Shawano Area Women’s Network raising awareness


Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Carrie Pitt is co-chair of the Shawano Area Women’s Network.

The Shawano Area Women’s Network (SAWN) was formed in May to bring awareness about many issues.

“We felt something needed to be done,” said Carrie Pitt, who is co-chair along with Jan Koch.

They became affiliated with the Forward Action Wisconsin Network and are non-partisan.

“I make that point at every meeting,” Pitt said. “It’s time to heal the country.”

Currently, there are about 40 active members of all ages. One of their community projects is collecting new socks and underwear for the Cecil Community Closet who have clothes and other items available totally free.

They are interested in issues and have members signed up for different topics such as healthcare, public education, environment, gun violence, human trafficking, veterans affairs and voting rights.

“We have to go door to door and get signatures and present them to the city council,” Pitt said.

She referred to the quote, “Silence is the acceptance of the oppressor.”

Sasha White joined because she is interested in the political climate and feels people who are like-minded can do something.

“I feel strongly about a lot of things,” she said. “Alone I can’t do anything.”

On Aug. 18, 1920, it will be 100 years since women got the right to vote with the 19th Amendment. The group is planning a march in Shawano that day, and Pitt said the women were excited about it.

“We as women need to celebrate our right to vote.” she said. “We want our voices to count.”

The group includes the counties of Shawano, Menominee, Oconto and Waupaca. Their mission is to offer an opportunity for people to improve their communities, state, and country with direct action, advocacy, education and political engagement.

They meet the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Shawano City-County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., and at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Shawano Civic Center, 225 S. Main St., with a meeting followed by a relevant film.

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