In more than two decades, the Nevada Women’s Lobby has done some amazing things:
Early after founding in 1989, the Lobby was instrumental in passing the Displaced Homemaker’s bill.
In 1993, we were one of two lead organizations at the center of a fight to repeal Nevada’s discriminatory “infamous crimes against nature” sodomy laws.
During the 1993, 1995 and 1997 legislative sessions, the Lobby worked side-by-side with Planned Parenthood in Nevada to defeat parental notification and parental consent laws.
The Lobby successfully fought for legislation that ensures direct access to a gynecologist, rather than going through a “gatekeeper” general physician first, in 1999.
During the 2001 and 2005 legislative sessions, respectively, the Lobby successfully fought for a raise in the cap on child support payments and an audit of the state child support enforcement and collection agency.
In 2009, our lobbyist helped turn a key vote to override then-Gov. Jim Gibbons’ veto of the domestic partnership registry. Thanks to our work with lawmakers and allied progressive organizations, the registry went into effect in October of that year, making Nevada the 17th state with domestic partnership rights!
In 2011, our lobbyist was able to turn a crucial final vote for the Public Accommodations law, which adds “gender” and “gender expression and identity” to classes protected from discrimination.
And that’s not all we do! Look at some of the amazing programs and events we’ve done in more than two decades of service to Nevada’s women, children and families:
In November 2012, we held a mind-opening event centered on the Miss Representation film. More than 60 members gathered in Reno to watch this inspiring film and in response, joined together in a provocative discussion.
Established Grassroots Lobby Days: This three-day intensive training held during each legislative session empowers participants, who converge on Carson City from all over the state, with the tools they need to become grassroots lobbyists and organizers. Highlights include meeting legislators, demystifying the law-making process, and an esteemed list of past keynote speakers including Shelby Knox, Becky Cain, and Sharon Schuster.
From 1996 to 2007 we presented the Nevada Women’s Summit, a two-day, statewide conference in Las Vegas designed to empower women with a diverse line-up of panels, workshops and nationally recognized speakers including Ms. Foundation for Women CEO Marie Wilson, Congresswoman Barbara Lee from California and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Each legislative session NWL observes Equal Pay Day, by reminding legislators how far into each calendar year a woman has to work to equal the pay of a man.
At the Lobby’s 10th and 20th anniversaries we held the Nevada Women Legislators Hall of Fame, honoring legislators for their outstanding work for women and families.
Starting in 1993 and up to 2005, NWL published the Nevada Women’s Agenda book, which highlights critical problems facing Nevada’s women, children and families.