NO LESS THAN SIX — Take Action to Make “Super Committee” 50% Women

by Gloria Feldt on August 9th, 2011
in Activism, Economy, Election Watch, Leadership, No Excuses, Political Strategy, Politics, The Economy, Women & Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

sixIt is coming down to the wire and you voice needs to be heard! Republican Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are making their choices to select a 12-person bipartisan “Super Committee” to decide upon critical issues that came to the forefront when the debt-ceiling measure was passed.

The Women’s Media Center has a place where you can sign a letter to each of these lawmakers raising your voice that it is critical they appoint an equal number of women and men to this powerful body. Click HERE to send your letters now.

It is imperative that women are at the table and that women’s voices are heard in equal numbers to men’s voices. The “Super Committee” will be tasked with making critical judgments that will likely affect social programs that women disproportionately depend on – like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The positions, priorities, and perspectives of women need to be heard.”  The Women’s Media Center

Another ACTION opportunity is with the Women’s Campaign Forum and sign their petition for “no fewer than 6 women” chosen for this powerful role in America’s future. Click HERE to sign the petition.

Has what happened in Washington these last few weeks has made you angry to take action?? “No Excuses” Power Tool #7: Create a Movement shows us the time is now to act so the changes made in Washington are made with equal voices! DEMAND NO LESS THAN SIX!!

But do it right this minute–rumor has it that announcements could be made today.

Gloria Feldt is the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Buy the book here. Engage Gloria for a Speech or Workshop. Tweet @GloriaFeldt and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ Gloria is the co-founder (with Amy Litzenberger) of Take the Lead, a new initiative to prepare and propel women to leadership parity by 2025. Find them @takeleadwomen and on Facebook.

5 Responses to NO LESS THAN SIX — Take Action to Make “Super Committee” 50% Women

  1. Denise Equality Schultz done! Did you see Reid’s picks? One woman (Patty Murray). Hopeful….

    Christy Williams Dunton done.
    17 hours ago · Like · 1 personReply
    Ron Dunn Dunn, sharing :)

    Gloria Johnson I wish that Reid would have appointed Barbara Boxer along with Kerry and Murray. That would have rocked the Repubs .

    Gloria Johnson It is sooo much fun to rock Repubs !

  2. Ariel Dougherty I signed for the 6…but have this further analysis…72% of “Super Committee” should be progressives, women & people of color! reflective of the US population–rounded off that’s nine of the 12.

    Sophia Yen Let’s make sure as many as possible are prochoice? Wear a Silver Ribbon to TRUST WOMEN with repro rights and like us on FB?
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    Laurens R. Hunt I can think of three Democratic Congressional women who fit this profile very well. They are Jan Schakowsky-IL, Carolyn Maloney, and Donna Edwards-MD. I think Tammy Baldwin-WI should also be considered. This would be some of the best representation we can get. I just learned of the 3 democratic picks in the US Senate, Max Baucus-MT, John Kerry-MA, and Patti Murray-WA. Does anyone yet know who the 3 senate republicans are?

    Gloria Feldt Appointing Murray as co-chair of the committee is almost equal to the two men appointed by Reid. A mom in tennis shoes is what the country needs right now. A 100 percent prochoice mom, Sophia.

  3. Aletha says:

    The Republicans picked all men. That means that there can be at most four women on the committee, if Pelosi picks all women, which I think is most unlikely. Congress is about one-sixth women, so if Pelosi picks one woman, the committee will be representative of Congress.

  4. Aletha says:

    Well, Nancy Pelosi did not pick any women, but at least she picked two men of color! Once again Democrats slap women in the face. Why do they get away with this? Why is a political reality that does not take women seriously accepted by women? We can do better!

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