NEWHALL, Calif. — Diane Trautman remembers a time when “hardened attitudes” existed toward female candidates in Southern California, including the notion “that women don’t have the brain power or the stamina … to really be effective leaders.”
Fast forward to the present.
“We still kind of see that treatment from people locally, but that’s changing as well,” said Trautman, a Democrat who challenged Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon in the 25th District in 1996. Facing an incumbent with a campaign war chest 15 times the size of her own, she lost by 29 points... Read more here.
The Democratic Women of Monterey County believe every woman and girl has the right to make decisions about her body, her health and her future. True equality cannot be achieved without access to safe, legal, abortion.
Yet the Democratic National Committee has dropped its decades-old policy of endorsing only pro-choice candidates. Electeds who would allow the criminalization of abortion in the United States would put women’s lives and health at risk...
When the T.V. adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s seminal 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale began streaming on Hulu last month, many were quick to draw parallels between the Donald Trump administration and the fictional theocracy that controls the United States in the book and show.
To Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher, the team behind the new documentary Birthright: A War Story, which tracks the rapid swell of abortion restrictions in the U.S., those comparisons are entirely justified. Their documentary explores the myriad ways that the pro-life movement has worked to roll back access to abortion for women in the U.S. and to put the rights of the fetus, rather than the pregnant woman, first.
Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018:
"At its core, this budget is a cruel betrayal of the middle class and threatens our ability to ensure basic public safety, public health, and public education. This budget makes clear the values of this Administration: it prioritizes those at the top, while leaving working families and the middle class high and dry.
Over the last few months, we've seen something remarkable: From the Women's March to airports across the country where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking out like never before.
I believe more fiercely than ever that citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy.
Today, many Democrats face a difficult quandary in our red and purple districts: back an anti-choice Democrat, alienate women and ditch our core values, or leave the field to the Republicans. It's time we create another option. It's time we build the bench.
We, as a Party, are solely responsible for this quagmire. It's time for us to stop pointing fingers at each other, and instead look in the mirror and ask, "What have we personally done to help build the bench of pro-choice candidates in local office?" If the answer is "don't know, can't remember, or nothing"; well, let's stop talking about it - let's be about it.
Who pays Donald Trump? Who is getting rich off his presidency? Whose interests is he really working for? And what's he hiding? Those are some of the questions Senator Warren lays out and that we all deserve answers to.