Groups give politics-minded women a chance to get involved

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:54 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

Boone County Federated Republican Women’s Club

Description: The Federated Republican Women’s Club is affiliated with the Missouri Federation of Republican Women and is the largest Republican Women’s Club in the state. The club has been active since the 1930s and has about 125 members. It organizes the annual Boone County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Coming events: meets every second Monday at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant at 11:45 a.m.

For more information: call Sherri Shumard at (573) 673-3303, or visit the club’s Web site

Boone County Women’s Democratic Club

Description: The Women’s Democratic Club is active locally and regionally. From now until the November elections, the group will focus on fund-raising and voter registration. It will also play host to guest speakers. The group discusses pending legislation and other issues affecting the community.

Coming events: Meets every third Thursday

For more information: call (573) 474-8602, or visit the club’s Web site

Capital Women’s Political Caucus

Description: The caucus was recently reactivated and has chapters in Kan-sas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City. Chapters are affiliated with the state and national Women’s Political Caucus. It recruits and supports progressive female candidates.

For more information: call Diane Peters at (573) 690-9416 or e-mail

Columbia-Boone County League of Women Voters

Description: The league seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The league is a grass-roots citizen

network, directed by the consensus of its members across the country. It is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose candidates at any level. Member-ship is open to men and women of voting age.

Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m.: Tour of the new Columbia/Boone County health facility.

Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.: Friends Room, Columbia Public Library. County offices candidate forum and Propositions 1 and 2.

Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.: Friends Room, Columbia Public Library. State offices can-didate forum and energy Proposition 3.

For more information: Write to Columbia-Boone County League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 7245, Columbia, Mo., 65205, call (573) 443-8964 or visit the league’s Web site

ERA Campaign Missouri

Description: ERA Campaign Missouri is a nonpartisan task force of the Missouri Women’s Network. Its goal is to elect officials who will support passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and other issues important to most women. The organization is involved in the political process as a political action com-mittee and endorses progressive candidates. It seeks to establish local affiliates throughout Missouri.

For more information: E-mail or visit the campaign’s Web site:

Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition

Description: Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition is a nonpartisan pro-gressive group that provides candidate training for women running for public office and training for women wishing to become involved in the political process. The coalition is also involved in issue advocacy.

For more information: Call Rebecca Richardson at (816) 444-4360, e-mail or visit the coalition’s Web site:

Missouri Women’s Network

Description: The Missouri Women’s Network is a coalition of about 50 women’s organizations and works to further women’s rights in Missouri. It also provides individual memberships. The network was founded in the 1980s and grew out of the organizations in the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition. When the ERA was not ratified in 1982, these organizations founded the net-work.

Coming events: Legislative retreat in January

For more information: E-mail

Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

Description: The institute is a nonpartisan educational organization out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Its goal is to promote the education and involvement of women in policy-related fields. It offers campaign schools for female candidates.

Coming events: Check the Web site calendar.

For more information: call (314)516-4727 or visit the institute’s Web site,

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