Shoreline woman honored by Women's Political Caucus

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gretchen Atkinson, Doris McConnell
By Linda Mitchell, Women's Political Caucus

Every year, many women across Washington state work hard to ensure that women win campaigns and are represented equally in political leadership roles. They make phone calls; they go door-to-door; they manage assets; they provide the support and important encouragement. These women are the backbone of so many successful campaigns, but oftentimes remain behind the scenes – the unsung heroines. On Sunday, December 11th, they were honored at the Heroines of 2011 Award Ceremony, a reception hosted by the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington.

The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington is a multi-partisan grassroots membership organization dedicated to engaging women in the political process and increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels of government. Its mission is to identify, mentor, educate and support women leaders in the community who demonstrate a commitment to women's economic and social equality and reproductive freedom.

In the weeks before the event, women nominated an outstanding "heroine"  -- a woman who was indispensable to their campaign - to be publicly honored by the NWPC. The event featured about 20 strong and hard-working women, each leaders in their own right and each furthering the values of the NWPC in their own way. 

Despite being from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, the Campaign Heroines all shared an unwavering dedication not only to the campaigns they served on, but also to the women candidates themselves. While technical management and assistance was undoubtedly recognized, nearly every woman spoke of the emotional support and friendship their Campaign Heroines provided to them over the course of the campaign. 

For instance, in recognizing the Honorable Val Ogden, Representative Sharon Wylie of the 49th legislative district in Clark County, commented: “Val’s support, friendship and faith in me inspire me to be the best public servant I can be”.  

Shoreline City Council Member Doris McConnell said of her heroine, Gretchen Atkinson, "Gretchen is a dedicated Shoreline woman who has managed or been involved in one city council race or another for many elections. This year, she also assisted Robin McClellan's campaign." She  refers to Ms. Atkinson as "truly one of our unsung heroines."

“This is our favorite event of the year”, said event co-chair, Sharon Paige. “The stories that candidates tell when honoring their heroines are so inspirational, we are pleased to be able to provide this well-deserved recognition to women who are making a difference!”

Each campaign heroine received a certificate with the words of their nominator, a wine glass commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Washington, and a one-year membership in the NWPC.


Susan W,  December 22, 2011 at 10:52 PM  

Congratulations, Gretchen! You have shown so much community spirit over the years, it is good to see you recognized for this area of hard work you do year in and year out. You're an inspiration.

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