by  Tom Price and Paul Ryan trying to sell abandonment of social responsibility as “freedom and cheap prices.”

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa who ran for Senate on her credentials as an expert in hog castration recently learned that is no longer qualifying as she began the litany that “Obamacare is failing.”


Don’t you love it?  Just keep it going and our better nature as a nation will win out.

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Lessons for women, vital today

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In honor of International Women’s Day

Women Speak Up

In today’s climate-controlled, food-through-a-drive-thru, education-for-all world, it is easy for women to become comfortable.Content. Complacent, even.After all, we American women do not have it so bad, do we? We can vote (thank you Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony). We can attend high school and college. We can enter the workforce. For many, we can garner respect in professions that previously had been limited to men. For some professions, we earn equal pay for equal work (teaching, for example).

Once we have children, we can choose to stay home during our children’s infant and toddler years – or longer – if we have familial support or financial means to sustain our family while we do so.

Why, then, are women marching? Why, then, are they striking?
Simply stated, because as long as injustice exists in the world, whether it be against women, children or men, women have taken up the cause of effecting change and improving the lives of others.

Consider this: about 79 percent of all elementary and middle school teachers are women; 91 percent of all registered nurses are women; 96 percent of all dental assistants are women; 32 percent of doctors are women; and 14.8 percent of all police officers are women (Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2006-2010 data).
Clearly, women want to make a difference in the world.

Harriet Tubman in her role as a conductor of the Underground Railroad helped free hundreds of slaves; Jane Addams in 1898 founded Hull House in Chicago to help the poor; Clara Barton in 1881 organized the American Red Cross. And this is just a handful.

There are those who are criticizing the Day Without Women as a strike for privileged women. Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum writes, “Make no mistake, March 8 will mostly be a day without women who can afford to skip work and shuffle childcare and household duties to someone else.”
She argues that for the rest of women—those who cannot take the day off or who choose not to take the day off – that the concept of a women’s strike is “self-defeating and vaguely insulting” because it will suggests that women are expendable, that women entered the workforce to combat boredom or boost self-esteem.

Frankly, I disagree. The point of the strike is to underscore the need for social awareness of the injustices that remain within our society – the ones that women have been trying to change since the dawn of time. Poverty. Illness. Educational opportunities.

The point of the strike is to show that when one member of our society is hurting, we all are hurting. To dismiss the strike as insignificant or an emotional manifestation of bored and privileged women is dismiss the contributions that women have made through the centuries that have resulted in the comfortable modern-day lifestyles many Americans enjoy.

While I chose not to take the day – my work with my students is important to effecting the change I believe integral to the effort – I support the intent of the strike because not all Americans enjoy a life of comfort. Here, in White County, where tourists breeze along our quaint mountain roads, poverty among our school children is epidemic. As long as we have people in our communities who are in need, we are in need of women to speak up on their behalf. That, for me, is the point of the strike*

By Catherine Gibbs

* Originally appeared in the White County (Georgia) News

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Solidarity in white

Proud of our sisters in Congress resisting the misogynists at this year’s presidential address to Congress.


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Welcome Cyndy

cyndyNewest 9th DDWN recruit Cyndy Shubert-Jett citizen activist on the way to deliver her letter with 67 constituency signatures to 9th District Rep. Doug Collins yesterday.

Cyndy’s Report

“First actual update after my own timeline has to has to absolutely has to go here! SO….it went exceeding well, and thanks to some excellent critiquing of my letter, it said exactly what was needful. When I got there and starting talking to the receptionist, one of the staffers came in and introduced himself. He offered to listen to what I had and see what he could do to assist me with. I told them up from that I was a somewhat progressive liberal democrat, but, that I also believed that my representative is my representative is my representative. He heard me out, asked really pertinent questions, then read my letter. He then took it, scanned it and forwarded it the legislative section of Rep. Collins’ offices. He made sure he had my name and email on it. Thanks to the critique offered earlier on my letter which helped me get it away from a confrontational attitude, I feel like I at least made a decent start with having a credible relationship with this office! I recall back in our efforts in dealing with Darrel Issa’s staff in Southern California, they tended to be snobbish and snarky. Maybe it’s just that the South has such a culture of courtesy, but this was truly a good experience for my first ever all mine effort!!! Now I”m back home Now…the with a big smile on my face, a swollen knee, and a cup of sick day chicken soup at hand!!! [OH….W Lorraine Watkinss, how do I send my request for payment to Soros? *snicker*]

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