Category Archives: Policy

The faces of 14 women you should know.

Taylor, Alen “International Women’s Day 2013” In Focus, The Atlantic.

“The fourteen current elected or appointed female heads of government. From top left, in order by length of time in office:
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. President of Argentina, Hasina Wazed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Johanna Sigurdardottir, Prime Minister of Iceland, Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Joyce Banda, President of Malawi, and Park Geun-hye, the newly elected President of South Korea.
(Reuters/Sebastien Pirlet, Thierry Gouegnon, Marcos Brindicci, Sukree Sukplang, Ints Kalnins, Petar Kujundzic, Andrea De Silva, Andrew Taylor, Claudio Reyes, Bazuki Muhammad, Ints Kalnins, Lucas Jackson, Unati Ngamntwini, Ahn Young-joon)”

Collect them All!

I can’t think of a better binder to put women in than the U.S. Senate. :)

“These are your women in the Senate in January 2013:
Republicans: Deb Fischer, Nebraska; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Susan Collins, Maine; Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire. Democrats: Diane Feinstein, CA; Barbara Boxer, CA; Mary Landrieu, Louisiana; Barbara Mikulski, Maryland; Debbie Stabenow, Michigan; Amy Klobucher, Minnesota ; Claire McCaskil, Missouri, Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire; Kirsten Gillibrand, New York; Patty Murry, Washington state; Maria Cantwell, Washington state; Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts; Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin; Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota; Mazie Hirono, Hawaii.”

I’m No Lady, All Voices

Oh, wait. Was there something I was supposed to do today?

So, I do hope that you all get to the voter polls today. I realize that many of you may be tired of the whole electoral process. I know many of my facebook friends must be tired of my PSA announcements, but I’ve tried to keep it to the important ones.

Since I live in New York, as you might imagine, this week has been FULL of watching and listening to more “news” than normal. Today all the political and weather related headlines blended together into the perfect storm of reporters, authorities, and elected officials troubleshooting transportation needs for citizen voters who sustained the brunt of Hurricane Sandy. Although I am worn out – I realize that keeping apprised of how those folks are doing in Staten Island, and who will be on my ballot in district 12, no wait 7, no 53, no 50… matters!

(Full disclosure regarding the above photo: They didn’t have stickers at my voting site, so I printed my own. Even though I just sat at my desk and didn’t interact with anyone for the rest of the day.)

A couple months ago I started listening to some less mainstream media voices, and paying attention to so-called third party candidate platforms. Let’s just say that I don’t think this is the year where the binary system will be broken, but I have hope for more of a just system in elections to come. I just have to start my campagne for 2016 now! (j/k)


I’ll spare you any fiery ranting. I just wanted to say that it’s been an intense election season, but don’t let it instil apathy for the process. Soon we will have an answer, but even that is fleeting, AND only PART of the story. If you have the energy to keep up with politics post-decision, (that pot-banging, four-more-beers moment) take some time to learn about the other people who showed up on your ballot, remember? There weren’t just 2 names on that ballot, were there? Which reminds me of one of my aforementioned PSAs:

bk: “POTUS aside, PLEASE be ready for your district’s vote for congress + senate!”
sb: “(& state senate & assembly & judges! get a summary of who is on your ballot down to the local level at”

Here is an interesting little time-travel moment for you. Just sit back, relax, and gain some distancing perspective…

And, for fun, here is what Twitter-sourcing predicts:

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