We are starting to work in one of the bluest of the blue counties, Middlesex, to get the number of women in elected office to 30%, up from the current 19%, in three years. Our campaign is called Thirty in Three.
We are still in the process of working on what women voters and what county committee people and municipal/county chairs can do. Besides the good suggestions of running for office and committee seats as well as advocating for open primaries (from Dana Wefer’s OpEd), I would add, writing letters to the editor, pressuring the county committee to recruit, train and support women candidates.
In a meeting with our ‘acting’ county chair at the early stages of our campaign, he acknowledged that women and minorities are electing democrats in NJ. As Dana implied, the thinking has to change on getting better representation in the party itself. A quote I like is:
“Women have the right as citizens to equal representation. As expressed at the Beijing ‘Platform for Action’ of 1995, a second concept of equality, beyond ‘equal opportunity,’ is gaining increasing relevance and support: the notion of “equality of result”. The argument is that real equal opportunity does not exist just because formal barriers are removed.
Adapted from International IDEA [Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance]
In the Middlesex/Mercer/Monmouth area, we are also supporting 2 great women candidates for the US House this year, which I’m sure everyone reading these posts knows about: in the 4th, Carol Gay and in the 7th, Linda Stender. We were out canvassing today.
Please join us to get a woman into the House from NJ and to make Nancy Pelosi leader of the House!