It's almost the 4th of July, and fireworks are just around the corner! And a day off right in the middle of the work week?? It's safe to say I'm super excited to spend the holiday on the lake , firecracker popsicle in hand 🙌
This year I'm teaming up with my friends at Bird + Stone to celebrate Independence Day in style with their latest cuff. Bird + Stone knows that the founding fathers wanted to build a country with democracy as its foundation, and in the words of Angelica Schuyler, it’s time to “include women in the sequel” *work!*
That’s why Bird + Stone decided to dedicate their newest accessory to women in politics. For every purchase of the “Who Run the World?” set, they will donate 10% of the cost to She Should Run “to expand the talent pool of women running for office, close the gender gap in politics by getting 250,000 women to run by 2030, and provide community, resources, and growth opportunities for aspiring political leaders”!
Even in 2018, women are dramatically underrepresented in politics. We make up 50.8% of the population, but only 20% of congress (the Center for American Women and Politics has a great tool for seeing these numbers broken down for all political offices, that you can check out here). It’s difficult for legislation to accurately reflect our country’s needs when half of citizens don’t see themselves reflected in the politicians themselves.
Luckily, more women are running for office than ever!
According to the New Yorker, as of April, 472 women had entered the race for the House of Representatives and 57 in the Senate. In 2012, that number was 298, and 36 respectively. The article also mentions the diversity of these women, saying “This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group. It includes more women of color than previous electoral years, as well as a number of immigrants.”
You can see the full list of female candidates here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is famously quoted saying “There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine”. Men have unevenly represented this country for decades, so why is the idea of an all-female court so radical? It’s time for our government to represent our population, and time for women to close the gender gap in politics.
Because who runs the world? GIRLS
Thank you to Bird + Stone for collaborating on this post! You can purchase your own set of Who Run the World cuffs here, and learn more about the She Should Run program, or make a donation here! To read my previous post featuring Bird + Stone, click here.
Because no child should go to school afraid.
Because no teacher should be given bullets instead of books.
Because congress is bought by the NRA.
Because the lives of Black Americans matter.
Because human rights are more important than gun rights.
Because enough is enough. Today I marched.
This past Saturday, millions of women around the world gathered to fight for women's rights and equality. On Facebook I saw friends participating all over this country, from Seattle to Boston, to the original DC march. I even saw peers posting internationally, from the UK and France.
These months since the election have been difficult, as many women in America are faced with the loss of health care and the defunding of important programs such as Planned Parenthood. Young girls will be growing up in a country that is lead by a president who openly speaks of sexual assault and harassment as if it is the norm. In light of these fears, the opportunity to come together with 175,000 feminist women and men in my city alone was truly incredible. It was more than funny posters and witty lines, it was the feeling that we are not alone in this struggle and that together women can make the change we need to see.
My hope is that this march is effective. While I struggle to imagine it will influence the president or his crew of misogynists, at the very least we as marchers should use it as an opportunity to influence ourselves. Be inspired by your own participation to go further. Volunteer with organizations that will be harmed by Trump's legislation, whether that be Planned Parenthood, NARAL, or even environmental organizations. Give your time to helping others with less privilege than yourself, and stay active in the political process while being mindful of intersectionality and considering the concerns of minorities. Know that simply seeing the march on the news will not be enough to break the deep roots of sexism in our society. Avoid "slacktivism" and go through with your promises to make progress in real ways.
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