On entering, Warren spotted a schoolgirl among the local politicians who had gathered to receive her, and went for her. “I’m Elizabeth Warren,” she told the youngster, extending her hand, and bending down to make eye contact. “And I’m running for the United States Senate. Because that’s what girls do. Remember that. It’s important.” Philip Gourevich, The New Yorker
Whatever your political affiliation, it is undeniable that last night was a watershed moment in American politics. Ninety-two years after the Suffragettes won us the right to vote, women have finally coalesced into a powerful political force to be reckoned with.
And while we celebrate Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, and the other women who won senate seats last night, there is still a long way to go before we reach parity in the halls of local and federal government. Where we go from here is going to require not just focused effort, but a sense of entitlement that may be new for us. We are so used to supporting others, but it has become clear that if we want the issues we care about addressed, we're gonna have to do it ourselves.
In that spirit, Marianne Williamson, author, lecturer and longtime spiritual crusader in the name of peace and love, is hosting a two-day conference this weekend, at the beautiful Saban Theater on Wilshire Boulevard. Here’s the pitch: “The purpose of SISTER GIANT is to help create a new conversation in American politics, one in which principles of higher consciousness form a new foundation for political involvement.“
Saturday will be devoted to discussing the personal and political issues that prevent women from running for office. For many of us, politics is too toxic to go near, but of course, that is precisely why we, and our brothers in the “consciousness community,” need to be more involved. Yes, it's ugly, but if we don't step up and advocate for children, families, equal pay, reproductive rights, education, tax reform and fairness and transparency in politics, then the bad boys are just going to run away with the whole enchilada, and we'll be left barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen once more.
Sunday will be devoted to a day-long workshop led by The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. It will be a hands-on training session in the nuts and bolts of running for office, demystifying the process and empowering women to launch their own campaigns for local and national elections.
There is a full schedule of events on the Sister Giant website, with fascinating speakers from five different parties laying out arguments for why we should campaign under their banners. So let's pull up our socks and really get in the game ladies—because as Ms. Warren said, that’s what girls do. It's important.