As 2016 comes to a close, many of us are saying “good riddance” to the year that has brought us so much discord and disappointment. Not only did Secretary Clinton lose the presidency -- despite winning the popular vote by over 2 million votes --- but we also said goodbye to strong women icons such as Gwen Ifill, Carrie Fisher, and Janet Reno.
There has been much to mourn, but we have a lot to do in 2017. The magic of the new year is the reminder that hope is always around us and a fresh start is possible. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Let's show Eleanor just how strong we are with these New Year's resolutions:
Resolve to run
You, yes, YOU should run for office. On March 18, the NWPC-WA is hosting its annual candidate training session. This training is designed to meet you wherever you are at -- whether you are thinking about running in 5 months or in 5 years. Hosted at the South Seattle College Georgetown Campus, this daylong women-focused training program will teach the nuts and bolts of running for office and provide the tools needed to put your name on the ballot. Even if you have only thought about running “someday”, this program will help you prepare. Click here for more information.
Resolve to support
Since 1971, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington has helped identify, mentor, educate, and support women leaders in our community who demonstrate commitment to reproductive freedom and women’s economic and social equity. By joining the Caucus, you receive exclusive access to events, opportunities to interview candidates during the endorsement process, and opportunities to network with women leaders in Washington state. Click here to join us.
Resolve to give back
Now more than ever, we need to strengthen the organizations that are protecting women’s reproductive rights and women’s equality. Consider making a tax-exempt donation to a non-profit group that supports women and families, such as the Gender Justice League, Planned Parenthood, or MomsRising. Check out our post-election blog post for more organizations that need our help.
When women rise up, we make a difference – we simply need to look ahead. Oprah once said, “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” There are many ways to step into 2017 – what story will you create next year? What actions are you resolved to take in 2017?
Constance McBarron is a member of the NWPC-WA Communications Committee, and is a public relations and communications professional living in Seattle.