Showing posts from September, 2009

Some notes on women in US politics

Today although more than 90% are open to a female candidate
Factors that lead to her defeat
1. Rules favor men => did not win as many d
2. In the beginning Hill’s message was not a clear
Clear winner, not inviting people into
3. Gender bias in the media => commentary throughout the campaign (tear, tough, pms, passionate…)
4. Clinton had been on the stage for a long time – 16 years

We question our selves as women
We need to challenge our selves more – be willing to aim as high as men – being more assertive, without fear
Afraid to speak out, let someone else do that
Need to have more women framing the debate
Not just reactive
Rarely do we see female legislators making the Sunday rounds
What sets the glass ceiling level?
Does women’s confidence set the glass ceiling level?
Easier to not take responsibility?

Why is it taking so long for women to be integrated into position of power in the US G?
Given current trends women will have 50% by this year
2071 H of Rep 2100 senate US congresswomen make…

Some notes from Sept 4 Donna Brazile talk

Donna Brazil's recipe for success => women can break through the glass ceiling!
1. break old patterns that hold us back
2. go beyond our circumstances
3. never accepts no => no I can’t is old school
believe in hope
4. women are the majority => time to use our power
5. know our capacity SW
6. build networks
7. we can remake the world => you need to believe it first

And we need to
Work for us to do right here where we live => right here right now
Educate women
Build a bridge for women and girls
Women need to support women