Twin Cities, Twin Events

Dear Readers:

I’m off to another M state. This time, it’s Minnesota.

Likely, the temps will be a lot cooler than Mississippi’s, but the people just as warm. In fact, I know this is the case, since I will be visiting with Carleton College friends-of-decades and their great women-leader pals.

Thanks to Beverly Jones Heydinger, chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (and great friend since freshman year Carleton College!), for providing the impetus for this evening’s gathering at womenwinning.org, to include the terrific Erin Murphy, Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. If you’re around and free, do join us. Here are the detes:

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To register for the Women Winning event and to learn more about their  work, click here.

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Saturday, I’m off to speak at the TEDx conference organized and hosted by alma mater, Carleton College. Hats’-off to Emily Balczewski, who produced it. To watch my TEDx talk live on Saturday morning, click here.

Best wishes for a wonderful day (sure is perfect today in Chicago for YWCA LeaderLuncheon, just as it should be for such a great organization.)

Rebecca

Six Easy Rules You Never Want to Forget

speakingDear Readers:

During my book signing in New York last week, a great group gathered and thoughtfully discussed many aspects of women’s political experience in New York over the years.

Among recent chapters discussed was Christine Quinn’s difficult loss the week before in New York’s Democratic mayoral primary. I shared my piece about her difficulties, “Six Easy Rules Christine Quinn Forgot,” featured in Huffington Post New York.

Over the weekend, I thought some more about those “six easy rules” I lay-out in chapter one of Every Day Is Election Day, especially about rule number five: “success in politics is not a one-off.” With my mother and sister, celebrating my father’s, David Sive’s, 91st birthday, I remembered his defeat when, at age 36, he ran for Congress. Then, I remembered what happened next:  he became “the father of environmental law.” Not bad, I’d say.

Remember this, please, as you fight to win today but, maybe, lose.
Rebecca

Illinois Democratic Women Keynote June 15, 2013

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Dear Colleagues and Readers:

Illinois Democratic Women will gather Saturday June 15th for a business meeting, some terrific training sessions, and for meetings with Illinois’ amazing women Members of Congress. I think there is still time to register, if you are so inclined.

I was delighted to learn I will be introduced to give my convention keynote by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  Thank you Lisa and IDW.  I’m honored to be joining you.

Happy Flag Day to all.

Rebecca

 

Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Force a Lifesaving Choice for Republican Women Voters

Dear Readers:

Todd Akin, Paul (“I’m as pro-life as a person gets”) Ryan: #GirlPolitico Jodi Jacobson described them this way: “It is always the case that when you finally think right-wing fundamentalist anti-women politicians can not get any crazier… they do something to prove you wrong.”

But, they aren’t just crazy; they are the enemies of all women — Republican as well as Democratic.

Meeting in Tampa, Fla., ahead of next week’s National Republican Convention, the (Republican) party’s platform committee on Tuesday adopted a policy statement calling for a ban on abortion without an exception for rape.” Yet, “Only 6 percent of the Republican women in the (Missouri senate race) poll said they planned to vote for McCaskill.”
 
As I wrote in this piece published in RH Reality Check, the question in these times is whether Republican women — in Missouri and elsewhere — will come to their senses and take into account what the 2012 presidential and congressional election is all about: “Will the Republican women voters of 2012 recognize this presidential election for what it really is for every American woman voter: a referendum on the very notion of what a woman can be in this day and age?

I hope you’ll read RH Reality Check and share your thoughts with me.

Best wishes.

Rebecca