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Janae Stracke

SCOTUS Update: On the Ground in Iowa

By | Blog, Kennedy, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS, Vacancy | No Comments

This week, Concerned Women for America of Iowa were in Webster County and Fayette County to attend Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) first town hall meetings since Justice Kennedy announced his resignation. As expected, this was a big issue at the meeting. Our National Field Director, Janae Stracke, and Field Coordinator, Amelia Koehn, who also happen to be from Iowa, were able to attend the meetings and speak on behalf of our thousands of members, some of whom were also at the meetings.

Both meetings were standing room only due to the large crowds of people. Janae shared that she must have chosen to sit right where the recruited planned parenthood supporters were sitting because they seemed to be all around her. Several of them stood to speak in support of abortion and expressed their fear of losing so-called “reproductive rights” in relation to the new supreme court vacancy.

However, when Janae stood and thanked Sen. Grassley for his fair and balanced work as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encouraged him to see President Trump’s nominee through a fair and evenhanded process, the crowd’s agreement was obvious. They erupted in applause after Janae spoke, showing their support for CWA’s stance rather than the fear-tactics of Planned Parenthood. Janae’s comments set off a chain reaction and several other attendees then went on to speak in favor of Sen. Grassley seeing Trump’s upcoming nominee through a smooth and fair process.

At the meeting the next morning, both Janae and Amelia were able to speak in support of Sen. Grassley and after the meeting, a handful of other audience members approached them to thank her for speaking. Janae was also able to speak to Iowa Public Radio.

This is just the beginning! Throughout this confirmation process, Concerned Women for America will continue to encourage, equip, and mobilize people all across the country. We invite you to join us!

CWA Field: Equipping the Next Generation

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Penny Nance joined CWA of South Carolina, State Director Tonya Shellnutt in Greenville, South Carolina, this week to equip the next generation.  With over 40 women in attendance, ranging from college students to moms and grandmas, it was a wonderful and multi-generational collection of female leaders. The event focused on how each of us, no matter our age or season in life, are living our Esther moment.

Penny shared that now, more than ever, we need to be courageous and brave while speaking up with a redemptive message. Each one of us has a place in equipping the next generation regardless of our age.

CWA’s collegiate arm, Young Women for America, was introduced and received with enthusiasm. The girls attending who are currently enrolled in college were excited about getting chapters started on their own college campuses.  Every attendee received a free copy of Penny’s book, Feisty & Feminine, a Rallying Cry for Conservative Women, an empowering tool for new student leaders.

The event concluded with a wonderful time of prayer for CWA, YWA and Penny.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Feisty & Feminine Workshop, feel free to contact us!

CWA State Organizations are hard at work

By | Blog, California, Georgia, Maine, News and Events | No Comments

January has brought a new year, and state legislatures across the country have started to convene. The 2018 sessions have already presented new challenges to the Biblical principles we value, but our state directors are already working diligently and strategically. Specifically, CWA of Georgia, California, and Maine have taken strong positions on several important bills which would positively or negatively impact their states.

The Georgia General Assembly convened on January 8, and CWA of Georgia’s State Director Tanya Ditty has made it a priority to monitor religious freedom, marijuana cultivation, gambling, and LGBT issues. She is supporting HR 447, which, if passed, would declare pornography a public health crisis. Additionally, CWA of Georgia is supporting SB 233, which is a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  They are also taking on the issue of so-called “hate crimes”.

Our state directors Marlo Tucker, from CWA of California, and Penny Morrell, from CWA of Maine, have already presented opposition to their state legislatures concerning abortion bills. CWA of California has strongly opposed SB 320. If passed, this bill will allow access to chemical abortions on all state-college campuses. CWA of Maine has opposed LD 1763, which would allow non-physician healthcare personnel to perform abortions. This would not only add to the number of abortions performed, but it could subject the women undergoing these procedures to additional risks.

Please pray for all of our state leaders and the many other pieces of legislation they will be working on throughout the year. Pray for them as they continue to stand for truth and fight for Biblical values.

If you would like to get involved with CWA in your state, please contact the National Field office at 202-488-7000.

Even the media can’t deny the numbers

By | Blog, North Dakota, Planned Parenthood, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

CWA is committed to fighting for life and will never back down or be intimidated by big-money organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

The fight to shift our hard earned tax dollars (half a billion to be exact!) from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Clinics is as much a PR battle as it is a legislative one. Public policy is downstream of public opinion— your voice matters!

Every petition you sign, every phone call you make, every conversation you have, every letter you write, and every Rally you attend, is you influencing change. We saw firsthand the difference you make in North Dakota— the media often ignores our events, but with the crowd that showed up, they simply couldn’t avoid covering the story. You can view some of the news stories about the event here, here, and here.

Remember CWA is simply a voice for you on Capitol Hill. We work to keep you informed on what’s going on and how you can help influence change— but we need YOU to stay engaged and help change the world for Christ’s glory.

CWA Statement on President Trump’s Newest Judicial Nominees

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Today, the White House announced a new list of federal judicial nominations. Below is a statement from Concerned Women for America:

“President Trump continues to fulfill his promise to the American people by appointing supremely qualified, constitutionalist judges for judicial nominations. We are thrilled to see that Justice Gorsuch was just the beginning. The president’s faithfulness on this issue renews American’s faith that our judicial system will remain true to the Constitution– reviewing law rather than legislating from the bench.”

From Judge to Justice: Gorsuch Confirmed with Bipartisan Support

By | Defense of Family, Education, National Sovereignty, News and Events, Press Releases, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life | No Comments

Washington, D.C. –Today, Judge Gorsuch, soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45 to be the next Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States with bi-partisan support.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“Today we witnessed a historic victory for our country. One that proves government ‘for the People, by the People’ is alive and well. The Senate overcame historic partisan obstructionism and restored original Senate precedent.

“On behalf of our members, I want to thank Leader McConnell, as well as Sen. Grassley, for their decisive leadership, which gave the American people a voice in November on the kind of justice they believed should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

“I also want to thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate a constitutionalist judge to the Supreme Court. It is hard to imagine someone better suited to serve on our nation’s highest court than Judge Gorsuch.

“Judge Gorsuch follows the law wherever it leads, regardless of personal opinion or political preference. His constitutional jurisprudence makes him an ardent defender of the rights that keep us free.

“Judge Gorsuch will elevate the proper role of the judiciary and refuse to legislate from the bench. He is what America needs in this time of partisan dysfunction and obstructionism from the far left-the bipartisan support for his confirmation is proof.

“I would be remiss not to thank the Democrats who had the conviction to listen to their constituents rather than toeing the party line. I applaud their willingness to rise above the political fray in favor of their constituents.

“In spite of partisan gridlock, we see the symphony of the three branches of government and their checks and balances function as our Founders intended.”Our prayers continue to be with Judge, soon-to-be Justice, Gorsuch and his family as they begin this new chapter.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Not One Reasonable Reason to Oppose Gorsuch

By | Legal, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

Washington, D.C. –Today, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will draw to a close.Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say on the performance of Judge Neil Gorsuch at his hearings to become the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Senate Democrats have tried every way they can to show from Neil Gorsuch’s record one reason to vote against him. But they have come up empty. There is not a single reasonable reason on Judge Gorsuch’s record to vote against him.

“Now, we know many object to President Trump or Steve Bannon or the Republicans’ treatment of Judge Garland, and they will choose the unprecedented, radical position not to vote for Judge Gorsuch as a result. But, looking at his record, he comes out of now his third day of hearings unscathed.

“He has been thoughtful, poised, reasonable, independent, caring, empathetic, and humble. He has shown himself to be beyond all reasonable doubt a mainstream nominee worthy of each and every senator’s vote.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America around the country that I represent are united in asking all senators to put politics aside for once and act in the best interest of our country by voting for Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

CWA of Maine Tells Sen. King, “Confirm Gorsuch!”

By | Maine, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments

Portland, ME – Monday night, Senator Angus King (I-ME) held a listening session at the University of Southern Maine to hear what his constituents think about Judge Gorsuch.

Concerned Women for America Maine State Director, Penny Morrell, had this to say:
“I made the drive to Portland to ask Senator King to vote ‘yes’ to Judge Gorsuch, because I believe he will be a strict constitutionalist, just as Justice Scalia was, and that is what America needs right now. Our country needs a court system that will rule based on law, not feelings – this is good for every American, no matter your political affiliation.

“Portland is a liberal city and does not represent our state of Maine as a whole. I knew there would be opposition to Judge Gorsuch at Sen. King’s meeting simply because of the location, which is why I was greatly encouraged to hear so many in the crowd in support of Judge Gorsuch even given the location. That says a lot about the people of Maine and how strongly we feel about Judge Gorsuch and the future of this country. Many of us traveled far to have our voice of support heard.

“I truly hope Sen. King will do what’s right and vote ‘yes’ to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Conservative Women Laud President Trump’s Protection of Young Women’s Privacy

By | Defense of Family, News and Events, Press Releases | No Comments
Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say in response to reports that President Trump has rescinded the Obama Administration directives forcing young women to shower and share private facilities with biological boys who feel they are girls:

“While most of the media continues on its “Oh my goodness! Can you believe what Trump did now?” tour, here is yet another issue where President Trump shows he is most sensitive to the concerns of the American people.

“President Obama completely ignored the reasonable concerns of the mothers, grandmothers, and young women I represent, who by the thousands wrote to express their apprehension of this government intrusion in the most sensitive of areas.

“No one has ever said that the plight of transgender children should be ignored. However, there is simply no reason to burden all children and force those who feel uncomfortable with this to “just deal with it” because of political correctness.

“It is not bigotry for a mother or a young woman to feel uncomfortable with the government forcing them to share restroom facilities with biological boys. Women deserve privacy in restrooms, locker rooms, overnight accommodations, and other sensitive areas, without government interference.

“President Trump’s directive shows concerns for all students. This is good and should be supported by all, including transgender rights advocates.

“The thousands of members of Concerned Women for America applaud President Trump for delivering on yet another promise. We are encouraged by the common-sense, respectful way in which he is treating all Americans, not just those on one side of the argument, as we saw under the Obama Administration.

“President Trump has our full support on this.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

CWA Praises Senate for Confirming Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

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Washington, D.C. – Moments ago, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States 52-47. Penny Nance, CEO and President, of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, made the following statement congratulating the new Attorney General:

“Congratulations to newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions on behalf of the nearly half a million members of Concerned Women for America. The President picked the best person for the job, and I am pleased to see the Senate confirm him.

“Our grassroots worked tirelessly to ensure the American people have an Attorney General who will enforce the law with fairness and equity for every American. Attorney General Sessions has nearly 40 years of experience defending justice, civil rights, and the rule of law during his service as a U.S. attorney, the Alabama Attorney General, and a U.S. Senator.

“Americans deserve an Attorney General who will enforce the rule of law regardless of their political or personal opinions, and that is exactly what newly confirmed Attorney General Sessions has promised. We look forward to the Department of Justice renewing its focus on the fair and impartial application of justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.