Using 2006-2015 data from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Environmental Scorecard, Rachel’s Network found that women federal legislators vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts in both the House and Senate.
Presidential headaches aside, we’re optimistic about this election year. 2016 is looking greener, younger, and more diverse — and that is a good thing. We couldn’t be more excited about Rachel’s Action Network endorsed candidates. They will bring fresh solutions and perspectives to the many pressing issues we face when they win in November. Remember the budget showdown two years ago, it was the women in the Senate who broke the impasse. When women lead, our families win and the environment wins.
On March 16, Rachel’s Action Network Members gathered at the Stewart Mott House in Washington, DC to hear from Senator Patty Murray of Washington State at a breakfast celebrating the accomplishments of the women of Congress.
As the new board chair of Rachel’s Action Network, I’m nervous and excited to take on the leadership of our small but mighty organization! I’m eager to work to empower women leaders to influence the political process, and I look forward to working with RAN members to raise our voices on behalf of the environment. It’s clear that our current environmental policies are not enough, and there’s no time to waste!
In her first term, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has already made a name for herself as a clean energy and conservation champion in the Senate. On a teleconference call with RAN members this summer, Shaheen discussed her work on environmental policy, particularly her bipartisan energy efficiency bill, as well as the importance of voter turnout in electing environmental candidates.