Written By: Shantera L. Chatman, MBA
Several women have thrown their hats into the ring to run in the Democratic presidential primary, hoping to become the nominee for 2020. Waging an election campaign is difficult for anyone, but women who want to run in the current climate will have a difficult time having their voices heard. The media, the political infrastructure, and the culture all have the potential to interfere with a candidate’s message. A lazy focus on clothes, hairstyles, ethnicity, or national origin distract from discussions about the preferred policies, professional experience, and track records of these women. Women who care about how our country is run, and by whom, should demand that ALL candidates for office be respected as serious contenders, and be allowed to make their cases without the media, the party system, and the culture distorting their voices.
As activists, we must hold ourselves accountable for the protection of these women’s voices (at least as much as we can). Anyone who wants these women’s voices to be heard more clearly should do the following:
- Make a list of important issues and examine the candidates’ positions considering those issues
- Focus on one candidate at a time and hear them all out before comparing
- Seek out longer-form interviews and discussions instead of sound bites
- Declutter social media accounts that serve only to work up emotions rather than inform
- Engage with lazy reporting and redirect the conversation by contacting reporters via social media who play into the old narratives. Call them out on undermining these candidates’ messages.
Shantera L. Chatman, MBA is a the Founder & Executive Director, The Chatman Women’s Foundation Managing Partner, C+A Global Group. She is also an Author & Coach
Written by Samantha Skinner
As we embark on this journey of change and hope in our world, we also embark on the many changes that might take place when it comes to voting season. The time for voting is now and when it comes to who you’re going to choose, you might not know about all of the candidates that are on the list.
There are actually quite a few strong women on the line up, many more than you would see in recent years, making it a year of change in many different ways and more way than one. Meet some of the women that are going to be running for the elections.
According to the New York Times, this is the most diverse the political pool has been ever. There is an increase in women and different minorities, as well as others coming into the mix and putting their names out there. It is sure to be one different type of election, a very interesting one, to say the least.
There are currently 260 women that are listed on the directory for the Center for American Women and Politics. With this number being so high, it is expected that it is going to continue to climb even further. Additionally, 60 of these women are currently running for senate or house during the elections. Some have owned their own businesses, others have backgrounds in political sciences and some are well known top of the line people at big businesses.
These women are all U.S. congressional nominees that are running during the elections, keep an eye out for their names – Chrissy Houlahan, Lena Epstein, Lea Marquez Peterson, Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, Dee Thorton, Elaine G. Luria and Jane Raybould amongst others.
These women get out there and inspire other women to do the same. As the world changes, it is important to note that as women, we can do anything we set our minds too and get to where we want to be.