I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy.
I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership.
More than 10,000 ballots in Miami-Dade County have been rejected by some machine without any opportunity for a human being to take a look. That is just not right.
My answer to those who oppose my appointment as CEO is that this is really a decision of the YWCA. They want to strengthen their grassroots to advocate on behalf of women's and children's empowerment and ending racism.
Some of those men in power, we just have to change their faces because we're not going to change their minds.
I have a very personal interest. I am a Miami-Dade voter. One of the issues is that my vote and so many other votes of women and African Americans in Florida are being discounted or discarded. I want my vote to count.
Advice and consent does not mean rubber stamp in the Senate.
I just have that sense this is the reason we got Sandra Day O'Connor on the Court in the first place is because Ronald Reagan was running for President.
In any grass-roots campaign, building an ongoing base of support is as important as winning the ultimate goal.
The Violence Against Women Act is so important. It provides money to train the cop on the beat, to train the judges that this is a new day, that we won't tolerate this violence and to know how to deal with it.
Is a woman raped every three minutes or every six minutes? It is far too much, whatever it is.
Most of us see Justice O'Connor as something of an icon, although we do not agree with all of her decisions.
We have to stop this violence. We have to make the political nature of the violence clear, that the violence we experience in our own homes is not a personal family matter, it's a public and political problem. It's a way that women are kept in line, kept in our places.
The way to be a man if you're a little boy is to be willing to throw your weight around.
When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law.
The Young Women's Christian Association is nourished by its roots in Christianity and, at the same time, over the years, it's been enriched by beliefs and values from all kinds of places, even, in fact, strengthened by our diversity.
the two major parties too often present us with a choice of the evil of two lessers.
Here I am.... You get the parts of me you like and also the parts that make you uncomfortable. You have to understand that other people's comfort is no longer my job. I am no longer a flight attendant.
Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.
Some campaigns are not worth waging if you can't win; others have to be fought on grounds of principle regardless of the chances for success.
I want to reach young women and to get them involved in the mission of the YWCA, economic empowerment of women and girls, and ending racism.
The opposition has moved from a blaming the victim to blaming the victim's advocate's statistics. Irrespective of what the numbers are, it's far too many.
Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases, new hires qualify for food stamps.
Violence may be a good focus to organize around, but we have to look at women's lives in our entirety.
Some of us may just, in one-on-one conversations with our family, with our friends, over the back fence with our neighbors, talk about the reality of our lives and realize that we're not alone, that we have a right to be physically safe and emotionally safe in our own homes.
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