Thanks to Beyonce´, I was inspired to write this piece for Chicagoans thinking about our upcoming and historic Inauguration Day.
Yes, historic for the inauguration of Rahm Emanuel, notable in so many respects, but in particular in my view, for his grounding in community organizing and hardcore political dealmaking. (I think that’s good, in case you’re wondering.)
But, the day is equally notable for the history two women will make: Stephanie Neely, re-elected City Treasurer, and Susana Mendoza, newly-elected City Clerk.
In the context of Beyonce’s latest hit, “Run The World (Girls),” here’s an excerpt from my piece about the significance of Neely’s and Mendoza’s election:
“…(T)wo of three municipal officers to be sworn in are women. And not just any women, but an African-American and an Hispanic. And neither, by any measure, a stand-in or a yes-woman for anybody.”
There’s more here. I think you’ll find the piece inspirational, as well as, per usual, provocative.