On the eve of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and just post the Republicans’ gathering in Tampa, and only a couple of months before we’re required to cast votes for everything from President on down, I recommend a couple of good reads, for distinctly different reasons.
You’ll know Martha Burk, recently vindicated in her efforts to get women into the membership at the Augusta National Golf Club. Back in 2003, reacting to death threats, Martha wore a bullet-proof vest and was bracketed by body guards when she spoke publicly, spearheading the campaign. While she is quick to share the credit, the invitations to Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore this summer accrue to Martha’s political heft. She was then Chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations–and still directs its Corporate Accountability Project.
Her book, Your Voice, Your Vote, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need, 2012 Edition is a sobering and informative reminder of exactly what’s at stake in November and why we need to gin up our courage. Among the many reasons:
Over the next four years, the president could appoint at least two and perhaps as many as six Supreme Court justices, setting the course of law as it affects women for a generation or more….If those new justices do not believe in the basic rights of women, the right to abortion will be overturned, and other gains of the twentieth century, such as protection against discrimination in employment, education, pregnancy and credit could be rolled back or eliminated, one by by one. Martha Burk