INSPIRING MINORITY WOMEN
At Real Women Run Celebrating the Political Kaleidoscope, hear Delia Garcia, who was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004, and became the first Latina woman and the youngest female at age 27 to serve in that Legislature. Starting out as a student organizer, she is now chief leadership officer and co-director of ReflectUS, a nonpartisan coalition of seven leading women's organizations. Garcia talks about the challenges and opportunities that women of color, LGBTQ and other marginalized groups face as candidates, officeholders and in other civic leadership roles. YWCA, 322 E. 300 South, 801-537-8600, Friday, Jan. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2FppHGE.
WOMEN INTO POLITICS
Have you always harbored the desire to run for office—even if you're not a man? The Real Women Run Winter Training is geared to people just like you or your friends. Did you know that if women run for office, they win at the same or better rate than men? But only 24 percent of Utah's legislators are women. This full-day training has workshops for current candidates and campaign managers, future candidates looking for information on where to start and women who want to get more involved in public service. Illinois' Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, the highest-ranking elected Latina in Illinois history, is keynote speaker. Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus, 9750 S. 300 West, Sandy, 801-537-8604, Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $35 ($15/students), bit.ly/2RmlieL.
Now is the time to learn how to push your state legislators to the next level. They are getting ready to eviscerate the citizen initiatives you passed in November, and have other plans to take your rights and shred them. At this interactive training—Speed Date ... to Legislate—you will interact with legislators and paid lobbyists, listening to their feedback about how well you did in persuading them. Experts represent different legislative issues—from ballot initiatives to employment discrimination to hate crimes. This gives you the chance to practice lobbying on multiple topics as you move around the room. Impact Hub Salt Lake, 150 S. State, Ste. 1, 801-355-3479, Thursday, Jan. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2H8u7UN.
Don't forget the Women's March. Washington Square Park, 451 S. State, Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., bit.ly/2VSVFAY.