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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “Too Many American Women Are Sitting On The Sidelines”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “Too Many American Women Are Sitting On The Sidelines”

Has the women’s movement stalled, and are we still fighting the same fights that women have been fighting since the 70′s, when the women’s movement first really moved into the forefront?

Yes, claims Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  And according to her, that needs to change.

“Too many women are sitting on the sidelines today, and are not getting engaged.  Many women think their votes don’t matter.  That couldn’t be further from the truth,” Gillibrand stated in a conference call with bloggers.  “Women are the economic engines of this country, and the key to economic security and rebuilding the middle class.”

To address the inequities, both in Congress and in the current day-to-day economic situation, the New York Democrat has introduced a new initiative called “Off The Sidelines.”  The website, which hosts tools to help women get better involved in leading in their communities, provides stories of women who have been able to get more involved in pushing the issues important to women — equal pay, equal representation, the ability to both work and parent, and how to engage in the greater conversations shaping our country.

“Women have a lot of opinions that should be heard, and life experiences that should inform this debate,” said Gillibrand.  “Without those experiences life would be much poorer.  Women must know that they must be heard, and they must know that their country will suffer without them.”

“It’s really about making your voice heard and about being a leader on an issue that you are passionate about,” said Gillibrand spokesperson Todd Beeton.

One of her many ambitious goals?  An attempt to expand the number of female Senators in Congress to 50, winning half of the seats to represent half of the population.

Watch the video about Gillibrand’s new initiative to get women off the sidelines, represented in politics and in the office place and help promote gender equity from the board rooms to the White House.  And if you want tips on how you can get off the sidelines, you can go here.

 

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12:53PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

I went to Sarah Palin's facebook page and I was sickened by the women who kept on praising her and saying that she was just like them and they could relate to her and her mama grizzly attitude. Most of us women are Mama grizzlies when it comes to our children no matter what our political views. These women apparently like being a second class citizen and viewed as their husband's property . I think Sarah and Bachmann should practice what they preach to the rest of us women and go home start cooking their masters dinner and quit galvanting the streets like some floozy trying to do a MAN'S JOB.

5:09AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

This is an ambitious politician who is pandering to the female voters by telling them that they are special.

As to feminism, it is hardly dead, and it is men who are discriminated against more than women today.

10:59PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Marched for ERA in 70s- don't see women marching now. Afraid of being called a FEMINIST. Well just get used to being called SLAVE.

9:40PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

I agree 100+%. We got damn angry in the 60's and 70's and we've been stalled for a very long time. It is way past the time when we should get angry and get moving as one large collective team to show what we really can do and how we can make America great again.

But we must be smart, not all women are team players and not all women want equality, fairness and justice, just take one hard look at Palin, Bachman, Angle, McDonald, etc. They scare the hell out of me just as much as the rest of the male mright-wing Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats.

Great article Robin. BTW, watch Gillibrand for 2016.

6:49PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

I really liked two comments:
Madeline's (12:11PM) and
Sharlene's (6:07AM)!

I liked Madeline's because she suggests that women are internalizing other's opinions, but I am inferring that she feels that that can be stopped if women support women, if we support each other and show that we are on the same team.

I like Sharlene's because she suggests no sex until...

I see them, in a way, tied together. In any teamwork effort there is respect, support, encouragement, etc. It is a dance, with each other, to attain a goal, and that is to win whatever it is that the 'team' wants.

So, I see it as:
1. SUPPORT OTHER WOMEN
2. FIGURE OUT WHAT WE WANT
3. BAND TOGETHER TO GET IT

As simplistic as this may sound, the first one is the most important, as I see it. WE HAVE TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT OURSELVES, AND ALLOW OUR STRENGTHS TO COME TO THE SURFACE, then we can better step out into the world and join a cause!!!

WOMEN, CELEBRATE YOUR DAUGHTERS, and men, if you at all comfortable in doing the same...I am guessing it would make a huge difference in everything, including the economy!!!

4:27PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

James D.,
It seems to me that many of these gender differences are based in cultural biases. That's why so few women hold elected office.

My mother was the most intelligent woman I've met. She suggested that sending all women into the workplace kept them quiet and prevented the political activity that once was theirs. It's hard to work long hours and then work some more on issues after the housework and taking care of the kids.

If we had the kinds of social supports that exist in Sweden and Denmark, then women might be able to engage equally. That and changing the incredible anti-female bias of our country. Sexism is built into every system in existence (along with ageism, racism, homophobia, hatred of the poor and of the mentally ill)...we have a ways to go. May we all be kinder to ourselves and to each other.

4:04PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Thank you, James D.!!!

3:41PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Voting should be based on an individuals viewpoints and past actions not gender or party affiliation. The likes of a Bachmann or Palin speaks volumes. What kind of drugs were the voters on who elected them?
Sitting on the sidelines doesn't just apply to women, either.
What is needed is an electorate who is unwilling to participate in popularity contests, party politics and will spend some time educating themselves before voting.
The elites are running the show to the detriment of the rest of us and the vast majority are playing along only to be handed their heads for doing so. It is time all voters stop playing the games the political dogs want us to play. Whether woman or man, the politicians are all beholden to special interests and have been doing so for a very long time.
I am reminded of Kevin Phillips book, "Arrogant Capital" written in the mid 1990's. Sadly, nothing has changed since that time. The question remains how long will the crap continue before ALL voters get sick of the s.o.b.'s in D.C.

2:38PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

I think many women are on the sidelines, because they think all the work has been done and everything is fine. Some of us older folks (me 69) payed the way for them and their choices But things don't stay the same, often they are attacks from other side. Freedom of choice in birth control and abortion is one issue. So now it's become limited, because women didn't stand up for it. Don't have to use, it when you take away such freedom of one's body, you take away some of their powers. If women don't stay active, so will lose ther choices.

1:11PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Speaking in generalizations and granting that there are, thankfully, many exceptions to what I am about to say; Men are confrontational, Women are cooperative. Men are interested
in power questions, Women are interested in nurturing
questions. Men are stronger in the physical sense but think
with their small head, Women are strong enough physically
(we don't have to kill our food with our bare teeth any more) and think with their hearts as well as their brains.

As long as the woman under discussion has not been warped by irrational dogma, ill treatment, or just too damned many
close graphic examples of bad reasoning and behavior, I
would be happy for any woman to fill any position of authority and leadership; very happy to follow if I could choose her. The most remarkable person I ever met (and I have met and dealt with many tens of thousands of people over the years) was a woman. I trusted her opinion and decisions over all others, even my own if we disagreed. Many of the rest of the remarkable people I have know were women. The rest of the remarkable people I have known respected women as much as I do.

If the right women ran the world, it would not only be different, it
would be incredibly better. They would also have the sense
to choose the Best males to assist them, not those with the
best connections.

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