Sandra Fluke, Chelsea Clinton, Christine Quinn on women in politics
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sandra Fluke, Chelsea Clinton, and Speaker of the New York City were among the guests who discussed the role of women in politics at the in New York City yesterday evening. The forum was co-hosted by magazine.
Clinton led the panel; Fluke and Quinn were joined by additional panelists including the communications chief to former President United States Ambassador to ; the President of , Stephanie Schriock; and news anchor ., ; Abby Huntsman Livingston, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate and past governor of and
|I want women to see this as an empowering moment.|
Fluke remarked upon the slew of media reactions to her February 23 U.S. Congressional testimony aboutand , "One of the things I was really concerned about when ... verbal attacks began was what kind of message this was going to send to young women... I was worried they would think, 'I should sit down and shut up, because if I speak out, this is what happens' ... I want women to see this as an empowering moment."
Wallace commented that women should be inspired to work in government due to a motivation of, "If you were asked, 'Will you serve?' you'd say, 'Of course!'... Part of the problem is that our politics are so sick — there's very little young women see in our news about the essence of what the office once was, which is, public service." She noted the potential impact of women voters on the upcoming , "Women don't vote in a bloc, but they are the largest percentage of independent voters".
|Until my mother ran for president, I wasn’t fully cognizant of how few women run for office and how few women hold office|
Clinton pointed out that the United States is joined by the country offor 78th place in a ranking of the proportion of female members of the federal government. She noted, "Until my mother ran for president, I wasn’t fully cognizant of how few women run for office and how few women hold office".
Quinn informed the panel that when she initially decided to attempt to become Speaker of the New York City Council, critics told her why she would fail, "Because I was from the west side of Manhattan, cause I was too liberal, because I was a woman, because I was a lesbian, all things I knew when I woke up that morning, you know what I’m saying." She asserted that politics in New York need not be tied to a particular politician's sex, and stated, "the sky is the limit in New York."
Schriock emphasized there are indeed women placed in federal elections in the U.S., "They're running for office right now in 2012. We have a historic number of women running for the United States Senate". She posed the question of how to ensure these candidates succeed in their elections.
Wallace admitted that she authored novels It's Classified and Eighteen Acres as a cathartic form of expressing herself after viewing the pressures Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Obama experienced in the media during the . "I was so scarred by 2008 I made up an imaginary world".
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