In the past two years, American women have been galvanized, leading the resistance, holding men to account like never before, marching in solidarity to purge sexism from every echelon of society.
But while they are leading the way, for change to really take place and a cultural shift to occur, American Men have got to fall in line and follow their lead. We will never win… You will never win… if the equation remains “us versus them.”
So, in the spirit of this-is-an-US-problem with an-US-solution – this week we’re shining a light on the MEN WHO HELP WOMEN WHO RUN. An outspoken feminist, Former President Barack Obama, made headlines recently when he addressed an audience at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg – suggesting that more women ought to be in power.
And, following the lead of his wife Michelle, President Obama is backing up his words with action. Two weeks ago, on the day the United Nations declared International Day of The Girl, the Obama’s announced the Global Girls Alliance… a program of the Obama Foundation, seeking to empower adolescent girls around the world through education. And, the Girls Alliance is teaming up with GoFundMe to create a fundraising destination to support grassroots leaders across the globe who are working to empower girls.
American girls, like their mothers are engaging civically in unprecedented numbers. According to a recent report by the nonpartisan opinion research organization PRRI, 48 percent of 15- to 24-year-old women say they have signed an online petition, compared to only 39 percent of men in the same age group. And, girls were 39 percent more likely than boys to say they had donated money to a campaign or a cause.
Educate girls, improve the world for all of us. Elect more women, empower more girls, improve the world for all of us. One study conducted by Notre Dame researchers concluded, “The more politics is infused with visible female role models, the more adolescent girls report an expectation of being involved in politics.” In other words, if you can see it, you can be it.
Of the 81 candidates former President Obama has endorsed in the 2018 midterms thus far, more than 50 of them have been women.
Another former president, Jimmy Carter, is another outspoken proponent of women’s rights and has spent his post presidency mobilizing faith groups and leaders around the world to help advance women’s causes. He has called this “the highest priority” for the rest of his life.
While we no doubt have a long, long way to go to fix what’s broke, we can also take heart in how far we’ve come… some of us anyway. As we’ve discussed several times before, the public hearing for Christine Blasey Ford’s before the Senate Judiciary committee – while devastating, was a teeny if not tiny step forward for mankind, if you compare her treatment to that of Anita Hill back in 1991.
This year, the slate of all male republican senators at least had a modicum of selfawareness enough that the optics would be bad if they were to pummel her with questions and condescension ala back in 1991… Those geezers sounded more like they were channeling the mentality from much darker ages.
While the former VP maintains that he believed Professor Hill, and that he was her defender during those hearings, he definitely came up short when it came to protecting her from the contempt of his colleagues. Though, in response to that contempt, in 1994, he did author the Violence Against Women Act. This was a landmark legislation to fund social agencies that support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
FYI, the Violence Against Women Act could expire as soon as December of this year – if we don’t do our part to remind congress and President Trump why this legislation is so critical. Failing to extend it will at the very least send a message to women that curbing violence against women is not all that important.
Here’s a tweet from super star astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson – that is really quite mind blowing if you ponder it for a bit! He writes:
Imagine how much more advanced society would be today if women, who comprise half the world’s brain power, were socially & intellectually enfranchised from the beginning of time? @NeilTyson
Later in the show, we’ll introduce you to a man who transformed from an evangelical pastor to a woman’s rights advocate. His blog is called, Feminist Asian Dad, and he’s going to offer some practical ways in which men, and their sons by extension, can become stronger advocates for women during this tumultuous time.
In our Candidate spotlight, meet former Miss America, now running for the US House to represent the 3rd district in Alabama, Mallory Hagan.
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