500pm – We’re doing introductions. We have some cool people here!!!! This panel is being monitored by Cheryl Contee from Jack & Jill Politics – one of the go-to blogs and James Rucker from Color of Change. Pam Spaulding is here. Black kos. Pantagone.net. A great mix of involved people.
443pm – While waiting for the panel to start I was interviewed by someone who wanted to get perspectives from NetRoots attendees regarding Obama’s FISA vote. I think it was someone working with the Obama campaign but the introductions flew by quickly. I had to emphasize that I enthusiastically support the “Michelle Obama for First Lady” political endeavor. If Barack gets elected that’ll work too, but I have my priorities lol! Seriously though, I think the entire idea of government monitoring individuals has gone of before he decided to run and will continue long after we’ve crossed over. This was not a breaking point for me, but I may post more on that at another time. I didn’t want questions posed to me with a particular intent so I made it clear that one vote is not the sum of the existence for this country. This isn’t a popularity contest and if anyone thinks the government won’t find a way around any such laws they are delusional, but anyway…..
4:06 pm – Wrapping things up. One attendee who was a candidate for office discusses how she had a degree from Harvard but her male opponent who didn’t attend college ran ads portraying her as a blonde ditz. She says the media accepted that label without questioning. This leads to a discussion of how the cable news pundits [specifically mentioning how vile Chris Matthews has been] have been guilty of belittling women on camera. This leads to someone mentioning Hillary Clinton’s campaign and how she bristles at those who bandy the theme of “any woman but her”.
3:54 pm – Question 2: What are ways women connect with each other politically? How effective are listservs? Why do we tend to not give ourselves credit for the things we do? We think of things that are expected of us and trying to be Superwoman. Do mothers that work on campaigns demand child care as a stipulation for accepting a position? Do we realize our worth?
3:48pm – There are more women elected to office at the Federal Level. The opinion is that female candidates are usually willing to hire more female staffers. This is an interesting mix of women from their 20s-60’s. The Democratic Party has been lax at creating a Farm Team [a mentoring group]. Someone just popped in to explain why there’s a Women’s caucus, Mom’s caucus and Feminist caucus: it was to encompass the experience and persuasion of those attendees and not limit how they identify.
337pm One attendee who is DFA Scholarship recipient and worked on the Obama campaign mentions how so many women are volunteering versus the number of men who are getting paid. That touches on the what opportunities are available and what are women willing to accept – or demand for themselves.
326pm There are some amazing women attending pursuing a wide variety of interests. We are setting up a mailing list to network and support each other’s endeavors. Question 1. What is the ratio of men to women attending? I could also ask what is the ratio of POC to non-POC but will cover that at the African-American caucus which starts at 430pm.
I arrived at the Convention Center and was approached by Greenpeace members at the building entrance requesting support for HR1590 regarding Climate Change.
Welcome to my blog. I have been a lurker and commenter on numerous social/political blogs. Some of those blog owners suggested that everyone who participated should have their own blog if they hadn’t started one yet. In addition, one of my career advisors suggested other creatives could benefit from sharing stories of pursuing an objective.