How This Administration Empowered Me
Since Donald Trump declared his candidacy for President in June 2016 people began asking Liz and I (Cicily) if we thought he was a viable presidential candidate. With 20 other Republican candidates, who actually had political experience, it was hard to take 45’s candidacy seriously. Then he started to win primaries. I thought he was a sideshow, a gimmick. People wouldn’t really vote for someone with no political experience, right?
Watching the election results come in was shocking, to say the least. I just couldn’t watch anymore. Waking up the next day, I, like a lot of other Americans had to process my grief. Except unlike a lot of other Americans, I was a senior executive working on Capitol Hill. I wouldn’t have the chance to sink into the feelings of uncertainty that threatened to engulf me. My Board of Trustees wanted to know what had happened, what this meant for my company, and what I was going to do about it. The call was scheduled for 3 pm Wednesday, November 9th.
Of course, this was the same day that ideas about a women’s march on Washington began to form.
These viral messages reached Liz, with her extensive social media following, and she began to formulate a plan to galvanize her network to attend the march. I, of course, was skeptical. Though once the platform was released and was sufficiently intersectional, I figured if Liz, a working mom of two, who was marching on behalf of gender equality for her daughters’ future and the rights of her LGBTQ friends, would be out there, then I would be too. On January 21st, 2017, I joined Liz, some other sorority sisters and members of Amnesty International to speak out on some of the potential policies, statements, and treatments of certain populations that we saw as detrimental to the future of the country. I’m glad I went. The event was a magical force of empowering positivity, to say the least, a feeling that I wouldn’t let go. I didn’t want the Women’s March to be a one-off. I figured if 500,000 women could get out into the streets, they surely could have an impact on actual policy if even a fraction of attendees directed that passion toward our legislative bodies.
The question was - how could I keep people updated on what was happening in Congress, provide policy analysis so that people understood how certain policies would affect them, and tell them the most effective ways to have their voice heard?
Liz and I both have a background in public health policy and have a keen understanding of the political landscape. We aim to keep our friends informed about politics on social media and, since the election, a growing number of friends have contacted us to translate pressing political issues. One of these friends suggested that I start a blog to translate the policy discussions coming from the Trump administration but the truth is I just didn’t have that kind of time. Liz, on the other hand, is a communication professional by trade and is super funny. I reached out to her to sell her the idea of us doing a podcast together. I figured between my years on Capitol Hill, Liz’s personality and our combined public policy acumen we could really make a difference and help people sustain the momentum of the Women’s March and that’s how the reSISTERS podcast was born.
The podcast can easily be described as informative, funny, and actionable with an intent to simplify tough topics for laymen and women, as well as to provide actionable next steps our listeners can take to address these issues on a local and federal level. We don’t sit around and bash 45 and his administration, but we don’t pull any punches when the administration enacts harmful policies. At the end of the day, we just want the best for our country. The Podcast is only the beginning - join us in the reSISTERhood!
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