Rep. Edwards Hosts Women-Owned Business Roundtable

From the African American Newspaper:

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D) visited the Clarion Hotel in Oxon Hill on Feb.10 to host a Women-Owned Business Roundtable in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.

In June 2008, Edwards was sworn in as the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the House of Representatives. In her tenure, she has introduced legislation to expand research and development, domestic manufacturing, and infrastructure spending to create jobs and grow the economy.

Attended by approximately 50 female entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs, the event discussed keys to starting and running a successful business, from accessing capital and federal contracts to utilizing mentor programs.


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US News and World Report: “Democratic Women Want Equal Pay for Valentine’s Day”

As Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Rep. Edwards took part in a conference call highlighting the Women’s Economic Agenda.

From US News and World Report:

Next week, House Democrats will launch “What Women Need for Valentine’s Day.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., previewed what she and others have in store for the month of February on a conference call earlier this week with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Donna Edwards, D-Md., along with “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon and pay equity activist Lilly Ledbetter.

“Stay tuned,” Pelosi said. “Next week the House Democratic women will launch an online campaign to highlight what women really want for Valentine’s Day. We’ll be sending more information on how we can work together to get the message out: When women succeed, America succeeds.”

Members of Congress will use social media to outline their Valentine’s Day wish list, which, beyond pay equity, also likely will include paid family and medical leave, paid sick days and affordable child care.

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The Afro Newspaper: “Rep. Donna Edwards Visits UMES for HBCU STEM Tour”

The following article appeared in the Afro American Newspaper:

U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) continued her “2014 HBCU STEM Tour” Jan. 27 with a visit to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).

Edwards met with University President Juliette B. Bell, and toured UMES’s Solar Energy Facility, Child and Family Development Center, and Flight Simulation Lab.

As a senior member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Edwards is visiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to tour their facilities and gain additional insight on how best to engage women and minorities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Capital Gazette: More than 500 attend MLK memorial breakfast: “The fight’s not over”

Rep. Edwards was the keynote speaker at the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College.

From the Capital Gazette:

Donna Edwards was 19 and newly arrived at Wake Forest University when some fraternity members would march each year in Confederate uniforms and burn a black effigy.

It was 1976, about 30 years before Edwards would be elected Maryland’s first black congresswoman. And she offered the college memory Monday at the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, saying of that Southern tradition, “It was shocking to me.”

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Afro Newspaper: Metro Unveils Next Generation Rail Cars

Earlier this month, Rep. Edwards participated in a press conference to unveil the new rail cars to be used by Metro.

“Safety is the most important thing,” Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md,) said during the news conference. “This is important because … a lot of people depend on this system for safety.”

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CNN’s Crossfire: “Should the minimum wage be increased?”

Rep. Edwards and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) were guests recently on CNN’s Crossfire.  They were asked if the minimum wage should be increase.

See what they say:

Rep. Edwards is a guest on Crossfire and discusses increasing minimum wage.

Rep. Edwards is a guest on Crossfire and discusses increasing minimum wage.

Rep. Edwards on NBC’s “Meet The Press”

On Nov. 10, Rep. Edwards took part in the panel discussion on “Meet The Press”.  They discussed the implications of the Affordable Care Act roll out.  The other guests were:

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential historian

Mark Halperin
Time Magazine

Joe Scarborough
MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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Afro American Newspaper: Women Congressional Leaders Conduct Womens’ Empowerment Forum

The Afro American Newspaper covered the forum held by Rep. Edwards, Sen. Mikulski, and Leader Pelosi on the Women’s Economic Agenda.

Here is an excerpt:

At the top of the agenda for the panel was income. With women continuing to trail men in pay, the target of economic parity looms large for women, the panelists agreed.

Edwards expressed the importance of paycheck fairness. “It’s important for us to have equal pay for work,” Edwards said.

Noting that women make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes on average in the U.S., Pelosi, former speaker of the House of Representative said a pay gap exists even for career women from their first year out of college and through womens’ lives.

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Rep. Edwards Hosts Forum on Women’s Economic Agenda With Sen. Mikulski and Leader Pelosi

Rep. Edwards hosted a forum on “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families” with Sen. Mikulski and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Three women from Maryland also shared their stories about why paid sick leave, affordable child care, and health insurance are so important for women.

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Rep. Edwards Guest on CNN’s “State of the Union”

Rep. Edwards took part in the panel discussion recently on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the federal government shutdown.

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