Posted by Jennifer Scheulen on April 27, 2021 at 12:07 PM
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Pushing on an Open Door
Let’s take stock:
· Ten women confirmed in a few short weeks in the new Administration’s Cabinet.
· Many more in the pipeline for leadership posts throughout the federal government.
· Barely a ripple with some of the most strategic nominations and confirmations.
What a moment. What a wave.
What’s left? As women receive wide acceptance in positions of expertise, influence, and leadership in the national life we share, WCF bangs the drum for more of what it took to get them there: commitment to women in office.
Acceptance is a true milestone. Commitment is what turns that historic precedent into #50502028.
Commitment to making sure every one of these women is heard and her impact is noted far beyond the offices they occupy. Commitment to leveraging acceptance into expectation of a wide field of qualified women for every office on which we vote. Commitment to more than an organic “if we build it, they will come” approach.
We need every action we can imagine to ensure that the door is open ever wider from this moment forward, until we don’t even notice a door exists.
Posted by Jennifer Scheulen on March 09, 2021 at 8:30 PM
Wow. January was a stunner. Yet the weeks that followed did their best to keep up the pace. That’s really saying something, since, let’s face it, February in the U.S. is barely an excuse for a month, marked by a turtle crawl toward the hope of Spring, with a veiled threat to go on forever!
We’re on a wave. Delivering us faster than we might have imagined to #5050x2028.
How do we know?
The first ever female Director of National Intelligence got confirmed January 20th by an 84-10 vote in a 50/50 Republican/Democrat Senate – on the first day of a change of Administration.
Days later, Janet Yellen became another first, as the new female Secretary of the Treasury, her bona fides stacked high. The earth didn’t shake… The ocean kept on rushing to the shore…
Great news! Yet not the news on everyone’s lips.
That tells us how enormous the wave is becoming.
Questions that might have been heard a scant few years ago don’t seem to have challenged the outcome. “Can she handle it?” “Can the agencies handle their first woman chief?” The stories weren’t really that big a deal. Ask a few people if they can name the new DNI.
Once again, how do we know we’re on a wave?
Almost 60 years ago, a synthesis of 508 studies showed how people adopt innovation. Malcolm Gladwell talked about it in his bestseller, The Tipping Point.
Turns out, people embrace new options for doing things – in waves. Each driven by the influence of people in the wave before them. Two small waves up front, two big ones later. Next thing you know, more than eight out of ten people are standing on a new shore.
So, when the next big thing begins to look like just another day at the beach, you can be fairly sure the waves are rolling.
This is key: as the current rises, so do expectations. We’re no longer looking for a tiny bit of lift. 40/60 by 2075? Not anymore.
#5050x2028: It’s time to embrace the fullness of the opportunity borne by a powerful tide.
Speaking of which…
Posted by Women's Campaign Fund Team on January 29, 2021 at 7:35 AM
We got a glimpse of our #5050x2028 future this month with the arrival of a 50/50 team at the very top of the United States government.
And the future looks pretty good!
Of course, we expect 2028 to be different than now – but how? Current struggles and crises can forge opportunities we might never have imagined otherwise. What’s your role in choosing our best options?
As we celebrate this 50/50 moment, we are also reflecting on a moment of transformation – the opportunity to find the space between unyielding division and another place, where so many millions simply live and work and do their best to thrive.
We don’t meet this moment by reducing all our ideas and inspiration to the two or three things everyone can happily and peacefully agree on. We meet this moment by recognizing the abundance of options and goodwill available to us. We meet it by looking for more great ideas and ways to improve on those options.
You can make it your legacy to recognize that a world of potential is in our hands. You may not always know how to do things better. Yet you’ll find things work better when you move like the ocean: “flexible, transparent, open, yielding — and unstoppable."*
Each of us has the power to become a rich resource through which a whole world of different forces and ways can live with enough common ground to thrive.
Think about that as we engage with the new year and the wave that’s building toward the promise of #5050x2028!
* Martha Beck, Steering by Starlight
Posted by NationBuilder Support on December 29, 2020 at 10:54 AM
Happy New Year!
What word do you use to describe 2020? Yup. It was all that and more. Let’s break down our favorite moments and lessons learned – and we invite you to share yours with us below.
We head into 2021 clear-eyed about the work ahead, and with a hopeful heart. 2020 was a challenging year for our nation and our communities, but it has never been more obvious that #5050x2028 is an urgent goal. It meets this critical moment and sets us up for a different – a better – future for this generation and the next.
Thank you for helping move us in such significant ways so much closer to #5050x2028. We’ll have all sorts of adventures in the new year, but first, read on to celebrate and reflect on what we’ve done together this year.
Posted by NationBuilder Support on December 01, 2020 at 10:18 AM
In November, 50/50 leadership reached our highest office with the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. WCF believes a 50/50 team will bring outstanding insight to the table as our nation addresses challenges from the pandemic to culture change to economic endurance and recovery.
Americans with a wide range of ideas, from sea to shining sea, showed up and got it done on every level of elected government. A record-breaking number of women and, specifically, Republican women, were elected to Congress. Your neighbors and friends stepped up to run for local office and had an incredible impact on your community. Poll workers around the nation are STILL working hard to count every vote. You, the voter, made your voice heard.
It’s all worth celebrating. Take a lap around the living room and give it your best moves. Then, let’s get back to work – because we have a lot to do. Read on…
Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 31, 2020 at 11:31 AM
As a historic election cycle comes to a close, we are grateful to all the Americans who stepped up to make their communities a better place, and to all the barrier-breakers who showed us what leadership can and should look like.
From the voters and the poll watchers to the marchers and the courageous people who keep the conversation going across the aisle no matter how tough it gets, all the way up to one big 50/50 ticket, it’s everyday women and men – you! – who influence the forward vision of this nation!
Now, let’s get out and vote! And if you’re one of the millions of Americans who already cast their ballot, read on to check out what else caught our eye this month…
Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 01, 2020 at 9:43 AM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away this month. She was the second female Supreme Court Justice in our nation’s history and a trailblazer in her field. What does her legacy mean to you?
Her words ring crystal clear today: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”
It’s just common sense. Women are more than 50% of the population. They deserve to have a seat at the table at every level of elected government where decisions are made about YOUR life. That’s the spirit of #5050x2028.
Read on to see what else caught our attention this month...
Posted by NationBuilder Support on September 01, 2020 at 9:47 AM
Last month, we took a little time to CELEBRATE! August marked the historic centennial of the 19th Amendment AND Women’s Equality Day! We’re doing a little dance celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote – but we can’t forget that it’s been less than 60 years since states could no longer keep that right from Black women.
We’re doubling down on our work to make good on the promise to guarantee women’s right to participate in elected office – and make it a normal expectation for women and men to work in roughly equal numbers at all levels of elected government! Let’s finish the job the 19th Amendment started and get to #5050x2028!
In this newsletter, we celebrate how far we’ve come and commit to the work ahead. No time to lose! Ready? Let’s get started!
Posted by NationBuilder Support on July 31, 2020 at 5:55 PM
Welcome to your mid-summer newsletter from Women’s Campaign Fund!
Since we last talked, men and women across the nation continue to see bold crisis management and courageous responses to historic challenges from women elected leaders. Their decisive leadership gives us just a peek at what a future with women and men in roughly equal numbers at all levels of government will look like.
That’s the beauty of this pivotal moment: you get to move forward with clear intention, through all the uncertainty and upheaval, maintaining your vision of that future, the one you want and deserve.
In this newsletter, we explore ways to continue building the diversity of women running for office, highlighting the voices of Black women and other women of color – part of the promise of WCF’s #5050x2028 mission! Why wait to bring the strength of a wide range of experiences to the table?
What can you do to spark a conversation about these ideas in your home and neighborhood?