Advocacy Committee Report | October 2018

2019 Legislative Plans Are Underway

The WDC Advocacy Committee has started planning for the upcoming legislative year. The Committee will focus on State and County legislation that is directly relevant to women and their families in six Priority Issues Areas - Aging, Affordable Housing, Children and Youth, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Health, and Working Families.

WDC will be presenting testimony on its State legislative priorities at the November 14 Montgomery County State Delegation priorities hearing. All are welcome to attend this hearing that starts at 7pm in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room of the Stella Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville. The 2019 Maryland State Legislative Session convenes on January 10.

To help advocate for WDC’s priorities, please sign up to be part of WDC’s Advocacy Alert Team. The more of our members who take action by phoning or emailing a legislator, the more effective WDC will be in its advocacy efforts. Specific information is provided in each Advocacy Alert.

Register Now for MLAW Fall Legislative Conference, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore

Saturday November 17, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

WDC is a member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW). MLAW’s annual Fall Legislative Conference “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally…What Rights are at Stake at the Federal Level and What Maryland Can do to Protect Them” provides an opportunity to hear State legislators and advocacy groups discuss their goals and priorities. An afternoon Advocacy 101 workshop is also offered for those interested in learning how to be an effective grassroots lobbyist. For more information and to register, click here.


Are you interested in getting more involved with our WDC Advocacy efforts? Do you have some time to research and take the lead on specific legislation? Our Committee has a number of vacancies. Our advocacy work is limited by the number of our members. Please Contact Ginger Macomber, Advocacy Committee Co-Chair at if you are interested in helping with any of the following:

  • Aging Issues Committee Chair

  • Affordable Housing Issues Committee Co-chair and Committee Members

  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety Issues Committee Members

  • Working Families Issues Committee Members