GPB Lawmakers joined us for Georgia STOMP Day at the Capitol!

Community leaders in Houston County hosted a postcard messaging and addressing event regarding the 2020 Census. The event was hosted by the Houston County 2020 Census Complete Committee, Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us), and the Warner Robins Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Amerson River Park recognized for cleaner river and other Middle Georgia awards

September 21, 2019

A Macon park was recognized for its ability to create a community around efforts to clean the Ocmulgee River and produce a more sustainable future for Georgia, according to a news release.


Water Coalition Celebrates Clean Water Efforts

September 20, 2019

The Georgia Water Coalition is celebrating individuals and groups that are working to keep the state’s waterways clean with its annual “Clean 13” list. 


Amerson River Park named to statewide Clean 13 Report

September 19, 2019

"Amerson River Park has been a true collaboration of many people and organizations over the years to be a major component in miles of both walking and water trails," says Georgia Women President Claire Cox.


Amerson River Park nominated for Georgia Water Coalition's Clean 13

September 19, 2019

This report focuses on the extraordinary work accomplished by individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments to protect Georgia’s water.


Protestors Gather in Macon Under Threat of ICE Raids

July 18, 2019

Protesters raised awareness about the conditions in migrant detention centers — two of which are in Georgia. 


Georgia Joins Efforts to Fund Menstrual Products in Schools

March 26, 2019

Georgia’s legislature is joining a nationwide effort to provide menstrual products for public school students in need. 


Women Push to End Georgia Sales Tax on Menstrual Products

February 1, 2019

From adolescence to menopause, most women have to deal with a monthly reality: their periods. It can be messy, painful and expensive. The cost of tampons, pads and menstrual cups can add up. In Georgia, women and their families also pay sales tax on those products. Some women are hoping to change that.


Tired of Paying Sales Taxes on Tampons? New Georgia Legislation Could Save You Money

January 26, 2019

Georgia women could soon save nearly $10 million each year on menstrual products.

New legislation in the Georgia House of Representatives aims to eliminate the so-called “tampon tax,” which requires consumers to pay sales tax on feminine products that many consider a medical necessity. Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) President Claire Cox says state could take the lead in ending sales tax on period products. 


Period Politics: Georgia Lawmakers Consider Tossing 'Tampon Tax'

January 22, 2019

A wonderful interview about Georgia Women's work through the coalition we formed -- Georgia STOMP! Coalition member Dominique Holloman and national advocate Jennifer Weiss Wolf discuss our initiatives in the context of the national movement for menstrual equity!


Here's How Some Georgians are Fighting Back Against the State's 'Tampon Tax'

January 11, 2019

The 'tampon tax' is a 4% sales tax on menstrual products in Georgia. 

It's a state sales tax making an impact on females across the state of Georgia.

The tax on feminine hygiene products, known as the 'tampon tax', issues a 4% tax on menstrual products. The coalition Georgia S.T.O.M.P. is working to inform legislators how the tax makes an impact and should be considered an issue of inequality.


Two Georgia Democrats Want to Tackle ‘Tampon Tax,’ Education

January 4, 2019

A pair of Georgia Democrats want to waive the state’s sales tax on feminine products while teaching young women and girls the pitfalls that could come with improper use.


Legislator Wants to Eliminate So-called 'Tampon Tax'

December 27, 2018

Current state law means the purchase of products like tampons also carry the state’s 4 percent sales tax.

But advocacy groups like Georgia STOMP, Stop Tax on Menstrual Products, say that amounts to an unfair tax on women.Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) has pre-filed a measure in the state house that would make those products exempt from the tax.


Georgia State Legislature Reconsidering Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products

December 19, 2018

In the state of Georgia, there is a 4 percent sales tax for feminine hygiene products tacked on to your county’s tax. State representative Debbie Buckner, a Junction City Democrat, is sponsoring the bill to remove the tax.


Crowd Protests Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy During U.S. Attorney General's Visit

August 9, 2018

About 30 people united in the median on Mulberry Street to protest Thursday’s visit from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was here to address law enforcement officers about reducing crime.

Many protestors took issue with the zero-tolerance immigration policy Sessions ordered earlier this year. 


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Headed to Macon, Sparking Protest Rally

August 8, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Macon on Thursday, and protestors are expected outside.

The former Alabama senator is reportedly going to meet with law enforcement officers downtown at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia. He will “deliver remarks on efforts to combat violent crime in America,” according to a news release. He also will address the media. 

Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) plans to protest beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 300 Mulberry Street near the federal courthouse and Gateway Plaza.


College Student with Full-Time Job at Geico Fears Being Kicked Out of Country

March 16, 2018

Onungwa spoke recently at a forum at Mercer University, in which about 100 people attended. The forum focused on the DACA issue from a religious perspective, with representatives of the Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths offering scriptural support for immigration.


People in Macon Stand for Unity and Anti-Discrimination

March 10, 2018

People rallied Saturday afternoon to stand against discrimination in the community for the annual Unity March.


Women in Georgia, and Across the Nation, are Running for Office in Record Numbers

March 8, 2018

But several women have chosen to stay behind the scenes in more of an advocacy role. Claire Cox founded a non-partisan group in Middle Georgia called Georgia Women and Those Who Stand with Us.


Georgia Organizations Push for Tax Exemption on Feminine Hygiene Products

February 21, 2018

A trip to the drug store could cost women a little less if two Georgia women's groups get their way.


Bill Would Nix Tax on Feminine Hygiene Items

February 16, 2018

Proponents of a bill that would exempt feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax say it’s time to have what may be an awkward conversation for the majority male General Assembly.


On DACA for Dreamers, What Would Jesus, Mohammed and Abraham Do?

January 31, 2018

As the nation's leaders debate how to handle children of people entering the country illegally, Mercer University is spurring a conversation about the issue from a religious perspective.


Bill Would Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products From State Sales Tax

January 25, 2018

Women’s advocates estimate Georgians pay $10 million a year in state taxes on menstrual products. “Nothing about them is optional,” says the group, Georgia Women. 


Women Resist: 5 Leaders We Love in Georgia

December 24, 2017

Georgia is full of amazing progressive leaders, and women of color are at the forefront of addressing issues like abortion access, voting rights, immigration reform and Islamophobia.


DACA Supporters Rally in Downtown Macon

October 25, 2017

DACA supporters rally in downtown Macon.


Rally for Charlottesville Set for Monday Night in Macon

August 14, 2017

A rally in opposition of white supremacy, and to show solidarity with the people in Charlottesville, Virginia, is set for Monday evening in downtown Macon.


Eleventh Hour Highlights GA Women (TWSU) Leaders

July 18, 2017

The July 18, 2017 issue of Eleventh Hour featured Claire Cox and Lynn Snyder of GA Women (And Those Who stand With Us) in their Native/New column.


Macon-Bibb Unanimously Approves Paid Parental Leave for Bibb Employees

June 6, 2017

Macon-Bibb County Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that would offer Macon-Bibb County employees up to four weeks of paid time off for mothers and a week for fathers and one week for parents adopting.



Macon-Bibb Commission Approves Paid Parental Leave for Employees.


Women's Organization Applauds Bibb Paid Family Leave Ordinance

June 6, 2017

The Bibb County Commission enacted a new family leave policy on Tuesday.


Bibb County Moves Towards Paid Parental and Family Leave

May 23, 2017

Bibb moves toward paid maternity leave.






Victory in Macon: Commission Gives Final Passage to LGBT Civil Rights Ordinance

May 3, 2017

The Macon-Bibb County Commission gave final approval to an LGBT civil rights ordinance on Tuesday, voting six to three to change the county charter so that the county cannot prevent someone from being promoted or hired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Tuesday’s vote was the final hurdle following an April 18 commission vote in favor of the move.


Council Will Revisit Paid Maternity Leave Policy, with More Options

May 2, 2017

The Warner Robins City Council is expected to revisit a paid parental leave policy on Monday, March 6th. In February, the council denied the policy for paid  maternity leave. It would have provided mothers with four weeks of paid leave after the birth of her newborn.


Georgia Women Continuing Work Begun by the Women's March in D.C.

April 5, 2017

Inspired by the Women's March in January, Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) are acting for social justice here in Georgia.


Warner Robins Council Passes Maternity Leave Policy

March 6, 2017

Warner Robins approves family leave policy.


Midstate Activists Take Health Care Campaign to Senator’s Atlanta Office

March 2, 2017

A group of midstate activists met with a representative of Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue at his office in Atlanta on Thursday to express their support of the Affordable Care Act.


Protesters Take Complaints to Warner Robins Congressional Office

February 3, 2017

Protesters meet at Congressman Scott's office.


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Numerous news reports are warning the public that the FBI is aware of planned armed protests calling for “storming” state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in every state the day President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump. At least one militia group in Georgia planned a protest at the state Capitol in Atlanta on Sunday. In the days leading up to the inauguration, avoid federal courthouses and administrative buildings. It is for this reason, Georgia Women will not be promoting Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations.

Because the Georgia Assembly is only in session for the first three months of the year, the lists of advocacy actions for you to take will be long.  Bear with us.  Our work is not done.  

When a committee is assigned to a bill, we will email each committee member. If a bill has not moved to a committee, we will email our own Senator and Representative. Remember to include your contact information in any email to Georgia Assembly members and include “I am your constituent” in the subject line if appropriate.

Fair and Representative Elections


The state legislative session has begun and Republican lawmakers are already trying to enact voter suppression laws in response to this watershed moment in Georgia’s history.

For the last 15 years, Georgia has allowed every registered voter to request an absentee ballot. A Republican-led General Assembly expanded absentee voting in 2005; but, now the Assembly is intent on rolling back measures that have expanded democratic participation. They are trying to pass laws that control whose votes will count, and we know that these efforts will disproportionately target the same Black voters who were instrumental in the 2020 elections.

Contact your Georgia Assembly Senator and Representative with the suggested script:  Georgia is changing and Georgians sent a strong message at the ballot box that they are tired of the status quo.  Instead of recognizing this and talking to citizens and constituents, doing the hard work, your solution is to make it harder for Georgians to vote. What type of elected official refuses to work for the citizens?  You are supposed to be representing us, not hiding from us.  DO NOT VOTE to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting.

Access to Affordable Healthcare


By expanding the Medicaid health insurance program, thousands more Georgians would gain health coverage and access to care if they become sick without the worry of unaffordable medical bills afterward. Georgia is one of only 12 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid.

Contact your Georgia General Assembly Senator and Representative with the suggested script:  Georgians have repeatedly called for full Medicaid expansion so all low-income Georgians can get covered. The need for expanded coverage is even more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people lose their job-based insurance but still need health care services.  Expanding Medicaid is an increasingly urgent need.  Support the expansion of Medicaid so that there is access to health care for all Georgians.

Protection of Civil Liberties


Every Georgia Republican Representative voted against impeachment. Here are some questions to ask your congressman:  You said you voted against impeachment for unity and healing. What would have made you vote yes? More deaths? Hostages? The hanging of VP Mike Pence?  The execution of Speaker Pelosi? What would it have taken for you to think the acts perpetrated by the President were worthy of impeachment?  I look forward to the answers to my questions.

Or, you can email this:

Before healing occurs, there has to be an accounting of the truth and you as my Congressman have to tell your constituents the truth:  Donald Trump was lying about the election being stolen and election fraud.  You have to admit that you did not stop the spread of those lies by admitting that there was a free and fair election and your silence is complicit.  You must put this in a newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter so that everyone is clear on what is a lie and what is the truth.  You must do this before any healing can occur.  I anxiously await your admission.

Quality Public Education


Lawmakers have filed House Bill 60, a bill that would create an education savings account (ESA) for families to pay private school tuition or for qualified education expenses.  Along with diverting hundreds of millions of dollars away from public education, this bill also targets public schools that have not completely restarted their in-person instruction due to COVID-19 and prevents taxpayers from discovering which private schools receive their tax dollars.

Contact the below listed Georgia Education Committee members with the suggested script:  HB 60, if passed, will divert hundreds of millions of dollars away from public education and prevent taxpayers from discovering which private schools receive their tax dollars.  Vote NO on HB 60.  It’s bad for Georgians.

Protection of the Environment


The issue of titanium mining adjacent to the Okefenokee Swamp has been on Lynn’s List several times.  Now it’s time to direct advocacy to the Governor.

Contact Governor Kemp with the suggested script:  Please direct the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to thoroughly examine the five state permit applications from Twin Pines Minerals, LLC (TPM). The evidence indicates DNR should reject those applications. At the least, an environmental review equivalent to an Environmental Impact Statement should be conducted, with public hearings and third-party review.

Governor Brian Kemp

   (404) 656-1776

The virtual Book Circle is coming up soon-January 27 at 7:00 pm.  The book is Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.  The conversation will be led by Brenda Williams.  Join us!

The link to your legislators is here.  Please be aware that Senators-elect Warnock and Ossoff have not been sworn in yet so there is no contact information available.

Stay safe!

Thank you for your hard work and for staying with us on this difficult journey.  The pandemic is with us for a while, so continue to wear your masks, wash your hands, keep your social bubble small, and social distance.  Stay safe!