By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Thursday, September 29, Sally’s List will host Move the Needle, an event to support the organization, and honor past, present, and future women leaders. The evening will highlight the organizations efforts to help “move the needle” forward for women’s representation.
The fundraiser will take place at the Hart Building, 726 W. Sheridan Avenue, in Oklahoma City from 7 to 9 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.
Proceeds from the event will go to support Sally’s List, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded to recruit, train and help elect progressive women to public office in Oklahoma.
“Women make up 51 percent of Oklahoma’s population, but only 14 percent of the state legislature,” said Kendra Horn, Sally’s List Executive Director. “We [Oklahoma] are currently 48th in women’s representation. We recruit women who know the importance of supporting public education, healthcare, a strong economy, and core government services.”
“Sally’s List knows we can and should change this,” Horn continued. “We are committed to doing our part by recruiting and preparing more women to run for office in Oklahoma.”
Horn added, “Women’s voices have been severely underrepresented in policy-making. It’s time to change the face of politics in Oklahoma. It’s time to move the needle towards equal representation.”
The event will feature a silent auction and raffle with bids and prices based on noteworthy achievements and dates for women throughout history, organizers said.
This year the event will include several speakers. “We are highlighting our candidates and current lawmakers,” Horn said.
“This event honors the 96 years since the 19th amendment was signed. It recognizes the additional 45 years it took for women of color to get the right to vote with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and the work that countless women have done to move the needle throughout history,” Horn added.
“We know equal representation doesn’t happen overnight, and that it will take time and dedicated effort to affect change,” she said. “We also know that when the government reflects the citizens it serves, everyone benefits. Move the Needle is about all women and the value they bring to the table in policy-making, governing, and serving their communities.”
This year ten Sally’s List trained candidates will be on the general election ballot on November 8.
These women are: Meloyde Blancett, House District 78, Tulsa; Carol Bush, HD-70, Tulsa; Rhonda Cox, Senate District 5, Peggs; Liz George, HD-32, Blanchard; Dianna Phillips, HD-86, Sand Springs; Macy Gleason, HD-39, Mannford; Leah Pollan, SD 43, South Norman; Elizabeth Larios, HD-54, Moore; Lori Decter Wright, HD-67, Tulsa; and Misty Warfield, HD-82, Deer Creek.
With its largest class of candidates to date, and its advocacy work for Equal Pay (HB 2929), Sally’s List has moved the needle quite a bit in 2016, say advocates of the organization.
In addition, Sally’s List is already preparing candidates for 2018. “We are in this for the long haul,” Horn stated. “ We know that women who run for office change their communities, redefine what’s possible and realign priorities. They change the world.”
Sally’s List invites the public to join them in moving the needle in women’s representation. Tickets can be purchased for $96 at http://sallyslist.nationbuilder.com/_move_the_needle.
Move the Needle sponsorships for individuals and businesses are also available. Event packages include marketing, promotional items and tickets to the event. More information on sponsor level packages can be found on the organization’s website.
Since 2010, Sally’s List has prepared candidates and campaign staff to run viable campaigns, and has advocated for change in Oklahoma.
To learn more about Move The Needle or for more information, visit www.sallyslist.org