Feminist in Chief


Bi-weekly Brief:
 June 28th, 2016
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund 

50 Sen’s
For the first time ever, a woman has clinched the presidential nomination of a major party, and I can’t tell you how much I loved reading other women on Twitter describe what it means to them. This article with quotes from female senators is also pretty great, but a little short-- since just 20 of the 100 senators are women, it would probably help if there were more to pick from. Like at least 30 more. Help WCF make it happen and donate today.

Gram’s old party
By far the cutest story I’ve heard about the importance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination stars a four-year-old boy, who eats his breakfast off a presidential place mat that shows 44 men. His mom, a Democratic consultant, brought him to a campaign event, where Clinton mentioned her granddaughter, Charlotte. According to his mom, "He looked at me, his eyes wide as saucers and said, 'You mean grandmas can be president, too?'” Thanks to Hillary, children are learning that girls really can be president-- even if she sometimes has to tell them herself.

Vote with your purse
Political giving used to be one of “the most exclusive men’s clubs in American culture,” but as the New York Times reports, that’s changing quickly. This year 43% of campaign contributions have come from women, a greater share than ever before. Men still donate more overall-- partly because women are underrepresented in the kinds of jobs (like CEO) that can afford to write the really big checks. But the good news is that a lot of small donations can add up: if female voters all gave just $5 to one candidate, it would be enough to fund a million dollar campaign in every House race. I’d gladly trade a latte for more ladies in office.

Feminist in Chief
Speaking at the first ever United State of Women Summit last week, President Obama told the crowd, “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like.” That’s right, the leader of the free world just declared himself a feminist-- what could be more swagalicious than that?

Who run the world? (11-year-old) Girls
The summit's entire guest list was amazing, but I was most blown away by some of the youngest attendees. For example, there was Marley Dias, an 11-year-old who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign to draw attention to the lack of books featuring girls of color as protagonists. President Obama was introduced by Mikaila Ulmer, the 11-year-old founder of a lemonade company that raises money to help save dwindling honeybee populations. And of course there was Lyanna Mormont, the no nonsense 10-year-old ruler of Bear Island. (Ok that last one might have been from Game of Thrones.) Still, seeing all these young social entrepreneurs has me thinking I should start a sunglasses company myself-- we’re gonna need them with a future this bright.

Hail Maryland
Maryland has been on a roll lately. First they passed the Contraceptive Equity Act, which makes birth control more affordable by eliminating copays; then two weeks later they passed one of the nation’s strongest equal pay laws. Oh and both were signed by a Republican governor working together with a Democratic-majority legislature. Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, is just 30 miles from Washington-- if Congress ever wants to take a field trip to see how bipartisanship works, I’ll help pay for the busses.

California, here we come
After two women won California’s open Senate primary, no matter who wins in November it’s going to be historic. Kamala Harris would be the first African-American woman elected to the Senate in over 20 years (as well as the first ever Indian-American), while Loretta Sanchez would be the first Latina-- and either would be the first woman of color to represent the country’s most populous state. It’s good to hear that at least one California drought will be over soon.

Inspiration for representation
Women will be 50% of the major party presidential nominees this year, but overall women are still way underrepresented in politics. A Hillary Clinton win in November could hep change that though. Research has shown that electing women encourages more women to run for office themselves, and the higher profile the office the bigger the effect… and when women do run, they win just as often as men. So a female president would likely mean more female governors, which would mean more female representatives, which would mean more female mayors, and school board members, and comptrollers, and…

Moving pictures
On the other hand, political scientists believe that high profile episodes of sexism can discourage women from running, and no one has been more high profile or more sexist than Donald Trump. But I have an idea. Next time you see him saying something sexist on TV, turn it off and turn on one of these awesome and inspiring feminist documentaries instead.


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