We recruit, train, fund, and work to elect  progressive women in Northeastern Pennsylvania to political office at the local and state levels of government.

Membership opportunities include: 

  • Serving on committees

  • Encouraging women to seek political office

  • Learning about the political process

  • Working on the campaigns of endorsed candidates

  • Promoting and attending our fundraising efforts

  • Recruiting other women to join PWNEPA

  • Celebrating the positive outcomes of progressive women in leadership

  • Participating in candidate endorsement and MORE!

We recruit, train, endorse and support women candidates for local and state elected office 

in the Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming county areas of NEPA.  

Your participation is more important to us than money, if you are unable to pay the membership fee, please contact us.

Thank you! 

About US

Progressive Women of NEPA (PWNEPA)

supports and endorses women candidates 

who support our VALUES:

  • Public policies that are just, rational and based upon empirical evidence

  • Equal civil liberties and civil rights for all people, in law and in reality

  • Equal educational and economic opportunities for all people

  • Legally guaranteed access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care, including reproductive services; such as prenatal care, birth control, abortion and postnatal care

  • Protection from oppression and violence used by individuals and groups in order to suppress others


Our Vision

Our Vision is a healthy democracy in which government establishes and maintains legal, economic and social equity for all people, regardless of sex, race, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability immigration status, or any other characteristic used to oppress individuals or groups.

PWNEPA's Origins

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Our six endorsed candidates won in the recent election!

Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County Commissioner; Paige Cognetti, Scranton Mayor; Jessica Rothchild, Scranton City Council;

Sarah Cruz, Catherine Fox and Ro Hume,Scranton School Board

Their public service will most assuredly change "politics as usual" in NEPA!  Congratulations to each and good luck.

Five of these political newcomers are inaugural members of PWNEPA.

      In honor of their election, we are conducting a membership drive to increase the number of our inaugural members. The one-time $50 membership fee is open only to women who reside in the 7 counties* of NEPA. This special inaugural category will expire on February  1, 2020, when PWNEPA's new by-laws take effect. So now is the time to secure your position as an inaugural member of our grass roots political action committee. Join us!

Board Members

Chair, Marie Killian​

Jean Harris, Ph.D.​

​M. J. Igoe​

Wendy Jones​

Jan W. Kelly, Ph.D.​

Annette Palutis​

Ann Powell, Esq.​

Phyllis Reinhardt

Judie Senkow-Richards

The Board of Progressive Women of Northeastern Pennsylvania (PWNEPA) is made up of engaged women PAC members. The board establishes a budget, oversees expenditures, and assures that all operations are in compliance with applicable law.

Board members interview women candidates for local and state offices who have completed our candidate questionnaire.

Thank you for your interest in Progressive Women of NEPA.

Board of Directors Meetings

Second Tuesday, every two months at 5:30 p.m. Location to be announced. 

Dec. 10, 2019

Feb. 11, 2020

April 14, 2020 (Annual Fundraiser)

June 9, 2020

August 11, 2020

October 13, 2020

December 8, 2020

Additional dates may be announced.