Margo McNeil Becomes MOWPC State President at MOWPC Biennial 2018 Convention – "Reclaiming Our Time"
On August 17 & 18, 2018, the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus (MOWPC) hosted a weekend of progressive politics, panels, debate and honest conversation at its 2018 Biennial State Convention, "Reclaiming Our Time." Margo McNeil (St. Louis), former State Representative, was elected as President of the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus. The incoming MOWPC 2018 officers are: Margo McNeil, President; Peggy Cochran, VP - Legislative Affairs; Amanda Jo Good, VP - Finance; Shicagolyn Hams Scroggins, VP - Communications; Coletta Hummel, VP - Political Issues; Shelley LaRose, VP - Education & Training; Rebecca Richardson, VP - Records; and Pam Ross, VP - Caucus Development.
Three panels were instrumental in the success of the conference. The morning panel focused on conversations around “Women Who Win” with panelist: the Hon. Nicole Galloway, Mo State Auditor; Senator-Elect Lauren Arthur SD-17 (Clay County); Senator Jill Schupp SD -24 (Creve Coeur) with outgoing President Paula Owen Wilmarth moderating. The mid-morning panel: “#MeToo, #Time’sUp, and #ReclaimingOurTime” delved into personal & professional sexual abuse, the fight against it as well as the impact on women’s lives and what women could do to push back and win. Moderated by Dr. Ayanna Shivers, with panelists Taylor Hirth, Peggy Payne and Dr. Karen Shipley. Shira Truitt, Esq. moderated the lunch panel “Winning With Different Voices: How to Recruit and Support Diverse Women Candidates” with featured panelists: Rep. Cora Faith Walker, Esq.; Pam Ross; and Roya Massoudnia. At the conclusion of the conference, outgoing state caucus President Paula Owen Wilmarth was presented with congratulatory acknowledgements from the Capitol Women’s Political Caucus and Kansas City’s Heartland Alliance for Progress (HAP).
State caucus’ participating in the convention were: National Women’s Political Caucus - St. Louis; Greater Springfield Women’s Political Caucus; Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus and The Capitol Women’s Political Caucus. All of these caucus’s strive to break the glass ceiling one crack at a time.
Thanks to all who attended! The Missouri Women’s Political Caucus looks forward to staying connected to "Recruit, Train, & Elect" more pro-choice women candidates to Missouri offices.