Now What?

This has been a very hard, very sad day. I cried, I yelled, I vented to my daughter and my friends.  Now what I asked them and no one had an answer. We are numb; we are disheartened; we are shocked. But most of all we are angry!  I personally am enraged.  How can it be that we represent 51% of the population but still have no voice?  How is it that women are turning on each other and playing right into their hands?  Let’s face it.  The Republican senators did believe Dr. Ford but they don’t care!  Let that sink in. THEY DON’T CARE.

We are at a crossroad and we can’t and we won’t go back. This is not the country I want for my granddaughters.   I’ve been fighting this fight throughout my life – years of male bosses coming too close for comfort; years of being told I wasn’t as smart as the men in the room; years of taking this treatment and I am so done.

So what do we do now?  We turn years of anger and frustration into action!  THIS IS THE TIME.   We’ve lost many battles but we can win the war.

First we vote and we volunteer for female candidates and if possible we donate to candidates that share our values.

Then we research.  What companies promote women?  That’s where we shop.

And we won’t forget. Every day take just five minutes to contact a senator that voted yes. Let them know we are watching, we are here and we will win the war!

 

Author: Maureen Leidy

I am a proud resident of Ventnor and a member of the Ventnor Democrats and the South Jersey Democratic Women’s Forum. I am a single mother of four adult children, and grandmother to seven. When I am not working, I’m either calling my congressmen, signing petitions or marching in the streets. When I was approached to run, my inclination was to decline, but my daughter bluntly told me, “Put your money where your mouth is. If you don’t run, you are a hypocrite.” As much as I hated to admit it, she was right. So I am running to give a voice to those Atlantic County residents, who, like myself live paycheck to paycheck; who have struggled with the disease of addiction in their family; who have nowhere to turn when they are facing abuse and harassment. I am running to keep our beaches clean and our roads free of flooding. I am running to ensure your children and grandchildren can go to school without fear and receive a quality education. I am running so that my daughters and yours have access to Planned Parenthood. I am running so that all of us, male or female, are treated fairly and paid equally in the workplace. I know it’s an uphill battle, but I’ve always been a fighter. I will fight for your vote and I will fight for the ideals and values that the people of Atlantic County believe in – a safe, affordable community that we are proud to call home.

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