Meet the *Other* Woman Running for President
Hillary Clinton is just about guaranteed to become the first woman presidential candidate for either major party, as the gulf in delegates between her and Bernie Sanders keeps widening. When she is formally chosen at the party’s convention in July, she’ll be one step closer to becoming the first female American president. (The first real one, anyway; there have been a few great ones in fiction already.) It’s a historic, monumental event!
But in all the celebration, the fact that Hillary’s not the first woman nominee ever is sometimes overlooked. And while supporters can be forgiven for not continually listing the names of every woman who’s run for president or a party nomination, it’s important to acknowledge their presence in history. In fact, there’s even likely to be another woman running for president this November: Jill Stein, who was the Green Party’s candidate in 2012 and is nearly certain to be the nominee again this time around.
Let’s take a moment to be realistic. Even in an election year with many twists and turns, it’s essentially impossible that Jill Stein will become the 45th President of the United States. And the fact that she’s running for a third party means she’ll probably be shut out of the televised debates, which means the millions of Americans who know little or nothing about the Green Party won’t have that easy access to her message.
But, as the past year has shown us, running an unlikely campaign isn’t always for naught. She faces a tougher slog than even Bernie Sanders did, since he chose to run within the Democratic Party apparatus, but if she’s able to get enough eyes on her policies and candidacy, Jill could have a similar impact to Bernie’s and push the conversation around some of her issues in a more progressive direction. And in fact, her platform is to the left of Bernie Sanders on some issues, though they agree on many things. So let’s take a look at a few of the policies she’s promoting.
1. A Green New Deal: “Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture and conservation.”
2. Health Care As a Right: “Establish an improved ‘Medicare For All’ single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.”
3. Education As a Right: “Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.”
4. A Just Economy: “Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.”
5. Protect Mother Earth: “Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.”
6. Freedom and Equality: “End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Expand women’s rights, protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, replace drug prohibition with harm reduction, and legalize marijuana/hemp.”
What do you think of Jill Stein’s plan? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photos via Drew Angerer + Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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