The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition is a statewide network of individuals and organizations working together to improve the lives of women and girls through education and advocacy. The Coalition promotes nonpartisan efforts, speaking with one voice, while working together on issues important to the progress of Oklahoma’s women and girls.
Four determined women came together in 2007 with the common vision of a statewide women’s coalition that would unite individuals and organizations as one powerful voice to initiate positive change for Oklahoma’s women and girls. Dr. Jean Warner, Donna Lawrence, Jan Peery, and Pat Potts had long seen the need for an organized voice for women and girls. The synergy created by their shared passion ultimately led to the founding of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.
The pioneer spirit of our early Oklahoma women fueled the small group as they began blazing a trail to build this new organization. The women approached the Oklahoma Legislative Coalition, a group of women’s organizations that had jointly sponsored an Annual Day at the Capitol for more than 20 years. Member organizations voted in the fall of 2007 to join the effort and direct their focus on policies and issues related to Oklahoma women and girls.
The next several months were spent researching coalitions in other states, drafting bylaws, filing for incorporation and 501(c)(3) status, discussing strategy, and recruiting board members. The bylaws were approved, the name was revised to Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, and a statewide bipartisan board of directors was elected in September 2008.
During the last Legislative session, the
Coalition had a record-breaking year that included introducing and/or supporting legislation to make
Oklahoma a better place for women and girls. NINE of the Coalition's
priority bills were passed!
OWC represents more than 50
partner organizations and over 100,000 voices statewide advocating for and
raising awareness of issues of importance to the well-being of women and girls.
The Coalition hosted our annual Day at the Capitol in Spring
2015 to raise awareness of women's issues in our state and provided a chance
for our partners to meet one-on-one with legislators.
The Coalition represents more
than 50 partner organizations and over 100,000 voices statewide advocating
for and raising awareness of issues of importance to the well-being of women
Priorities for this year include:
1. Foster a network of
organizational partners and individual supporters across the state.
2. Develop women and girls as
leaders to run for office, to fill seats on boards and commissions and to have
influence on decisions made at the city, county and state levels
3. Initiate and support legislation
allowing women and girls to HAVE a better future in Oklahoma – Health and
Wellness, Alternatives to Incarceration, Violence Prevention and Response, and
4. Raise awareness of issues and
help support overall well-being and life worth of women and girls
1. To fulfill the Coalition's mission of being a statewide network, additional funding of $30,000 is needed to hire contract staff to service areas of the state outside of Oklahoma City.
2. With a staff of only two full-time employees, we need a strong board of directors dedicated to making certain our voices are heard at the Capitol and across all sectors of our state. We are recruiting potential board members from areas across the state.
Coalition is the one voice of women and girls in Oklahoma. Each year we develop priorities based on input from these partners. Their needs and priorities become the focus of our advocacy efforts at the city, county, state and federal levels of government.
Efforts: Partner organization representatives attend our programs,
participate in committees and help determine the work of the Coalition. We work together to improve outcomes in our state.
Events: Educational events give partner organizations the
opportunity to co-host and help lead events. Events and opportunities led by the
Coalition will increase our state’s commitment to improvement.
Coalition proudly serves as a communication leader for organizational partners on our website,
social and traditional media. We also help publicize projects and programs so more people in
Oklahoma understand the challenges and opportunities for women and girls.
and support legislation allowing women and girls to HAVE a better future
in Oklahoma – Health and Wellness, Alternatives to Incarceration, Violence
Prevention and Response, and Economic Security
The Coalition hosts educational events throughout the year to raise awareness and generate action to improve the lives of women and girls. We also partner with organizations to reach more people - the Commission on the Status of Oklahoma Women, technology centers, universities, businesses, and nonprofits.
Our communication efforts utilizing technology also allow us to be the voice for thousands of women and girls.
For example, we co-hosted a Pipeline to Politics program in January 2016 with the Carl Albert Center to address the under-representation of women in politics, public service and other leadership roles.
This intense, one-day program informs participants about effective organization and communication strategies to lead successful political or issue advocacy campaigns.
We also continued our successful Community Conversation series in cities across Oklahoma where we invite local leaders to discuss issues facing women and how best to address those issues in their community.
In early 2016, OWC hosted events like our Day at the Capitol to continue to increase awareness in our state about important issues facing women.
Lastly, we believe developing our next generation of female community leaders is vital to Oklahoma’s future. Every other month, the Coalition’s Young Professional group will meet. Meeting topics vary but will include updates from our organizational partners, networking opportunities and discussions regarding workplace/career development.
Ezell joined the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition in April 2015 as the organization’s
Executive Director. Danielle comes to the Coalition from Teleflora where she
led the human resources and technology marketing teams as the online floral
retailer’s vice president of administration. Prior to Teleflora, Danielle owned
20 Hats, an award winning marketing and public relations firm.
Danielle earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
certification, which is the senior-most human resources certification for those
who have also demonstrated a strategic mastery of the HR body of knowledge. She
also earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public
Relations Society of America in 1999.
community volunteer, Danielle serves on the board of Junior Achievement
Oklahoma City as well as the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board. She
is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXV and past president of the
Public Relations Society of America Oklahoma City Chapter.
A native of
Buffalo, NY, Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and
her master’s in business administration from Oklahoma City University. Danielle and her husband Joe reside in
Oklahoma City, and have three children.
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