I was moved by the number of passionate responses I received to my recent blog post, Can Women Have It All? I heard from women who actually have a "choice" in whether they forgo a career/job in favor of raising a family as well as from women who have no choice but to work one or two jobs and raise a family.
The common denominators for both groups are the lack of affordable childcare, the lack of jobs with flex time, and the lower salaries that women make. It appears that in order for change to happen, more women need to be involved in legislative decision-making in this country.
Today, there are just 17 women serving in the U.S. Senate and 75 in the House, a slight drop from earlier years. For the conversations being held on the floor of the Senate and in the House of Representatives to change, more women need to be involved. Senator Gillibrand of New York, a fierce advocate for women, says that she wants more women in the House and Senate because, "if we had 50 percent women in Congress, we would not be debating contraception. We would be debating the economy, small business, jobs, national security — everything but."
The White House Project, is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998, whose mission, "aims to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency." The organization works to increase female representation in American institutions, businesses and government. By filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women, they seek to make American institutions, businesses and government truly representative. To advance this mission, The White House Project strives to support women and the issues that allow women to lead in their own lives and in the world.
When women leaders bring their voices, vision and leadership to the table alongside men, the debate is more robust and the policy is more inclusive and sustainable. By supporting women and the values that allow women to succeed—the full range of health options, security platforms that utilize all our resources, economic stability for all—we work to create an equitable culture.
My sincere hope is that women from all walks of life will be driven to become leaders in their communities, their states and in their country.