Bi-weekly Brief: April 28, 2016
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In the Giving (Tuesday) spirit
I’ve just finished a week of eating and shopping your heart out and the fun’s hardly over. In fact, the most worthwhile day of this holiday season is today: Giving Tuesday, which aims to curb the self-indulgence that’s so popular this time of year by promoting selflessness. It’s simple: just give a little bit (there’s probably a song for that somewhere) of time, money, support, knowledge, whatever. I suggest giving to a difference maker. How about an organization that recruits, empowers, and endorses women candidates who support common ground solutions? Hmm, that sounds like a worthwhile endeavor.
Nikki Haley picked for Trump cabinet
After a slew of men’s names have been thrown around as potential nominees for cabinet positions, I’m both thrilled and relieved to hear about the first woman appointee. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is our new ambassador to the UN, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for more women in the Trump cabinet.
Know your voting rights: why staying informed is so vital
There’s an old cliché that says, “knowledge is power,” which is both true and a bit overused. While it’s always important to be informed about current issues, the how can be elusive, especially when it comes to politics. As I read this article about voter protection, I was struck by how few people might be aware of their rights when it comes to the voting process *sigh*. An uninformed shrug will just never do. So if your idea of celebrating Giving Tuesday is sharing knowledge instead of donating money to worthy causes, share the above article in the spirit of a more informed electorate.
The ‘Why’ behind the Women’s March on Washington
Having my voice heard is one of the many reasons I love our democracy. It affords us the right to peaceful assembly and, on January 21, we’ll exercise this right in Washington, DC. Join me! And bring the guys too – this is about unity.
For a full download on why the Women’s March on Washington is so important, read this. Then show up and walk with all of us.
PS: if you ever feel that your right to protest is infringed upon, here’s a little something to know. But I hope it doesn’t come to that.
Sad statistics for women in politics
Earlier this month, the Clinton campaign gave us plenty to root for, and a woman led Donald Trump’s campaign down the final stretch. My confidence was so high that I wore my sunglasses indoors every chance I got. People stared, but whatever. Now I’m left scratching my head. How does this happen? Statistics from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) show that the number of women in state government positions in 2017 is no better than 2016! People, this has to change. Supporting women for public office is imperative. Period. Want to do something about it? Here’s a good place to start. Let’s dig in.
Have 20 minutes for political parity?
The short answer is yes, and it’s easy. Watch this Ted talk from Sandi Toksvig about England’s Women’s Equality Party. I laughed. Then I wondered why more US states don’t adopt this approach (bravo, New York). This was the most worthwhile 20 minutes of my day, so get to watching and learning! And giving.