Cause of the Month

In a few days, the Radical Idea will be turning 2.  In honor of this, we’re launching a new part of this blog called Cause of the Month.  Every month, I’ll be highlighting a different feminist organization, talking about what they do and how you can support their efforts.  There are a lot of different ways to “do” feminism, and structured organizations are a part of that.

JULY 2013 gets 2 causes of the month: EMILY’S List and the WISH List.

If you’re not familiar with EMILY’s List, they support the election of pro-choice Democratic women to office.  They provide grassroots campaign support to female candidates for the House, Senate, and Governor posts.  They assist with fundraising, and also provide training for candidates and their campaign staffs.  Their Women VOTE project reaches out to female voters and encourages them to get involved with the political process and to vote for female candidates.

Women are an increasingly important constituency in the United States.  Our issues are on the agendas of both political parties-~-but not necessarily in the same way.  There are significant debates surrounding issues related to women’s health.  Getting women to the polls increases the likelihood that politicians will pay attention to women’s issues, because as our voices grow louder, our leaders will have to start listening.  That’s the theory in any case.

EMILY’s List has helped elect women like Diane Feinstein, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Hillary Clinton, Kristen Gillibrand, Tammy Duckworth, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and so many others.

You can contribute to specific candidates endorsed by EMILY’s lists by going to their “support our candidates” page here.  You can contribute to EMILY’s List by clicking here.  You can also check out their campaign to get the first woman president elected here.

If you’re in college, you can also apply to intern at EMILY’s List.

If you’re NOT a Democrat, there’s a similar organization that assists pro-choice Republican women to office called the WISH List.  It stands for Women in the Senate and House.  The WISH List also provides candidate training and facilitates fundraising, and their college program mobilizes pro-choice Republican students to create a grassroots network to support these candidates.  The college program also assists with volunteer opportunities and Get-Out-the-Vote efforts.  Like EMILY’s List, the WISH List also has internship opportunities for college students.

The WISH List has helped to elect women like Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Kay Granger (Texas), Jodi Rell (Connecticut), and Ginny Brown-Waite (Florida).  You can support their efforts by clicking here.

EMILY’s List and the WISH List both support getting more women-~-specifically, pro-choice women-~-into politics.  They connect female candidates with the resources that they need to have successful campaigns.  And having successful female politicians helps to inspire more women to go into politics, helps them see that it is a viable career path.  The women that these organizations have helped to get elected have done important work on behalf of women across the United States, have become role models for young women, and adds to the diversity of our legislative bodies.  They do incredible work, and they deserve some recognition and support.

As always, you can check out a greater list of opportunities for involvement with feminist organizations on our Living Louder page.


~ by Randi Saunders on July 4, 2013.

One Response to “Cause of the Month”

  1. Posts like this brgteihn up my day. Thanks for taking the time.

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