Robyn Ritter Simon's home on September 22, 2011 for a reception.
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|Serena Josel, center, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood LA, and Rachel Michelin, right, of California Women Lead, listen to Lindsay Bubar, president, NWPC-Westside, speak at a seminar for women considering running for office. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times / September 18, 2011|
“To comply with California law, contributors are required to provide their employment information. If you are retired, please enter N/A under Employer and Retired under Occupation; if a homemaker, please enter N/A - Homemaker; if self-employed, please enter "Self-Employed" under Employer and describe your line of work under Occupation.”I paused for a moment to consider the request. How should I label myself for the elections commission? What was a seemingly innocuous request for information to aid the elections commission in tracking illicit contributions became an interesting conversation about labels and, eventually, empowerment.
“We are pleased to co-host a program of powerful women leaders who will inspire and motivate women to seek public office and serve their communities,” said West Hollywood Councilmember Abbe Land. “It is incumbent upon both female and male elected officials who believe in equal rights to actively support the development of future women leaders,” continued Councilmember Land.The one-day workshop will include panels that will help provide participants with the tools they need to run for office. Panel discussions will include:
“This is a book about what happens when certain casually held attitudes about women are taken to their logical conclusions.”Do I think Michelle Bachman will be the start of a new society like the one in The Handmaid’s Tale? Not at all. But I do think it’s a sign that we are in a dangerous time in our history when a legitimate Presidential hopeful can make such a statement. As a feminist, I’m exited to see more women in political office. And as a feminist, I am determined to make sure that those women who do get elected never make women’s rights a secondary issue.