But over the past few days, a consensus formed among those close to Mrs. Clinton that it is time to accelerate her schedule: She faces pressure to resurrect the Democratic Party, and she is already being scrutinized as the party’s presumptive nominee, so advisers see little reason to delay. – Amy Chozick [New York Times]
THE HILLARY EFFECT has been rolling since 2008, but 2014 is the year it manifested more fully, though Lisa DePaulo for Bloomberg Politics is calling the midterms the election that was feminized. It’s as if no one can bring themselves to face what Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 candidacy meant; that immediately afterwards the Washington Post wrote an article about world nations sending more women ambassadors to Washington, citing the “Hillary effect.”
The establishment press is very reluctant, no that’s not the word, they’re determined stubbornness against giving Hillary her due is predicated on the notion that facts matter less than their tortured determination to be “fair and balanced,” because we are talking about Hillary. Someone Chuck Todd basically admitted bores the mainstream media to even cover at this point. There’s nothing new about her, right?
It is no accident that the Hillary effect crested in 2014, with the most women ever in Congress now a reality, even if we still only represent just below 25% of lawmakers in a country where women make up the majority electorate.
One thing I cover in my latest book is the way women work together in Congress, opposed to how men do. Jay Newton-Small wrote about women being “the only adults left” during the government shutdown, with DePaulo picking up the same thread.
8. They play nice with others.
A great many women—on both sides—believe that the more women elected into office, the more simpatico the process will be. Women are hardly there yet, number-wise, in testing that theory. But there is plenty of evidence so far. Women in the Senate and Congress already do things that men just don’t do—or don’t do in the same way. A few years back, Amy Klobuchar described to me the women’s powwow she attends every month at a Washington restaurant: women from both sides of the aisle, partisanship be damned.
Two things that need to change regarding women candidates.
Unlike men, women need to be asked, I’d say prodded, to run for office. We need to get our ego involved and appreciate that women are going to make the difference in our country’s future, because women candidates have a wider breadth of knowledge about the lives of families, because even when we have full-time careers we still are the CFO of the home, too.
Women and the men who believe in them have to give more generously to women!
7. And speaking of money, pony up!
Despite the fact that women buy 51 percent of everything—cars, technology, etcetera—“we don’t buy 51 percent of its politics,” says Lake. “Women donors write fewer and smaller checks. Because women see political giving as a splurge rather than an investment. We account for only about 25 percent of the contributions.” Says Conway, from her own polling: “About 6 or 7 percent of women have ever given to a political campaign. They just don’t think it’s a good investment.” For women to prevail in the future, that has got to change.
These numbers should hit anyone who supported Hillary in 2008 very hard, because as we all remember well, she came up so short on money that in the beginning of the primaries she had to loan herself $5 million. If you want Hillary to have a chance in 2016 this can’t happen again.
There is nothing more important than electing competent, smart and passionate women candidates.
Nobody will fight harder for women’s economic future than someone who knows the road, has been there and struggled to get equal pay, as well as fought for health care. This includes demanding medical studies that consider women’s bodies equally to men, especially on heart disease, which kills 1 in 3 women every year.
Women make up 51 percent of the country’s population, yet they make up only 24 percent of the participants in heart-related studies. That is unacceptable. Take the pledge to show your commitment to getting more heart health research for women. The more we know, the more equipped we can be to fight women’s heart disease. [Fight the Ladykiller]
Because men run the medical, political and media establishment, it just never occurred to them that a woman’s body, her very heart, was impacted in a way differently than a man.
A woman knows.