• Understanding and Outsmarting the Right: Power, Privatization, and Profit

    Tue, 23 Sep 2014

    WDN is excited to offer an opportunity to participate in an innovative three-part online study series with Political Research Associates (PRA), focused on better understanding the conservative Right and its strategies to pursue power, privatization and profit across several key issues. This new series is a follow-up to a popular in-person study group at WDN that was run by our member Jean Hardisty more than a decade ago. 


    Much has changed on the Right and in the country since Jean founded PRA in 1981. The Right’s success at mobilizing resentment and building political power has enabled a new generation of strategies that are transforming America into a kind of oligarchy, closing down democracy in governance, workplaces, the public square, and places of worship. We are living in a different political moment. A new generation of threats demands new analysis and strategic innovation.


    PRA is a social justice think tank devoted to supporting movements that build a more just and inclusive democratic society. PRA publicly challenges right-wing leaders, campaigns, and ideologies that undermine human rights, and works with social justice change makers to understand and overcome their organized opposition.


    This pilot webinar series is exclusively for members of the Women Donors Network. PRA will give participants the inside scoop on the right-wing strategies that threaten our communities and our democracy—and discuss what justice-minded individuals and organizations can do to counteract these efforts. Key videos and short articles will be shared in preparation for each session. All calls will be highly interactive, with the opportunity to join via webcam feed, offering a rare chance to do some deep strategizing and thinking with PRA experts and other WDN members about critical issues.


    Interested WDN members may register for a fee of $100. Space is limited to ensure that the group can have productive discussions with one another and PRA experts.



    Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

    with Tarso Luís Ramos, Executive Director, Political Research Associates

    The Supreme Court’s conservative male majority decision in the landmark Hobby Lobby case integrates several right-wing rollback strategies: expanding corporate power, regulating women’s bodies, and exempting (certain) religious institutions and corporations from anti-discrimination laws. By endowing corporations with religious conscience, the Court doubled down on Citizens United’s legal fiction of “corporate personhood” – AND endorsed the Christian Right’s radical reinterpretation of religious liberty. The agendas of the Christian and corporate Right often advance in tandem like this. In contrast, too often social justice strategies compartmentalize challenges. This session will highlight the Christian Right’s campaign to reinterpret the Constitutional protection against religious persecution into an affirmative right to discriminate in the public sphere and the workplace. We’ll discuss the nuances of the Hobby Lobby case and the implications we’re already seeing, or anticipate in the near future.



    Wednesday, October 22, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

    with Mariya Strauss, Journalist and PRA Research Fellow

    In this time of record income inequality and corporate profits, minimum-wage battles, particularly the numerous fast-food campaigns around the country, have captured the imagination of millions of working people who struggle to get by. With union membership at historic lows, new worker organizations (some union and some not) are leading a resurgence in low-wage worker organizing. But large corporations, industry associations, and their paid shills aim to snuff out the movement before it catches fire—using tactics similar to the ACORN takedown and Planned Parenthood attacks as they seek to discredit, defund, and regulate the entire low-wage organizing sector, made up primarily of women workers.



    Tuesday, December 2, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

    with Rachel Tabachnick, PRA Research Fellow

    Free public education, one of the pillars of our democracy, is under sustained attack by those who aim ultimately to privatize the system. The leading conservative “reform” groups are led by Christian Right donors and strategists, overwhelming state legislatures with “private school choice” bills that divert public dollars into private schools. Many of these private—often Christian—schools use textbooks with sexist, racist, homophobic, and creationist materials. Some of the most vulnerable students, including LGBTQ students and students of color, are increasingly pushed into charter schools that fail to fully support them and are under no obligation to serve all children in a community.

  • Where Are the Prevention and Protection Mechanisms for Women in Iraq?

    Wed, 1 Oct 2014

    For over 26 years, the Global Fund for Women (GFW) has supported women-led grassroots groups to advance the rights of women and girls throughout the world. In times of crisis, these groups are often the best positioned to reach the most vulnerable women and families, to understand the most urgent needs of communities, and to provide aid specifically addressing the needs of women, which often go unnoticed by larger humanitarian entities.

    The United Nations has announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the advance of IS (the Islamic State), and a large part of the Iraqi society is currently under the control of a brutal group.

    Please join us for a special Women Building a Just Peace Circle and GFW co-hosted webinar on this important and emerging crisis. We will hear from Zahra Radwan, GFW’s Middle East North Africa Program Officer who will describe the situation in Iraq and the Global Fund’s priorities in the region. Two Global Fund advisors, Yanar Mohammed, Co-founder and Director of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, and Suzan Aref, Founder and Director of the Women Empowerment Organization, who are currently living in Iraq will join us to discuss the humanitarian crisis and short term needs the citizens, and the long term reconstruction efforts and the effect of the crisis on the women’s movement. 

    We hope you plan to join us for this important and timely call to learn more about how women leaders on the ground are working for peace.

    Members may register on our website. Prospective members or friends from the Global Fund may RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at

  • WDN Connect Conference Preview

    Thu, 9 Oct 2014
    Please join us for a fun call that will preview WDN Connect 2014!  We will discuss the speakers, the format, logistical details, and more.  This is a great way to get your questions answered, especially for first-time conference attendees.

    Prospective members are welcome to attend the call; please RSVP to

    Details for the call will be provided upon RSVP.  We hope you can join us!

  • Houston Regional Meeting

    Tue, 21 Oct 2014

    Texas members have been some of the most enthusiastic supporters of WDN's Reflective Democracy initiative, which is promoting greater participation of the full, diverse American electorate - including women and people of color - in political leadership in the United States.

    The project will communicate in new ways about the urgency of the problem and potential solutions.

    We are pleased to use this daylong program to share exciting new tools created by the project, including a new national database showing the current demographic makeup of elected officials, upcoming political opportunities that should be more widely known, an infographic on the current demographics of Texas elected officials and advice on the most effective messages to use in highlighting the need for a reflective democracy.

    This program is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our work so far to create a reflective democracy, and to network with other smart progressive women donors.

    Please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at

    Lunch will be served. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you RSVP.

    If you know other women donors who may be interested in getting to know WDN, please forward on this invitation! Prospective members are welcome to attend.

    For those traveling to Houston from out of town, the Hotel Zaza is not far from Planned Parenthood, and some members will be staying there. Reservations can be made by calling (888) 880-3244.

    We will also be holding a group dinner at the Monarch Restaurant at the Hotel Zaza on the evening of October 20. If you can join us for dinner, please let Kathleen Andreson know when you RSVP.


    9:30 am Breakfast and Check-In
    10:00 am Presentation of RD products (database, messaging and Texas-specific infographic)
    12:00 pm Lunch
    1:00 pm Speaker TBD
    2:00 pm Texas Member Updates and Work Planning for 2015

  • WDN Connect 2014: Annual Conference

    Thu, 6 Nov 2014

    Imagine and shape the future at WDN CONNECT 2014!

    Join us in Berkeley, California at the Claremont Hotel & Spa for this year's annual conference, from November 6-9. Together we will have a chance to envision what the world could look like in 2030, and the strategic choices WDN needs to make toward this vision. With futurist thinkers and progressive leaders, we'll explore key trends, discuss important opportunities, and strategize collectively about our next steps as a network.

    The conference begins on Thursday, November 6, with registration at 4:00 pm and concludes on Sunday, November 9, at 1:30 pm, after a closing lunch session.

    New and prospective members are encouraged to arrive early for a pre-conference reception at 3:30 pm on Thursday, November 6.

    For updates on our conference program, visit

    Registration for the conference is open to WDN members and prospective members. All sessions and meals are limited to registered conference participants or invited conference contributors, with the exception of Thursday afternoon's Bay Area welcome reception, which will include invited local community activists and partners. Please respect WDN's non-solicitation policy.

    The conference meal package for all attendees is $990 and begins with an opening reception on Thursday afternoon, November 6th, and covers all meals and beverages through lunch on Sunday, November 9th, with the exception of Friday evening's dinner on the town. Friday evening's dinner is not included and is the responsibility of each conference attendee.

    The registration fee for current members is included in annual membership. The registration fee for prospective members is $750 if received by September 15, or $850 thereafter.

    MEMBER RATE: $990 (for the conference meal package)

    PROSPECTIVE MEMBER RATE: $1740 if received by September 15, $1840 thereafter (conference meal package plus registration fee)

    PRE-CONFERENCE MOVEMENT-BUILDING LEARNING LAB (Thursday, November 6, 10 am - 3 pm): $350 if received by September 15, or $400 thereafter

    To reserve your lodging at the Claremont, please call 800-551-7266. Make your reservation by October 3rd and refer to the WDN Annual Conference to receive the discounted rate, subject to room availability. For online reservations, visit this booking link.

    Please refer to the conference registration packet for cancellation policy and additional details.