WASHINGTON, DC- The National Jewish Democratic Council’s (NJDC) Women’s Leadership Network today held its first event in Washington, DC. The event featured a panel discussion on the issues facing women following the 2012 election. Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) and NJDC Chairman’s Council member and former White House Communications Director Ann F. Lewis provided their perspectives as Democratic leaders in the Jewish community while The Jerusalem Post’s Washington Bureau Chief Hilary Krieger provided nonpartisan political analysis.
“I am honored to have been a participant in the inaugural event hosted by the National Jewish Democratic Council’s Women’s Leadership Network,” said Representative Susan Davis (D-CA).“It is critical that Jewish women mobilize across the country in order to protect the progress made under President Barack Obama and to pave the way for more policies that advance women’s rights. NJDC’s Women’s Leadership Network is a significant step that will ensure the voices of female Jewish Democrats are heard.”
NJDC leaders explained the mission, principles, and goals behind NJDC’s Women’s leadership Network during the event.
“We heard a lot about the women’s vote making a difference in the 2012 election for Democratic candidates,” said NJDC Chairman’s Council member and Women’s Leadership Network co-founder former White House Communications Director Ann Lewis. “We have the same dynamic in the Jewish community, with a significant gender gap, reflective of important issues—but too often Jewish women’s voices were left out of the debate. NJDC’s voter contact program spoke to these issues, and highlighted women’s voices. The NJDC Women’s Leadership Network will build on what we learned in 2012 and ensure that Jewish women’s voices are included in the next political campaign.”
“NJDC’s Women’s Leadership Network will highlight the issues that are so important to Jewish women, and ensure recognition of the experience and influence of women that proved so valuable in the last campaign,” added NJDC Executive Committee member and Women’s Leadership Network co-founder Barbara Goldberg Goldman. “The Women’s Leadership network will ultimately build on NJDC’s previous success mobilizing Jewish Americans and augment NJDC’s mission of maximizing Jewish support for Democrats. I and the other Women’s Leadership Network co-founders are very excited that NJDC has a new mechanism to mobilize female Jewish Democrats, and we look forward to starting a conversation in the Jewish community.”