Well, it's a wrap. The balloons have dropped, the benediction read, the speeches are finished. What an inspiring convention!! Why? Because for me and others who want gender parity in this country, we got to see some amazingly accomplished women, we got to hear them speak, and they were all together on one stage at one time. What a rare occurrence!!
For a party that is often singled out as being anti woman, it was refreshing to see that Republican women have quietly aimed for the top and have often succeeded. We were reminded that although the numbers of women in power are woefully small, some of them are Republican and they are no slouches. Any one of them could become president some day. And all of them set the bar for the next wave of female leaders.
I'm going to post below a few of the speeches in case you missed them. And I hope that by highlighting Republican women this week, I will not be receiving the hate mail I received when I put up the speech by Mia Love. I also hope that other women will not be so stupid as to turn a blind eye, cold shoulder and turn their backs on me, this blog, but most of all these fabulous women just because they are not of your party. We women need all hands on deck to go from where we are to where we need to be. In a political season of empty promises and fact checking, we mustn't forget that our gender controls little in the U.S. Our talk to our daughters that they can be anything they want to be is empty chatter at this point. We have done a poor job finding our way to the top. Yes that is tough talk, but it is the reality. We'll just have to try a little harder to break through.
Women of all generations and political persuasions ought to join hands and realize that there is more that unites us than that which divides us. We need to stop being "dog whistled" and stop letting ourselves be lead around by messages designed to divide us. What is more important than taking our rightful place at the table representing 51% of the population? What is more crucial to our future as a nation than having our voices heard not because we have to scream our desires and be the dreaded "shrill" but because our voices carry the same critical mass as that other gender?
When female and male voices hold equal weight and equal mass, why there is nothing we couldn't conquer. And if I sound ridiculous saying such a thing, well a person can dream can't they? We don't know what that day will look like because we've never even gotten close. We must remember and we should summon up the outrage to be ashamed and scandalized by the fact that the greatest nation on the face of the earth has only 16.8% of its legislature female. Maybe Congress would be held in greater esteem by the nation if women held 50% of the seats. Imagine that!! Imagine if 50% of our governors were women. Imagine a woman president one day being the face of our nation. Just imagine all of that and more.
Hear the words from these women below. This is what women become when they lead----focused, smart, inspirational. Imagine that as an every day event. It will never happen if women continue to be at each other's throats. Let's aspire to the words that John Lennon spoke in the song "Imagine" and imagine we women uniting and determining our own fate. We can do it!!!!
Oh and by the way, I'll be listening to the women at the Democratic Convention next week. Can 't wait!!!!
UPDATE 12:53 p.m.:
I am reminded by Nat below that Jane Edmonds, a member of the Mitt Romney cabinet when he was governor of Massasschusetts, cited some interesting statistics in her speech last night about how all of Romney's senior management team was gender neutral. Hear it for yourself: