Even in California, Democratic women must overcome political hurtles.

Even in California, Democratic women must overcome political hurtles.

NEWHALL, Calif. — Diane Trautman remembers a time when “hardened attitudes” existed toward female candidates in Southern California, including the notion “that women don’t have the brain power or the stamina … to really be effective leaders.”

Fast forward to the present.

“We still kind of see that treatment from people locally, but that’s changing as well,” said Trautman, a Democrat who challenged Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon in the 25th District in 1996. Facing an incumbent with a campaign war chest 15 times the size of her own, she lost by 29 points... Read more here.

Declaration on Democratic Party Endorsement of Candidates Issued in response to the DCCC’s Policy Supporting Anti-Choice Candidates

The Democratic Women of Monterey County believe every woman and girl has the right to make decisions about her body, her health and her future. True equality cannot be achieved without access to safe, legal, abortion.
Yet the Democratic National Committee has dropped its decades-old policy of endorsing only pro-choice candidates. Electeds who would allow the criminalization of abortion in the United States would put women’s lives and health at risk...


When the T.V. adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s seminal 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale began streaming on Hulu last month, many were quick to draw parallels between the Donald Trump administration and the fictional theocracy that controls the United States in the book and show. 

To Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher, the team behind the new documentary Birthright: A War Story, which tracks the rapid swell of abortion restrictions in the U.S., those comparisons are entirely justified. Their documentary explores the myriad ways that the pro-life movement has worked to roll back access to abortion for women in the U.S. and to put the rights of the fetus, rather than the pregnant woman, first.

Senator Harris Statement on  President Trump's Budget

Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018:

"At its core, this budget is a cruel betrayal of the middle class and threatens our ability to ensure basic public safety, public health, and public education. This budget makes clear the values of this Administration: it prioritizes those at the top, while leaving working families and the middle class high and dry.

From Hillary Clinton - ONWARD TOGETHER!

Over the last few months, we've seen something remarkable: From the Women's March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before.

I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy.

Kimberly Ellis Has a Message For You

Today, many Democrats face a difficult quandary in our red and purple districts: back an anti-choice Democrat, alienate women and ditch our core values, or leave the field to the Republicans. It's time we create another option. It's time we build the bench.

We, as a Party, are solely responsible for this quagmire. It's time for us to stop pointing fingers at each other, and instead look in the mirror and ask, "What have we personally done to help build the bench of pro-choice candidates in local office?" If the answer is "don't know, can't remember, or nothing"; well, let's stop talking about it - let's be about it.

Senator Warren has a new message for Donald Trump

Senator Elizabeth Warren has a new message for Donald Trump.

Will you watch and share this video of Sen. Warren making the case that the American people deserve to see Trump's tax returns and get the truth about what he's hiding?
Who pays Donald Trump? Who is getting rich off his presidency? Whose interests is he really working for? And what's he hiding? Those are some of the questions Senator Warren lays out and that we all deserve answers to. 

A Message from Millions 4 Roe

Legal and safe abortion and birth control hangs by a razor-thin margin in the U.S. Supreme Court. If Roe is reversed, the right to privacy—the right for women to make their own medical decisions in consultation with a doctor on abortion and birth control—will be gone. In other words, male-dominated state legislatures and Congress will make reproductive decisions for women. We must build the will for Senators to filibuster any anti-reproductive rights nominee to the Supreme Court.

Join millions in urging Senate leaders to filibuster anti-Roe Supreme Court nominees, and tell Washington we won’t go back!

Susan Meister Does It Again!

Terrific article in the Monterey Herald by Susan Meister on "the puppet at the podium." Susan is a DWMC member and the coordinator of Indivisible Monterey County.

"Watching Sean Spicer’s daily White House briefing is seeing both the next “Saturday Night Live” parody and the deepening torture of a man who was at one time regarded as a capable member of the press. He seems to have readily embraced the role of shill for a discredited president who regularly substitutes facts for outright lies..."

California Trusts Women!

Donald Trump and his anti-choice allies are obsessed with defunding Planned Parenthood and making abortion and contraception all but impossible to access. If they cut off federal funding to reproductive health-care centers, it could jeopardize care for many Californians. We aren't going to sit back while our fundamental rights are threatened. So NARAL is launching a campaign to create a license plate with a simple message: "California Trusts Women."