Who was the genius that put our national election day in the same month as our national day of familial gatherings, gratitude and gluttony? That seems like a volatile holiday cocktail, if you ask me.
Depending on which way these midterms turn out, if your extended family is anything like ours, half of your faction will be gloating and the other half will be hanging their heads in the gravy, lamenting what should have been.
But, hopefully, fingers crossed, there will be at least ONE major milestone election result that we can ALL celebrate. More women elected to office! More women in the halls of power to help reshape the highly ineffective dynamic in Washington. More women on both sides of the aisle, who are willing to do what it takes to shape a better future!
As of the day we recorded this episode, according to the Washington Post Campaign 2018, there are 143 female candidates who are not incumbents, who will be on the ballot in November. Close to ten of these women are military veterans, some are former teachers, lawyers, nurses. Several would be the very first woman, woman of color, or LGBTQ official elected to their seat.
On this episode we will share some of the exciting progress that is already happening right beneath our noses. Stereotypes are being shattered. Traditional female traits and experiences are being embraced as powerful assets that will serve as the building blocks to transformational leadership…
“Power concedes nothing without demand,” vowed 19th century social reformer and renown suffragist, Frederick Douglas.
This year women are speaking truth to power. Many are wearing gender as a badge of honor, because they know and research reinforces that when there are more women on boards or executive offices, their teams perform better. These candidates know that their inclusion and their unique points of view and experience, if elected, can only help government to perform better.
We’re going to share with you some of the most provocative and entertaining campaign ads we’ve seen this season. Two gubernatorial candidates who are breast feeding on camera, one candidate that throws shade at male politicians for mansplaining in the halls of congress. Some women have bravely shared sexual assault stories and are running campaigns to be a voice for the voiceless.
On this episode, Tracy will sit down for an in-depth interview with Gretchen Whitmer, still basking in the glow of her Primary win. Who she is, why she’s running and what she hopes to accomplish if the voters of Michigan decide she will be their next governor.
In addition, meet, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, a hard-working mother who almost lost her young son to a severe illness. She recognizes how lucky she was to have insurance, and now she’s for congress in central Illinois to help other mothers who are not as fortunate as she was.
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