First Blue Ribbon Lobby Day a Success

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On a very busy day at the capitol on Tuesday, over 400 advocates for women met with their respective elected officials and other democratic leaders to show their support for issues like women's healthcare, funding for public education, Medicaid expansion, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay in Texas.

Their website states:

Blue Ribbon Lobby Day is different from most other advocacy days because it's organized by, for and in support of Texas women. As Democratic and progressive women, we know that many in the Texas Legislature prefer to play politics with women's lives over finding real-life solutions to important issues such as public education, insuring more Texans (our children especially) and making sure all women have access to essential healthcare. On Blue Ribbon Lobby Day, we'll celebrate the lawmakers who fight for us and put the other ones on notice: Texas women are united, we're watching, and we're keeping score.

The movement stemmed from the history of Republican women lobbying the capitol every year wearing red. This year Democratic men and women from all across the state, knowing now more than ever that their voice needs to be heard in the Pink Dome, decided to show up in full blue force.

The best news is this is just the beginning. The organizing effort for the Blue Ribbon Lobby Day is going to continue to provide opportunities for women to get involved at the Capitol, because after the large response they had, it is clear that Texas women are ready to have their voices heard.

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Chaille Jolink

Chaille Jolink was born and raised in Austin, Texas and has more than a decade of experience working in Texas politics. Her interest began when she was a Senate Messenger in 2003, and she's since worked for several different legislators and candidates. She started reporting in 2007 for, and has been a contributor to several different publications. Chaille is a graduate of the University of Texas and enjoys fashion, baseball, and playing any team sport. Chaille tweets @ChailleMcCann.

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