In December 2016, after the presidential election and before the inauguration, a group of nine women, some strangers, some acquaintances and some friends, got together to discuss the current political issues about which we were most concerned.
We came from neighboring towns, had children of all different ages, vastly different careers and backgrounds, some were American born, others foreign, we came from different points on the political spectrum and we all have very different personalities. But one deep connection that we shared was our growing concern over the view and treatment of women in our country. We wanted to protect a woman’s right to choose and protect access to reproductive health care for all women, especially women with less economic privilege. Based upon this powerful unifying concern, we created our agenda and formed STANTON STRONG.
We are named in honor of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a pre-eminent suffragist who lived and worked in our local area of Tenafly, NJ. We are inspired by her life’s work and we plan to continue her fight for women’s rights, for equality and for the fair treatment of all women. We are non-partisan and focus on educating, advocating, and fundraising to both protect and empower women.
There has been an on-going attack on women by government policies to restrict women’s health care rights across the country. It has been a slow, deliberate plan that has turned into a full-fledged assault on reproductive healthcare. From the intent to cut “family planning” funding at the federal level, to the creation of TRAP laws at the state level restricting a woman’s access to safe abortion, lawmakers are whittling away women’s reproductive rights.
We are both angry and inspired. We are angered by the growing depth of legal and structural hostility toward a woman’s right to choose and access the reproductive health care she needs, especially poor women, and we are inspired by the growing number of advocates and activists who are educating themselves and getting more involved to protect a woman’s right to choose.
The mission we are on is critical; we must educate, mobilize, and defend the reproductive rights of all women, of all ethnicities and socio-economic statuses.