Ms. Magazine for Wyoming

Note: Any funds received over our goal will be donated to Wyoming non-profits that empower women and if we go way above our goal we will potentially subscribe some county and municipal legislators. Thank you!

Vision:
to raise awareness of women’s issues in Wyoming and begin a conversation with our elected officials. We are fundraising to subscribe our elected officials to Ms. magazine for two years to help in the conversation.

Who will be subscribed to Ms. through this campaign?
Every single Wyoming state house representative (60) and state senator (30), top state elected officials including: the Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and State Treasurer, as well as the Wyoming Attorney General. And federally: our two senators and one representative. Each will also receive our letter of intent (see below).

What is Ms. magazine?
Ms. has been the voice of women and politics since 1971. It has an expansive and inclusive outlook on issues both nationally and internationally. We think Ms. will be a wonderful tool for legislators both experienced and inexperienced in lobbying for women.
About Ms: msmagazine.com/blog/about/

Why does Wyoming need awareness raising?
Wyoming has the largest gender pay gap in the country, the smallest percentage of women in its state legislature, and is among the costliest for spending on childcare in relation to income. It faces continuing cuts in publicly funded family planning and women’s health services. Wyoming mandates only the bare federal minimum wage and offers only the unpaid family and medical leave required by the federal government. Health care and insurance are expensive and are often inaccessible to single mothers and low-income women.

Who is a part of the campaign to get Ms. to Wyoming?
This campaign was started by a nonpartisan grassroots group of women's advocates living in Sublette County, Wyoming. We invite our fellow Wyomingites (women and men) to join us by adding their signatures to the letter of intent  (donation not necessary, use contact link on this page).

How will your gift be used?
To purchase 99, 2-year Ms. magazine subscriptions.
Postage, paper and printing of our letters.
Campaign gifts.
Cover gofundme.com fees.
Any money raised beyond our goals will be used to further organizations that advocate for women in the state of Wyoming.

We are grateful for your support!

(we will ask for your size at the end of the campaign!)


We will be truly honored to have your gift of support and appreciate you sharing with us in our effort. We plan to raise funds for 4 weeks. We are offering gifts for various donation levels that include a sticker postcard (pink on clear), blank "Bring the Promise of Equality" postcards, and a T-shirt printed in Laramie (pink on black).

Letter of Intent to be sent to all legislators:

Dear [Legislator Name],

We write as a group of Wyoming women interested in starting a conversation about equality in the state. To begin, we are sending you a two-year subscription to Ms. magazine. The magazine will provide you with an important perspective on the issues faced by women in the nation and state today. We are concerned that Wyoming legislators have too often ignored women. We ask you to write and support better legislation to improve the lives of half our population, half of your constituents.

Wyoming has the largest gender pay gap in the country, the smallest percentage of women in its state legislature, and is among the costliest for spending on childcare in relation to income. It faces continuing cuts in publicly funded family planning and women’s health services. Wyoming mandates only the bare federal minimum wage and offers only the unpaid family and medical leave required by the federal government. Health care and insurance are expensive and are often inaccessible to single mothers and low-income women.

Of the population entering the workforce nationwide, women are earning the most college degrees and adding high value to their communities; how will you attract and retain these women? As Wyoming moves forward with planning its future, where are women in your plans?  Will you craft better legislation to bring us to our “Equality State” promise?

Finally, we ask you; can Wyoming afford to ignore women? We think not.

Respectfully,

Signatures (this list is growing): (Wyoming resident? Add yours! Contact us. Use the contact link on this page; no donation necessary.)
Isabel Rucker, Pinedale
Michelle Humber, Pinedale
Rachel Martinez, Cheyenne
Cherokee Brown, Wind River Indian Reservation
Sam Case, Laramie
Sarah Hunt, Pinedale
Robena Downie, Pinedale
Ana Cuprill, Pinedale
Doris Woodbury, Pinedale
Joni Mack, Pinedale
Karen Moulton, Pinedale
Tessa Miller, Pinedale
Emily Siegel, Laramie
Jana Weber, Pinedale
Jackie Downie, Pinedale
Roger Weber, Pinedale
Mary SimBarcelos, Pinedale
Donni Toth, Pinedale
Kathleen Petersen, Pinedale
Bev Sharp, Pinedale
Jacque Moran Strike, Pinedale
Joseph Debebe, Pinedale
Paul Rock, Pinedale
Arthur Kolis, Pinedale
Justin Archimede, Pinedale
Lora Hittle, Pinedale
Mary Lynn Worl, Pinedale
Ann Evenson-McNerney, Pinedale
Zeenie Scholz, Jackson
June Glasson, Laramie
Reilly Dibner, Laramie
Jack Hunter, Pinedale
Jan Allen, Boulder
Michael McFarland, Boulder
Gilly McFarland, Boulder
Amber Robbins, Pinedale
Delsa Allen, Pinedale
Martha Ptasnik, Pinedale
Cynthia Hartung, Laramie
Kat McConnell, Pinedale
Jeanne Brown, Pinedale
Meghann Durbrow Smith, Pinedale
Bettina Sparrowe, Daniel
Ted Porwoll, Pinedale
Janel Scurlock, Pinedale
Rachel Weksler, Pinedale
Gail Fustos, Pinedale
Andrea Paulsen, Pinedale
Dave Hohl, Pinedale
Patricia Washburn, Pinedale
Kevin Wilson, Lander
Karen Fernsten, Pinedale
Lori Brand, Cheyenne
Kathy Sandmeier, Boulder
Brittany Chavez, Pinedale
Kelsey Smith, Pinedale
Jesi Crawford, Lander
Tara Muir, Pinedale
Katie Sloan, Rock Springs
Nicole Wittig, Cheyenne
Ted Porwoll, Pinedale
Marcy Mitchell, Pinedale
Cheyenne Stewart, Pinedale
Tesa Manning, Pinedale
Kendra Cross, Pinedale
Susan Kramer, Pinedale
Susan Barney, Big Piney
Andrea Shipley,  Powell
Sandy Shuptrine, Jackson
Kirsten Britain, Lander
Kortney Booth Clark, Evanston
Pamela Tyler, Pinedale
Chris Lowry, Laramie
Zoe White, Pinedale
Cindi Smith, Pinedale
Allison Clemmer, Daniel
Christy Lev, Rock Springs
Rene LaBare, Jackson
Laura Wanek, Jackson
Lori Bowdler, Jackson
Cindy Castillo, Jackson
Jane Ifland, Casper
MJ Kleven , Pinedale
Jenn Burton, Pinedale

Press Inquiries:
We would be happy to speak to the press. Please contact us by email using the contact link on this page.

All logos designed by Georgia Rucker Design , (c)2017
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In case you missed it….read these previous updates by clicking the Updates tab above.

Update #9: We passed our goal! announcement.

Update #8: Video interview with Michelle Humber on the high costs of childcare in Wyoming and balancing that with keeping a career.

Update #7: Ms. magazine blog post written by Isabel Rucker explaining why we started this campaign.

Update #6: Wonder Cuffs donated by Isabel Jewelry to benefit the campaign.

Update #5: News article covering this campaign in Planet Jackson Hole.

Update #4: Video interview with Sarah Hunt of Sublette County SAFV Task Force

Update #3: Wyoming Women Rise founder Samantha Case explains her new non-profit that will train women to run for political office.

Update #2: Video introduction and tour of a Ms. magazine with Isabel Rucker

Update #1: Kick off announcement by Isabel Rucker
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Organizer

Isabel Rucker 
Organizer
Pinedale, WY