You’ve heard the saying, “The Resistance is your mom.” Well, evidence points to the fact that a lot of the energy is coming from women. Women are becoming activists, they are getting organized, and they are running for every level of office in numbers that drown out previous records.
Many of us have noticed that this phenomenon isn’t being talked about much, so it is nice when a story makes the rounds, like the one the New York Times just published. As I read These Women Mostly Ignored Politics. Now, Activism Is Their Job it struck me how similar themes have emerged in my BlueWave interviews.
The women that I’ve interviewed are deeply committed to activating voters in their communities and most of them were “activated” following the inauguration. I am greatly energized by talking to these women and know that you’ll find inspiration in their stories as well. Here’s a taste of the interviews:
There is value, no matter how red your district is, to get more votes for Democratic candidates. You need that momentum to get the next wins.
If 2016 taught us anything, it is that voting is not enough. People have to be involved beyond just voting. Our democracy is at stake. Whatever you care about, find a group that’s making a difference and give it all you’ve got.
There’s a lot of work that we can do and being involved with a fellowship of people who want the same things you do is very satisfying. Go for it.
No matter where you are, you’re not going to be doing this work alone. You will find people who have the heart and passion you do, fellow Dems who are FIRED UP, and will be right there in your community. Go connect with them.
I know our work in the neighborhoods make a difference. As one example, earlier this year I got to know someone who leaned Democratic in their views but was essentially, a non-voter. Today, they are one of our lead precinct chairs.
I think many people I spoke to in the district were happy to hear about the impact their vote could make. That it wasn’t hopeless; that change really could happen if they voted.
When I went on my first canvass as a PC, I found out a lot of my neighbors thought they were they only Democrat in the neighborhood. I was thanked just for knocking on their door to tell them I was their PC. I told them they certainly weren’t alone.
These women believe that change can happen and are throwing themselves into their community 110%. I hope you find inspiration in their stories. I have some more interviews coming up — be sure to subscribe to this blog so you are the first to get those stories in your inbox!