On the third day of the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, the feminists take Capitol Hill! Hold your members of Congress accountable and educate them about the critical issues that are most important to you. Register to attend Congressional Visit Day here!
Prepare for your meeting:
Before you head to Capitol Hill, however, you need to schedule a meeting with your members of Congress for Monday, March 27th. See below for a step-by-step guide.
1. Call your representatives and senators’ offices. To call directly, find your senators’ contact information at senate.gov and your representative’s number at house.gov. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for the member by name.
2. When you get through to the office, explain that you are a constituent and that you will be in Washington, DC on Monday, March 27th as part of the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference. Ask to schedule a short meeting with the member of Congress, ideally, or if he or she is not available, the women’s issues staffer. The best time to meet is between 12 and 4pm.
Unsure what to say? Here’s a sample script: “Hi, my name is (your name), and I’m a constituent in (your congressperson’s name)’s district. I’m going to be in DC on Monday, March 27th for the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, and I’d like to schedule a meeting with (your congressperson’s name) to talk about women’s issues.” Let them respond, then, if they tell you your congressperson is unavailable, ask to schedule a meeting instead with their women’s issues staffer.
If you have trouble contacting your congressperson’s office or if you are planning to visit in a large group, please contact us at 703-522-2214. We are happy to help!
3. If for whatever reason you cannot schedule a meeting, don’t lose hope. You can drop in on members once you are on the Hill, or you may be able to join forces with a larger group that morning.
What to expect:
On Monday morning, FMF will host a briefing to give you ideas and tips for meeting with your representatives and senators. Then we’ll break so everyone can visit their members and grab lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll invite you to share how your visit went!
If you aren’t able to join us for the Congressional Visit Day on Monday, we encourage you to make an appointment to see your Members of Congress in their state or district offices when you get home.
Just call us at 703-522-2214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk you through it.