|Linda, our "Notable Woman"|
The Women's Political Caucus's stated mission is to increase "...the number of progressive women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women." After being lauded for her work over the past several years, Linda offered her own remarks on being involved in politics and on her efforts to truly make a difference.
|Linda with Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, LD-21|
I was proud to have been Linda's campaign manager during that very first run, in which she triumphed over two opponents, and to see her elevated to the county level makes me prouder still. She is an inspiration to women like me. The other speakers at the event detailed the struggles that continue to confront women candidates, including sexism and the "old boys" network that shuts women out of the process, along with continuing difficulties in raising money for their campaigns. All paid tribute to the pioneers who trailblazed the paths women such as Linda now trod upon, women such as Shirley Chisolm and Bella Abzug.
Linda has the brains as well as the people skills to go quite far, so I wouldn't be surprised to see her rise even higher in her next political iteration. Thank you, Linda, for the service you have given to our city. As a new councilor, as a progressive, and as a woman, I hope one day to be as "notable" as you! Congrats!
*The New Democrats for Plainfield are back in Column "C" this year, so it looks like deja vu all over again, as the saying goes!