One of the pillars of feminism is having your voice heard. But you don’t always need to be marching, shouting, picketing or protesting in order to be acknowledged. Indeed, one of the best ways to be heard is by getting involved in politics.
I discovered the importance to exposing my young teen girls to politics over the weekend when we attended an event hosted by the Oregon Women’s Campaign School. It was basic, inviting and most of all inspiring. Check it out:
Introducing them to politics this young hadn’t crossed my mind as being important in my quest to raise strong girls. I hadn’t even considered it as an option, until this event.
Why? Well, to be honest, politics are intimidating. It’s easy, regardless of your gender, to shy away from getting involved because we often think there is someone else more suitable for the job. We don’t feel like we have enough information or worse, we don’t know how to even get started, who to talk to, what to do, where to go–so that we can get involved. We think we missed the memo and so it’s best to hand it off to “the experts”. I only say this because I, too have been treating politics like a spectator sport. Instead of just getting the information, I wrote it off as being too time consuming to wrap my head around. So I’m calling myself out on it and being more intentional about communicating to my kids that these political “experts” don’t have guidance without your involvement. And that you have what it takes to jump in the ring with them and affect change.
This event was the perfect introduction to unlocking a world of possibility: Getting involved is empowerment. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know much about political issues or who’s who in your local, state, national offices. There is always time to learn, to figure out where you stand and begin to formulate your own opinions and ideas, to find out who’s in power that shares those same values and then get out there together and make some noise.
Because if you want to see change, you gotta roll up your sleeves, learn how to do this and take responsibility for building a strong community.
Who better than a bunch of lively little girls to take the lead on that?
We Can Do It,