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Sarah Bird to Headline Luncheon to Elect TX Women

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February 24, 2017

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Contact: Patsy Woods Martin, 512-633-3232


Hundreds of Austin area supporters expected to gather to invest in electing women to office

**This event formerly sold out in three days. It has now been expanded at new location.**

AUSTIN, TX – Despite comprising 49% of the population throughout the State, men hold 80% of the seats in the Texas Legislature. Annie’s List seeks to achieve gender equality through public policy by changing the balance of power in elected offices from the State House to City Hall.

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Annie’s List will host its annual Austin luncheon with keynote speaker Sarah Bird: acclaimed author and recent “dishonoree of the Texas GOP”. Over 700 supporters are expected to gather to invest in “changing the face of power”.  Numerous elected officials from districts around the State are also expected to be in attendance.

What: Annie’s List Austin Luncheon featuring Sarah Bird

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:00pm-1:15pm

Where: J.W. Marriott, 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

How to join: Luncheon sponsorships are available and can be purchased by clicking here, emailing or by phone at 512-481-8100.

Further background on Annie’s List and Sarah Bird follows this release.


Background on Annie’s List

Since our founding in 2003, Annie’s List has directly contributed $4.5 million, trained thousands of women to run for office and women endorsed by Annie’s List have won over 100 races up and down the ballot, across the state.

In 2015, the Annie’s List team completed a new strategic plan to guide the organization through 2020. A strategic and enhanced focus on local races is one primary outcome of the planning. In the 2015-2016 election cycle women endorsed by Annie’s List won 20 seats in the State Legislature (7 new women in the Texas House!), and 9 Texas candidates for local office in some of the biggest regions of the country.

Annie’s List holds the following principles, where by electing progressive, pro-choice women, Annie’s List promotes an agenda which:

    • Protects reproductive rights for women
    • Provides affordable and accessible healthcare for all Texas families
    • Creates equitable economic opportunities, wages and working conditions for women
    • Prevents violence against women and children and assists those who do become victims
    • Supports quality public education for all children

More information about Annie’s List and our programs can be found here:

Background on Sarah Bird:

Sarah is the author of nine novels. The ninth hard cover, Above the East China Sea, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2014. The soft cover is being released by Penguin on April 28, 2015.  Sarah has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers series; a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship; New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember list; Elle Magazine Reader’s Prize; People Magazine’s Page Turners; Library Journal’s Best Novels; and a National Magazine Silver Award for her columns in Texas Monthly. In 2012 Sarah was voted Best Austin Author for the fourth time by the readers of the Austin Chronicle; was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame; and received the Illumine Award for Excellence in Fiction from the Austin Library Foundation. In 2013 she was selected to be The University of Texas’ Libraries Distinguished Author speaker, and was featured on NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour.

She has written screenplays for Paramount, CBS, Warner Bros, National Geographic, ABC, TNT, Hemdale Studio, and several independent producers.  Sarah’s original screenplay, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, is currently in development with Pantheon of Women. She has contributed articles to The New York Times, Salon, O Magazine, and is a columnist for Texas Monthly. Sarah, who moved all over the world growing up with her air force family, lives in Austin, Texas.

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