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Wyoming Women's Action Network.

Casper Star Tribune | September 25, 2021

Both men and women can be affected by threats of violence in politics, but violence against women in politics tends to be overtly gender-based. It targets women because of their gender. ... All people deserve an equal opportunity to participate in civic engagement at all levels and public life.


Casper Star Tribune | August 4, 2021

One of the reasons that women lost jobs and businesses lost key employees? Because as the pandemic revealed — and as parents, business owners, and early childhood education professionals have long known — childcare, paid and unpaid, is the work that makes all other work possible. And women still shoulder most of those care responsibilities.

Kids Blowing Bubbles

Casper Star Tribune | July 6, 2021

e talk a lot about jobs and family in Wyoming. They are the cornerstone of our lives together, the foundation of our values, and the backbone of our state.
What we don’t talk enough about is who’s holding up these essential mainstays: Wyoming women.

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JH News&Guide | June 27, 2021

What I hope this column has done and will continue to do is illuminate — just a little — the ways that getting “back to normal” might not serve everyone in our community, especially women. As we begin to re-emerge after a wildly challenging 16 months, we have the unprecedented opportunity to come back together in a way that really does work for everyone — by investing in what makes communities whole, healthy and economically viable.

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JH News&Guide | May 5, 2021

Childcare has exploded into the national conversation for all the reasons that it has been part of the local conversation for years: There simply isn’t enough quality, affordable care to support our working families.


WyoFile | March 12, 2021

In Wyoming, there are two problems related to minimum wage. The first is the minimum wage itself. The second problem related to minimum wage is the one we often overlook: Nearly three out of four minimum-wage workers in Wyoming are women. Most of those women are supporting families.

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March 3, 2021

Just in time for Women’s History Month and the start of the Wyoming Legislature in Cheyenne, some nonpartisan voices for women have dropped an important policy brief. Wyoming Women’s Foundation and Equality State Policy Center released a six-page brief — researched by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming — on Wyoming women in elected roles.

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Casper Star Tribune | February 12, 2021

The fight over Rep. Liz Cheney — not to mention Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert and Speaker Pelosi and AOC and Hillary (still Hillary, always Hillary) — gives political cover to bad actors.

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Wyoming Tribune Eagle | February 10, 2021

At a time when the world has determined that descriptive pronouns aid in specificity, Wyoming state statute still demands that the only acceptable pronoun is the masculine pronoun: “Words in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter genders.” (That’s W.S. 8-1-103 (a) (vi), if you want to get specific.)

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Casper Star Tribune | February 3, 2021

The fact that the legislature, which is made up of a hyper majority of men continues to resist the idea tells us that they either see value in keeping the language concentrated on their sex, or there is something troubling about including women.

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JH News&Guide | February 3, 2021

Philanthropy might enable a few people, or even an entire (small) community like ours, to benefit. Policy expands those benefits to everyone. We are long overdue to make the shift from philanthropy to policy.

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Casper Star Tribune | January 27, 2021

Period products are medically necessary — a point reinforced in former President Trump’s CARES Act legislation. Yet they are the only such products subject to sales tax. They also can’t be paid for with food stamps or Medicaid.


Wyoming Tribune Eagle | January 28, 2021

The Essential Health Product Dignity Act contained a provision that would have ended discrimination. It would have shielded Wyoming from potential litigation. And it would have helped the state live up to its Equality State moniker. But maybe, as members of our Legislature like to say, the “equality” part of “Equality State” is “not quite ready for primetime.”

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WyoFile | January 26, 2021

Our policymakers expect the nonprofit sector to do the heavy lifting for our communities. Address society’s ills. Fill in the gaps for the government. Solve a broken tax policy. Preserve our cultural heritage. Entertain and enrich our lives. Remedy the mistakes of businesses. Provide food, housing, healthcare and safety to underpaid workers damaged by systems built to exploit them.


Wyoming Tribune Eagle | January 8, 2021

What’s at stake here is more than the very real struggle between political ideologues or religious sectarians or even conspiracy theorists. What’s at stake is also the health of every resident in Wyoming. And I don’t just mean our exposure to COVID-19.

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CST | January 6, 2021

The virulent reaction to public health orders isn’t just about politics, ideology, and conspiracy theories. It is also very much about gender — and archaic notions of what it means to be “masculine.”

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JH N&G | January 6, 2021

The new year calls for taking up a plan that recognizes that the most lasting progress is incremental. Resolutions, at least in their modern American incarnation, do nothing more than distract us from fixing broken systems by telling us to change ourselves.


WyoFile | January 5, 2021

Early childhood education and behavioral intervention programs aim to provide the same outcomes as the WCCA, Simon, the advocate for healthcare and women’s issues with the Wyoming Women’s Action Network, said, and there’s research to prove it. 

Kids Blowing Bubbles

CST | December 20, 2020

Simon: It is time we curbed our gender bias in policy and budgeting. Everyone in our state will benefit when we do.

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CST | November 15, 2020

Simon: I’ve heard it said recently that “men represent women superbly” in the legislature and other elected offices across the Equality State. It isn’t true.


October 1, 2020

Wyoming Women's Action Network is proud to announce that the Wyoming Business Report named our founder, Jen Simon, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for Wyoming!

To see the full list of incredible nominees from around the state, visit the Women of Influence 2020 Nominee Page.


September 25, 2020

Each year, NNA honors the best in community journalism in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and the best in community newspaper advertising in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.


CST | September 17, 2020

“Gender is what I believe is the flashpoint here,” Cowgirl Run Fund [and WWAN] co-founder Jen Simon said. “Plenty of other PACs give in a bipartisan fashion, and plenty of PACs have made efforts to unseat incumbents this cycle."


WyoFile | September 15, 2020

This stands as a clear example of the ways in which powerful men sometimes feel comfortable marking public space as “not-intended-for-certain-people.” This isn’t about privilege or the “woman card.” Anderson will never be a woman testifying before our legislature and will never have to thread the performance needle through which women have to enter the people’s house.

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JH News&Guide | September 2, 2020

Senator Anderson, did you think that it was a compliment when you told the Chairwoman of the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues that your committee would rather look at her than her slides?


CST | September 2, 2020

“Chairman Anderson’s comments were inappropriate and minimized the ability of the presenter to be taken seriously,” read a copy of a complaint from the Wyoming Women’s Action Network obtained by the Star-Tribune. “Women should not have to be skilled at brushing off casual misogyny in order to do our work or share our expertise.”


JHN&G | June 3, 2019

Back in March, there was a debate about child care on the floor of the Wyoming House — The People’s House, as they like to call it.

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JH News&Guide | February 5, 2020

In case you’re thinking that equal representation isn’t essential to equitable policy, let me take a moment to disabuse you of that notion. Legislatures with more women consistently advance more policy decisions that benefit women, families and communities. Which, in turn, are good for local businesses and economies.