The ability to vote, run for office, and connect with our elected leaders are fundamental to the functioning of our democracy. The Maine Women’s Policy Center works to engage more women in the process in several ways:
- Register women to vote;
- Encourage women to vote and help make sure they know where, when, and how to make their voices heard at the ballot box;
- Provide information about the issues and candidates that appear on our statewide ballot through candidate questionnaires, candidate forums, and other resources;
- Empower women to talk with candidates and elected officials about the issues that matter in their lives; and
- Provide information on our four focus areas for candidates and elected officials;
- Other opportunities for engagement as they arise.
Check out Election 2016: Your Roadmap to Voting.
Girls’ Day at the State House
For two decades, the Maine Women’s Policy Center has brought 100 eighth grade girls from across the state to Augusta to learn about the importance of women’s leadership and how public policy decisions are made. Girls participate in hands-on activities like a mock public hearing, a mock floor debate in the House Chamber, and a scavenger hunt. They also meet with women leaders currently serving in elected office and learn about how to be advocates for the issues they care about.
“Girls should know that they can be leaders, too, and that they have a chance to speak up for what they believe.” –Diana, Glenburn
“I learned a lot today about how powerful women can be.” –Alison, Etna
Linda Smith Dyer Fellowship
Linda Smith Dyer was one of the original founders of the Maine Women’s Lobby in 1978 and she was a model for Maine girls and women. A program of the Maine Women’s Policy Center, the Linda Smith Dyer Fellowship was founded to advance Linda’s strong example of public policy and public interest work by law students at her alma mater, the University of Maine School of Law. Linda Smith Dyer Fellows provide sophisticated research and advanced analysis on policy related to women and girls.