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Dress Up as Hillary for Halloween

Need ideas for Halloween?

HALLOWEEN TREATS: May I propose we all encourage girls and young women to dress as the first female president for Halloween and announce in Women's Outreach and Executive Women For Hillary calls and communications? Take photos to save for future female officials, leaders and presidents' campaigns. Send photos (with permission, first name, age, locale) to ? and share in outreach communications.

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to dressing up children and babies for Halloween. Above, 5-year-old Ashlyn Baugher, dressed in her Halloween costume as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, poses for photographs at a campaign “Meet and Greet” in Nashua, New Hampshire Oct. 16, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Hillary Clinton, the first woman president serves as an inspiration to us all, but to girls in particular. Let’s encourage girls and young women to dress as the first female president for Halloween.

Dress up in a pant suit – red, white or blue. Take photos and send to us here with name, age, location to publish on our site and social channels.

Read all about it here: https://medium.com/@wettenstein/halloween-costume-proposal-to-girls-a671c647fa35#.z6qfaukla

Make sure you get permission.

Will Hillary Clinton Always be the Prom Queen? By Susan Shapiro Barash

What a moment it is for women in America. For the first time in our history, we have the chance to elect a female president. Having a woman president would be a catalyst for meaningful cultural changes. Still, it seems there are women who are not enthused with this possibility. What is most baffling is the attitude of those who endorse Hillary Clinton. Some are voting for her as an anti-Trump vote. Others because she is the more qualified, competent candidate—yet this is stated with lukewarm approval.

Women have long punished powerful females for their aspirations. Female rivalry—the dark side of female bonding—is thriving, seemingly ratcheted up by Hillary’s run for the presidency.  Competition for the ‘glittering prizes’— success, children, beauty, marriage, money—causes barbarous behavior over what we covet and value. Since the fifties, when women were primarily wives and mothers, we have garnered great agency. With this rise in power, female rivalry has escalated. The more options for women, the more avenues to compete.

We were raised to be ‘good girls’ who wouldn’t reveal their upset at another woman’s fortune. If we combine this with the feminist supposition that women band together, it’s little wonder that our feelings are covert. Women of all ages are aware that any of our triumphs are the result of tenacity and determination, necessary tools to get ahead in our cutthroat society. Thus, when an accomplished woman rises to the top, although we know that we need such women in business, politics and the entertainment industry, it churns up our dirty little secret. Women are often jealous of other women—we do not always champion one another.

At the top of the assemblage of achieving women stands Hillary Clinton. We know her abilities, her perseverance, her stance on women’s and children’s rights. The prejudice she has faced because she is female is a cruel reminder of how women are regarded. She has endured hypercritical, scrutinizing and judgmental forces of patriarchy. We understand the measures of extreme chauvinism and recognize how men, in a realm of male supremacy, will react to an eminently knowledgeable woman. These men are guarding their turf, searching for methods to make Hillary Clinton into less so they can seem more.

While there is little surprise in how men have looked upon Hillary, what is deeply disturbing is the manner in which some women have reacted to her. The problem is twofold. Bias against Hillary Clinton doesn’t come only from men, but is generated by women too. Although no political candidate is perfect, unfair, unfounded statements have circulated, an inexplicable tainting of her ambition has been heard repeatedly. In a world that remains filled with relentless sexism, women not supporting women is a dire issue.

According to the National Review piece on Hillary that ran in early August, ‘negatives among women voters are broad and deep’. While Politico cites Hillary Clinton as ‘an unquestioned pioneer’, the point is made that gender alone is not enough. The good news reported by abcnews.go.com, is that since mid-July Hillary’s poll numbers have improved among college-educated white women. The Wall Street Journal poll in late July reports that 52 percent of female voters, registered from both parties, are Clinton supporters. Yet, amidst this promise there remains a lack of robust endorsement.

If women compete only with other women, then who can compare to Hillary Clinton? She stands in a class by herself, thus she is envied. There are women who would feel validated if Hillary crashes—and have a keen curiosity for what isn’t galvanizing about women at the top.  The idea that a mighty woman could collapse is fascinating to them. Although reminiscent of women shooting themselves in the foot, it happens daily. And any second-hand victory eliminates our own chances and influence—for our daughters and granddaughters, too. The reaction agitates a belief women have held onto for decades—that there is not enough pie. A limited goods theory —handed down by mothers and grandmothers, stemming from societal mores and innate survival reflexes—plays out in the twenty-first century. The thought being if another woman wins, be it a scholarship, a plum position at work, a man, a pregnancy, a divorce, a political office—there’s nothing left for the next woman. This point of view will get us nowhere, instead perpetuating a negative perception of the powerful women who represent opportunity for the rest of us. We know the obstacles that Hillary Clinton has faced during her arduous journey and impressive ascendency. Thus the thought that women may not back her simply because she is a woman is more consequential. It reminds us of how forceful gender identity is, although, ironically, Hillary is equipped not because she is a woman but because of how adept she is.  The essence being that it isn’t about Hillary but about how we each feel about ourselves. The nagging, irrational question applies, if she has all this, what is left for me? If I’m stuck here, why should she skyrocket, she might as well fail.

Who can help but cringe when reminded that the woman’s right to vote occurred less than one hundred years ago? Or that equal pay for equal work is not yet a reality in our country? Who could dispute that we are overdue for a female leader? The time has come to appreciate Hillary Clinton as the pinnacle of competition—a commanding woman of the highest order. Hillary isn’t the prom queen, filing the coveted chair—our unrequited fantasy. The hour to stop perceiving her as a rival has arrived. By aligning with Hillary we amplify the female condition, gain our most important ally and dispel unhealthy competition among women. We have the prospect to change the pattern and break the barriers.

About the Author: Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of nonfiction women’s issue books having authored 13 books, including Tripping the Prom Queen. She teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College and is a well-recognized gender expert. Barash is frequently sought out by newspapers, television shows and radio programs to comment on women’s issues and blogs for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Her first novel, Between the Tides, was published under the pen name Susannah Marren in July 2015.

This Week in Women’s History

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Permission to use.  Credit Source: Beverly Wettenstein’s “Women Make History Every Day Database” at www.beverlywettenstein.com

THIS WEEK IN WOMEN’S HISTORY:   SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 2
September 26

1859 Adelaide Johnson born.  Sculptor created “The Women Movement Portrait Monument” in 1921. Relocated to the Capitol Rotunda in 1997 from basement storage room

1946 Christie Todd Whitman born.  First female and 50th governor of New Jersey (1994-2001)

1960 First televised presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy

1971 Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) announced she would run in the Democratic presidential primaries

2016 Hillary Clinton debated Donald Trump

September 27

1962 Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” published.

September 28

1913  Tennis champion Alice Marble born.  See my article at www.huffingtonpost.com/beverly-wettenstein/ “Let Us Remember Alice Marble, the Catalyst for Althea Gibson to Break the Color Barrier.”

1933 Madeleine M. Kunin born.  First female and 77th governor of Vermont (1985-1991).

September 29

1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act passed by Congress.

1988 Stacy Allison became the first American female to summit Mt. Everest, after 29 days.

September 30

1868 Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” published.

1875 Suffragist Anne Martin was the first female to run for U.S. Senate in 1918, from Nevada.

1960 Blanche M. Lambert Lincoln born.  Senator from Arkansas (1999-2011), following birth of twins, became the second female elected to Senate from Ark.  Hattie Caraway was the first female elected to the U.S. Senate, in 1932.

October 1

1985 Montana was the first state to pass law that mandated women could not be charged more then men for life and health insurance.

October 2

1949 Photographer Annie Leibovitz born.

“Celebrate Women Every Day & Make History!”

By Beverly Wettenstein: Women’s Advocate, Speaker, Journalist, Author, Historian, Media Monitor

www.beverlywettenstein.com www.huffingtonpost.com/beverly-wettenstein https://medium.com@wettenstein

Field guide to defending Hillary Clinton against every fake scandal

Thom Palmer, in Daily News Bin, provides a guide on how to address the numerous lies and smears against Hillary Clinton.  Palmer provides ways and means of getting through the phony facts and information provided by Fox News, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and other Trump surrogates. When you go into detailed evidence against their claims, the response is longer than they’re willing to read or hear. Here are some ways to get around them:

Field guide to defending Hillary Clinton against every fake scandal: email, Benghazi and more

National Weekend of Action in Allentown, Pennsylvania Thursday, November 3 – Monday, November 7

From now until the election on November 8th, Executive Women for Hillary is mobilizing our members around the country. Join us in PA, a crucial battleground state, where we will GOTV (Get Out the Vote) for Hillary this weekend!

Thursday, November 3

4:30 pm       Carpool from New York to Allentown, PA

7:00 pm       Arrival and Check-in

7:30 pm         Dinner and GOTV training at the Hamilton Kitchen and Bar, Set Menu $45-50/pp

8:00pm          Stay overnight in Allentown (Holiday Inn Center City, Allentown) 

Friday, November 4

8:00 am       Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am       Meet at Allentown Field Office, 512 West Hamilton Street for field assignments and team photo

10:00 am      Canvass together knocking on doors, registering voters and distributing campaign literature

5:00pm         Dinner and Movie, hosted by Ruth and Charles Marcon at their home

Saturday, November 5

8:00 am       Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am       Meet at Allentown Field Office, 512 West Hamilton Street for field assignments

10:00 am      Canvass together knocking on doors, registering voters and distributing campaign literature

5:00 pm         Dinner (Location TBD)

7:00 pm         Allentown Activities

Sunday, November 6

10:00 am       Brunch and election update Billy’s Downtown Diner

11:30 am       Meet at Allentown Field Office, 512 West Hamilton Street for field assignments

12:00 am      Canvass together knocking on doors, registering voters and distributing campaign literature

6:00 pm         Dinner (Location TBD/We will break out into small groups)

Monday, November 7

8:30am        Breakfast at hotel/Check-out

9:30am        Meet at Darby Field Office, Get new assignments

10:00am        Canvass together

2:30pm          Return to New York

Please email EW4H Co-Chair Jennifer Allyn at Jennifer.w.allyn@us.pwc.com if you can join us. Please send your name, phone number, if you have a car or need a ride. You can join us for one or both days. Please invite friends from the Allentown area to come out too

Help Make Our “Mill for Hill” Goal

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Dear EWFH Members,

Executive Women for Hillary has a goal of raising $1 million for Hillary by election day.  While EWFH is not a fundraising organization we do support Hillary for America and all of it efforts.  Supporting the campaigns fundraising efforts is critical for success. Here are four ways you can help.

Donate to the campaign and help make our “Mill for Hill” goal. Do it now and contribute the maximum you can afford. There are only 10 weeks left.

Attend a fundraising event.  EWFH lists current events in your area on the events tab on the EWFH site.  Any contributions can count towards an event. Use raiser code 202356 when you fill out the form to make sure that EWFH gets credit.

Add a fundraising component to your salon or house party.  The Grassroots fundraising guide can help you get started. The EWFH Fundraising committee will help you. Please contact Lorraine Hariton, Lorraine@xeolux.com for more information.

Become a fundraiser yourself.   Join the fundraising committee of EWFH and learn how.  Please contact Lorraine Hariton, Lorraine@xeolux.com to learn how.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine
Lorraine Hariton
Fundraising Chair
Executive Women for Hillary

Stop Wringing Your Hands and Start Winning this Race!

by Shifra Bronznick, Co-Chair, Get Out the Vote, Executive Women for Hillary

Do you know how you contract pneumonia?  Germs – the kind that come from being exposed to hundreds of hugs and handshakes on the campaign trail from the many people who want to greet the person who is about to become the leader of the free world.

Hillary Clinton is a candidate for President – she is not actually the President (yet) which means she has no obligation to share health news with a nation on an immediate basis.

Given that people can recover quickly and completely from pneumonia, why would it make sense for Hillary Clinton to make an immediate announcement of an ailment that might pass in a week?

Especially since she has experienced the full burden of what it means to have your personal life be scrutinized in agonizing detail – while long, thoughtful, essential policy speeches are virtually ignored.

I have been an active volunteer with Executive Women for Hillary – and this morning I was awakened by so many anxious people asking me, “what is going to happen to her campaign now?”

But is it a serious matter to delay for two days in telling people news of what might be a brief illness?  What’s going on is more toxic than the germs that cause pneumonia.  And, it is up to us to put a stop to it.

Let’s stop letting other people define what is important.  Let’s keep our eyes focused on what truly matters – from immigration reform to economic and racial equality, from human rights to women’s rights: on all the great values that our nation is built on.

Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily accomplished and effective leader with a powerful track record and the potential to be one of the greatest Presidents we have ever elected.  We have to make sure she is elected and we cannot get waylaid by every manufactured crisis.

Let’s stay calm and focused, folks. We have the power to win this election.  We have the capacity to register voters, canvass, talk to our neighbors, friends and family and use our passion and our commitment to influence people to vote for the most experienced, dedicated and intelligent candidate we have ever seen.

So for those who care about making sure Hillary wins, stop wringing your hands and worrying.  Instead, stay focused and strong, and use your resilience and grit to keep on doing everything you can to Get Out the Vote!  If you do that, if each and every one of us just takes ten actions a day to support Hillary Clinton, we will win!

To Get Out the Vote in battleground states, contact Shifra Bronznick at bronznick@betterorg.com

Unusual Child Advocacy Credentials

By Robert Fellmeth, originally published on Huffingtonpost.com

The two of us, Amy Harfeld and Robert Fellmeth, head up the national advocacy of the Children’s Advocacy Institute.  We are aware of the rather unusual credentials of the Democratic ticket for the Presidency and wish to detail those elements, an aspect little discussed in the torrent of mutual insults dominating campaigns and their coverage.  We have jointly authored the following report on the background of one side of the current contest.

An historic election is underway. Yes, we are close to electing the first woman President in this country’s history. Yes, the opposing candidate is the most odious, divisive, and dangerous we have ever seen. But neither of these explains the unique characteristic that makes this election so unique and exciting for lifelong child advocates like me.

On the Democratic side, we have a ticket chock full of child advocates. Really committed, knowledgeable champions who understand the needs of wide swaths of vulnerable American children and the economic, social, and moral imperative of addressing those needs.

Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate ever to have invested years of her career at a child advocacy organization. Her record over the last four decades reveals time and again a career dedicated to improving education, health, and opportunity for the most vulnerable children in our nation. She helped push for the Foster Care Independence Act which helps young people aging out of foster care and worked tirelessly for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which now covers over 6 million American children. In Hillary’s own words, “I want to be a voice for America’s children.”

Her running mate Tim Kaine also has a long and impressive resume of supporting laws to lift up the most vulnerable children. Just last year, my 3 year-old daughter proudly placed a Champion for Children medal around Senator Kaine’s neck as Mom’s Rising recognized his unwavering support for expanded Pre-K and affordable child care. He has introduced legislation to provide tax credits for foster parents and preserve connections for siblings in care.

Senator Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, worked in the child welfare and foster care arena for over 15 years, ultimately serving as a family court judge. She spearheaded child welfare system change in Virginia and led the establishment of Fostering Futures, which focused on providing support for older foster youth leaving the system without an adoptive family.

This July, foster youth alumni Jelani Freeman stood front and center on stage at the Democratic National Convention. Never before have the compelling long-term issues of abused and neglected children been placed so squarely in the national political limelight. This unprecedented platform bodes well for the degree of attention and commitment these issues would receive in a Clinton-Kaine White House.

Almost all political candidates express their concern for children’s safety and well-being, but very few put their money where their mouth is. Let’s be frank― children don’t vote, don’t pay taxes, and can’t contribute to political campaigns. They have zero political capital. Yet, the struggles which they face have a unique and profound impact on the nation’s economic security and stability, as well as on our moral standing domestically and around the world.

This political season, we have a unique and precious moment― a Democratic ticket laden with committed child advocates. There is every reason to believe that this will translate into an elevated platform and meaningful action to strengthen the rights and improve the lives of children and foster youth across America.

Clinton’s former employer, the Children’s Defense Fund has, for years, been using the logo, “Be Careful What You Cut” alongside a photo of a cute toddler. Such is the defensive posture that child advocates have been forced into after a decade of recession, sequester, and a Congress unwilling to invest new dollars in children. If all voters committed to children come out to vote on November 8, we may reach a tipping point where we can liberate ourselves from this defensive mold and leap with all the confidence of our convictions to rightfully demand the reforms that will help move our nation’s children towards the bright futures that are their right.