THE ACTIVIST CARTEL
a written challenge to a duel
ACTION LETTER #18: August 10th, 2017
Dear Activist Cartel,
It doesn't surprise me that the female Republican Senators led the charge in shutting down Trumpcare. Unfortunately, to guarantee issues like maternity and contraceptive care are protected and at the forefront of the conversation, we need more women in office.
Pathetically, as I've mentioned before, the U.S. is currently ranked #100 in the world for female representation in congress. Who is helping to increase that number?
Emily's List is a fund completely dedicated to electing Democratic women to office. They began is 1986 when they helped Barbara Mikulski become the first female Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right. Since then, they've helped elect 900 women on the national, state, and local level, 40% of which have been women of color.
1.) Emily's List
--Learn about the candidates they've endorsed, and donate to them specifically.
--Endorse these candidates yourself! Voting (unfortunately) is so often only name recognition, so let's at least help get their names out there! Talk about and support them in your community. For example, the impressive Stacey Abrams and Cary Kennedy are running to be the first female Governors of Georgia and Colorado respectively. Find out who's running in your area!
--Buy cool gear that supports Emily's List, such as an adorable baby onesie that says "Tiny Feminist" (perfect gift).
--Get a Job or Internship with Emily's List.
2.) Run for office, Ask a woman to run, or Help a woman run for office.
--Sign up for Emily's List Run to Win Campaign, which supports women with resources like training, staffing, exposure, and funding.
--Attend a training: Even if you're only curious about what running for office looks like, you're still welcome at one of their trainings. They're doing them in 20 cities so far this fall.
--A woman must often be asked 7 TIMES before she decides to run for office, whereas a man doesn't need to be asked at all. Read this fascinating breakdown of why more women don't run for office and how young girls are far less encouraged to pursue that path.
3.) Support Katie Hill for Congress, CA-25, LA County's only swing district.
--I recently met her, and I was SO impressed! She's smart, focused, personable, not politician-y, caring, and strong. She balances a $40 million budget as the Executive Director and deputy CEO of PATH, the largest homeless service provider in California. You can read more about her in this ELLE article.
--We have a lot of members in the LA area, so please Donate, Meet her yourself, and/or Spread the Word!
4.) Read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In.
--Combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research, this book changes the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. It explores the issues that are holding women back from positions of leadership.
Change starts here and now!