How to Set Up an Appointment With Your Congressmember

By Feminist Campus Team
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The FMF Campus Team is buzzing with excitement as we finalize details for the National Young Women’s Leadership Conference. We hope you will be able to join us after the conference for our Congressional Day of Action, Monday, March 23, to truly take your message from campus to Congress.

Before you head to Capitol Hill, however, you need to schedule a meeting with your members of Congress. Below is a step-by-step guide and sample script you can use to set up your appointments for a Congressional Day of Action.

Scheduling a meeting:

  1. Call your representatives and senators’ offices. To call directly, find your senators’ contact information at www.senate.gov; and your representative’s numbers at www.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 reach the office, explain that you are a constituent and that you will be in Washington, DC on Monday, March 23. Ask to schedule a short meeting with the member of Congress, ideally, or their women’s issues staffer between 12 and 4 p.m.
  3. Once you’ve scheduled your meeting, email the Campus Team at [email protected] to let us know! If you have questions or problems setting up a meeting, call the DC office at (703) 522-2214.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent from_____________.
I’m attending the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Young Women’s Leadership Conference and would like to schedule a visit to meet with (Name of Member of Congress) or her/his women’s affairs staffer between 12 and 4 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Who can I speak with to schedule this meeting? Thank you, I look forward to meeting with (Member/Staffer’s Name) on March 23 at (insert time).

By Feminist Campus Team

@feministcampus

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