★ Common Ground is WCF’s overarching principle. When it comes to fighting political gridlock, the single biggest change we can make isn’t red or blue, Republican or Democrat. It’s electing more women who create Common Ground to solve the nation’s complex problems. Further, Common Ground reflects the way women elected officials work best, which also means elected office will be more appealing to women.
It encompasses a set of values and a type of leadership, an alternative to the sharp-elbowed politics that keeps America gridlocked. Common Ground means asking, listening, and hearing what your colleagues and constituents value and need. Common Ground means bringing allies and opponents together through communication, collaboration, and principled negotiation-- then taking action.
Common Ground means governing as leaders instead of following pundits or special interest groups. It recognizes that elected officials who disagree and are able to work together can get more done for our country. Common Ground will be the way we govern when we elect more women to office.
Many people ask us how do we expect elected officials to reach Common Ground?
Common Ground at WCF has five simple suggested strategies:
- Avoid demonizing the other party.
- Bipartisanship doesn’t mean giving up your principles.
- Don’t reject a good idea just because it is offered by someone from the other party.
- Take the other side’s concerns seriously.
- Keep trying and continue talking.