Vote Run Lead Action recently held its national RUN/51 Summit in Detroit, Michigan, for women interested in running for office and running campaigns. More than 150 women and gender-diverse people from across the country attended.
In the many tributes written since Rosalynn Carter’s death on Nov. 19, one word often is used to describe her: trailblazer. Indeed, Rosalynn Carter was like no other first lady, since Eleanor Roosevelt.
In September, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer relaxed the chamber’s formal dress code — coat, tie and slacks for men, but no specified attire for women — to accommodate Sen. John Fetterman, who wore hoodies and gym shorts in the Senate cloakroom. After an outcry, the Senate voted unanimously to reinstate the code.
The grit it takes to run for elected office is something voters rarely understand unless they’ve experienced it personally. On top of the incredible time commitment and sheer endurance, women candidates also face gender bias that is unwarranted, unjust and often downright painful.
The sports world is littered with successful stars who have made the transition to business: from Venus and Serena Williams to Magic Johnson and George Foreman. They were canny enough to know that as elite sports careers can end when you’re still young, you need to have something lined up. But what all of them also have in common is that the skills they learned as athletes would benefit them hugely in the workplace.
Turns out few things work when women aren’t working. Forty eight years ago, women in Iceland took the day off. Those of us who were around then remember October 24, 1975 as the day the country shut down. Government offices, businesses, and service providers either closed or operated below capacity. Households were in disarray. Grocery stores sold out of hot dogs because, suddenly, dinner duty fell to fathers.
Strategies for getting more women back into a post-pandemic workforce.
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