Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why WWFC or "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." Aristotle

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished 
by being governed by those who are dumber." Aristotle
Suffragist Parade in NYC on May 1912.

Linden Rhoads, Gemma Daggatt, Patricia Atkinson, Tracy Newman and a couple others were extremely tired of yelling at their TVs after watching the news.  One particular morning as Linden and Tracy set off on a walk, they didn't spend the hour complaining about the state of the country, instead they decided to do something about it.  They came up with the idea of starting a PAC (political action committee).  The concept grew.  Lets have small political gatherings in our homes.  We can promise the Senators $10K if they'll fly out to talk with us.   If we pool our money we could meet with 6 Senators a year.  We could request that the Senators refrain from stump speeches and use the time to discuss the bills they are working on and our concerns. Perhaps we can change the direction of the country.  At the very least, I think it would help us figure out who to endorse?  A couple weeks later the group had their first gathering.  Over the years WWFC (Washington Women for Choice) has grown into a wonderful organization.  One of our members, Ann Kelly, developed diligence tools for us to determine where and when we wanted to use our money so that we could be bold and enter early on critical bellwether campaigns.  We meet with Presidential candidates as well as Senators and occasionally Congressmen. A couple times a year we bring in guest speakers and host salons on political issues.  

Just walking into the doors of a WWFC event feels so good.  
Suffragettes Celebrate the Ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug 26th, 1920 granting women the right to vote.