“In the heart of the American Midwest, three women take on entrenched political systems in their fight to reshape local politics on their own terms. ‘Represent’ is equal parts personal and political, journeying on and off the campaign trail to tell the stories of female candidates from vastly different communities, support systems, and political parties. The politics may be local, but for these women, the stakes are high.”
Register for free now to receive a link to stream the film at your convenience from March 5-6. Then, your free registration also allows you to join us on Monday, March 7, 7-8 PM on Zoom for a film discussion. We’re interested to hear your thoughts on the ups and downs of running for office, as well as whether you think we have similar circumstances in our local races here in Colorado.
Then, meet us on Wednesday, March 9, 4-7 PM at the McNichols Events Center in Denver at the Women Powering Change Expo. This inspiring event brings together community members, leaders, activists, volunteers and philanthropists with nearly 100 Colorado-based organizations to showcase what women are doing to catalyze social change locally and globally to create a better world. This will be an expo-style event where you can come meet community leaders and learn what is being done in Colorado, and explore how you can also be a part of it all.
Admission to the expo is free (with donations also accepted) and you can use this EventBrite link to register.
Want to see the whole list of Week of Women events? Look here.
We look forward to seeing you at the “Represent” film discussion or at the expo!
The volunteers of Colorado 50-50 are proud to present “Winning With Women” on Thursday, November 18. The event will happen on Zoom beginning at 6 PM.
The purpose of the event is to demystify the process for running for office and we do it in two parts.
The first part is a panel discussion of elected women officials who will share how they decided to run for office, what was involved in campaigning, and what it is like to serve. This panel will highlight what it is like to run as a woman of color in Colorado. Our panelists are:
State Representative Yadira Caraveo
State Representative Naquetta Ricks
Aurora City Council Candidate Becky Hogan
Colorado 50-50 volunteer Maia Yang, who serves on our Asian American Pacific Islander Committee, is looking forward to hearing from the panelists.
“As a woman of color, it’s exciting to see myself represented in politics,” she said. “It opens the door for me to envision a world where I, too, could run and win.”
The second part of “Winning With Women” is an intentional networking session where participants will have opportunities to speak in small groups. We hope you will encourage women to attend who should take their next steps in leadership. In the Zoom breakout rooms will be elected women officials, women who are curious about running, and those who want to support women running.
Given current demographics, there should be four members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (or AAPI) community in the Legislature, yet now we have zero! We’re working to change that. Almost a year ago, Colorado 50-50 brought together a group of volunteers specifically interested in seeing more AAPI women in elected office.
Please join us on Saturday, July 17, 10 AM – 12 PM at our Summer Social where you will meet other fabulous people who are interested in promoting AAPI women in leadership!
We will be having coffee and donuts at Quail Creek Park pavilion, 2300 W. 138th Ave., in Broomfield. Suggested $10 donation to cover event costs.
We’re excited to be joined by speakers: * former State Senate President Stan Matsunaka * Erie Town Councilor Sara Loflin * Thornton City Council candidate Kate Miya
Special guests include: * Broomfield Interim Mayor Guyleen Castriotta * Broomfield City Councilor Laurie Anderson
Have fun discussing politics and policy. Meet women elected officials and candidates. Bring your checkbook in case you meet some you would like to support financially. Get connected with people working on campaigns, hear what campaigns are like, and discover volunteer opportunities.
An RSVP via Eventbrite would be greatly appreciated so we order the right number of donuts. Come hang out with us!
Colorado has zero Asian-American and Pacific Islander (or AAPI) people in the Legislature and – if you wanted a number that reflected the population – there should be four. We’re working to change that. Almost a year ago, Colorado 50-50 brought together a group of volunteers specifically interested in seeing more AAPI women in elected office.
Please join us on Saturday, July 17, 10 AM – 12 PM at our Summer Social where you will meet other fabulous people who are interested in promoting AAPI women in leadership! We will be having coffee and donuts at a park pavilion in Broomfield. Location details coming soon. Suggested $10 donation to cover event costs.
Have fun discussing politics and policy. Meet women elected officials and candidates. Bring your checkbook in case you meet some you would like to support financially. Get connected with people working on campaigns, hear what campaigns are like, and discover volunteer opportunities. Come hang out with us!
An RSVP would be greatly appreciated so we can get the right number of donuts!
Colorado 50-50 presents a Friday, Oct. 4 event that will help demystify the process of running for office. Event organizers hope the panel discussion followed by networking will encourage more women to become candidates. The event – called Winning With Women – is being put on by Colorado 50-50, a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens that wants to promote gender parity in public life.
“When women run for office, they win just as often as men win,” said Colorado 50-50 Founder Erin Hottenstein. “So why aren’t more women in office? Because they don’t run.”
“Once women are in office, they’re good for the system,” she continued. “They seek more citizen input. They tend to facilitate and encourage cooperation.”
Joining the panel discussion will be Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette, former Republican State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, and Democratic State Representative Leslie Herod. DeGette was elected to Congress in 1996, continues to serve, and is running again in 2020. She is one of only four women in Colorado history to have served in Congress. Coffman was elected in 2014 and served four years, during which time she ran for governor. She is only one of two women in Colorado history to have served as Attorney General. Herod was elected to the state house in 2016, where she continues to serve. She was the first LGBTQ African-American to be elected to the state legislature.
After speaking at a Winning With Women training, former Fort Collins Mayor Susan Kirkpatrick shared, “When women are elected to public office, they get things done. Research suggests that women perceive and use power differently than men do. There are benefits to communities when women participate in public policy making.”
The panel discussion will be followed by a networking session, which organizers hope will foster new connections among women who are curious about running and people who want to support women running for office.
Winning With Women takes place on Friday, Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m., at Lindsay Auditorium in Sturm Hall, University of Denver, 2000 E. Asbury, Denver, CO, 80208. Tickets are free for students with student ID, $15 regular admission, or higher amounts to cover students and support Colorado 50-50. Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite. Light refreshments will be served.
Childcare will be available for a small fee, provided that an RSVP is received by Oct.1. Scholarships are available. Please contact Erin Hottenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paid parking is widely available at the DU campus. Lots 317 and 321 are closest to Sturm Hall; please see the campus parking map for more information. Guests can pay for parking in the visitor lots from their smart phones with the Park Mobile App. DU also has its own Light Rail stop located on the E-F-H lines.
Colorado 50-50 was thrilled that 50 women attended the #RunAsYouAre2019 training in Denver on May 18, 2019. We partnered again with Vote Run Lead – and this year we were one of 20 locations offering the training on the same day.
It was a powerful full-day campaign training. The women learned that they are qualified to run for office and explored how their life experiences will make them effective elected officials. They learned how to kickstart their campaigns with concrete actions that will make them successful on the campaign trail. They also had time to connect and network with other Colorado women who were on the same path.
“I appreciated that the event brought together women from both sides of the political world with a common goal to inspire and empower more women to run,” said participant Tara Eveland. “It isn’t often in today’s political climate that we come together to support and uplift one another.”
Another participant, Princess Mack, said she welcomed “the space to run for a political position being authentically yourself.”
We want to express our appreciation to those who generously donated to make #RunAsYouAre2019 possible. The donors who supported the training, including scholarships and stipends, are the Soeurs de Coeur Fund and the Geri Brown Memorial Fund, both of which are donor-advised funds held at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
Colorado 50-50 is partnering again with Vote Run Lead to bring the Run As You Are training to Colorado. The full-day campaign training for women will be held on Saturday, May 18, at the WeWork location in downtown Denver.
This year’s training is especially exciting because it is part of Vote Run Lead’s National Day of Training being held in 18 cities around the country. As the United States’s largest and most diverse national women’s training organization, Vote Run Lead is uniquely positioned to train women to run as they are.
Joining the Denver team are State Senator Faith Winter, State Representative Dominique Jackson and Community Organizer Erin Hottenstein.
Are you wondering if you should attend? Yes – if you have ever been curious about running for office. Yes – if you know you are going to run in 2019, 2020, or the next five years. Yes – if you are volunteering for a woman candidate and you want to know more about campaigns. Yes – if you would like to learn campaign nuts and bolts and then find a woman candidate to help.
#RunAsYouAre2019 will not only be inspiring and uplifting, but chock-full of practical information and steps you can take to run a successful campaign. You will also spend the day with a room full of incredible and dynamic women.
A big thank you to everyone who came out for our Spring Social at Lady Justice Brewing in Denver! It was great meeting women elected officials, candidates, surrogates for candidates, and the folks who want to see more women in leadership. Our gratitude goes out to our special guests: State Senator Julie Gonzales, former Colorado Speaker of the House and U.S. Congress candidate Crisanta Duran, Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech, U.S. Senate candidate Danielle Kombo, U.S. Senate candidate Lorena Garcia, U.S. Senate candidate Trish Zornio, Denver mayoral candidate Kalyn Heffernan and Denver City Council candidate Christine Alonzo.
Please join us for a casual networking event with women elected officials and candidates. Our special guests include former Speaker of the Colorado House and current Congressional candidate Crisanta Duran, State Representative Yadira Caraveo, current U.S. Senate candidate Lorena Garcia, current U.S. Senate candidate Danielle Kombo, and State Senator Julie Gonzales.
The event is free! You buy your own brew. Donations supporting the work of Colorado 50-50 will be gladly accepted. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 28, 6-8 PM, at Lady Justice Brewing, 3845 Lipan St., in Denver.
To RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/371918456873033/