I'm not an emotional person. I don't anger easily. I don't have a combative spirit. And I'm very, very careful about picking my battles. Which brings me to my next point...
I checked my Facebook page a few days ago. It was late at night, but people were still online posting...and venting. Pretty common, right? Well, something, or should I say someone caught my eye. I'll call her "Kelly." Kelly was frustrated and upset about the number of political posts on her timeline. She was mad and totally "OVER IT." (Yep, she posted it in all caps). Kelly wanted Facebook to return to that wonderful, blissful utopia that features snapshots of food, obnoxious quotes and sappy relationship updates. Ahhhh...Facebook. Gotta love it. :)
Any-who. I'm always surprised to hear a person say they're not "into" politics. Completely blown away and disappointed when I hear a woman say it. The conversation usually goes something like this:
Friend: I don't like politics. I don't get it. I don't follow it.
Me: * blank stare *
Friend: I hate politics....blah, blah, blah.
Me: Girl, what? Do you know that these politicians (mostly men) are out here making decisions about our reproductive rights? Passing laws about our health care choices... Hellllloooo - our issues are at stake!
Listen. Beyonce says "Girls Run The World." And I believe it. As women, we've made some amazing strides over the last 20 years, but we have a long way to go. And to get there, we have to be engaged in the political process. We shouldn't be comfortable sitting on the sidelines. We can't afford to "get over it." We have to get into it.
There's no question about it, this Presidential election will be a close race. Will female voters be a key factor? Absolutely. Our impact is critical and yes, we will play a pivotal role on November 6th.
To women like Donna Brazile and Maria Shriver....and me, politics isn't some dry, boring, cold place reserved for older men in nice suits. It's the freeway to empowerment. It's a place where our thoughts and ideas can help change lives.
So, the next time you hear a woman diss politics, talk to her about the candidates and the issues. Help her understand. And politely remind her of all the women and men who made sacrifices, so that we--women could have a seat at the table. And then grab a microphone, turn up the video below and...Rock. Out. :)