NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand talks to The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown about a range of political issues, including the urgent need to include more women’s voices in the national conversation:
Gillibrand is spearheading a project called Off The Sidelines in order to inspire more women to get involved in the community-wide and nationwide decisions that impact their lives:
Getting off the sidelines is a state of mind. More women need to embrace the fact that their voice matters and that they can make a difference, with their vote, with their advocacy, with their candidacy.
More women must get off the sidelines and make a difference in their community. Whether it’s in the classroom, the boardroom, Congress or at home, it’s crucial that more women adopt this philosophy to affect change in ways both big and small. Because if they don’t, decisions will be made without them that they won’t like the outcome of.
Women have the power to shape the future, it’s just a matter of getting off the sidelines and getting involved.
I’m absolutely appalled that, in 2012, my daughter is growing up in a country where a major political party is waging a war against women’s health and women’s choice; where a congressional hearing on contraception fails to include any women’s voices; where (as the video points out) women are still earning less than men and still disproportionately occupying fewer positions of power. Clearly there’s more work to do, and I’m very glad that Senator Gillibrand is rallying people to this cause.
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