Posts Tagged ‘equality’

Playing the “card” card: Hillary defangs a beloved Republican attack line

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

There’s always a risk in trying to turn an opponent’s words back on them. You may well end up reinforcing their message.

But when the opportunity is there, you can pull it off… especially when your opponent’s message resonates with their base but not with your persuadable audience.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign did just that yesterday after Sen. Mitch McConnell accused her of asking people to vote for her because she’s a woman—and said “the gender card alone is not enough.”

If reading that phrase made you grind a few chips of your molars, welcome to the club. For the past several years, the right wing has used “the race card” and “the gender card” as a way to silence discussion of inequality and injustice.

The phrase is a masterpiece of intellectual dishonesty, conveying an accusation of manipulation and duplicity without coming out and saying so. It’s rooted in the conservative narrative that claims that oppression is actually privilege, and that—… auuuugh, don’t get me started.

The point is, that narrative is near and dear to the Republican heart. But it’s a lot less convincing to persuadable voters… and gag-inducing to the Democrats that Clinton wants to mobilize as primary season looms.

So Clinton turned that phrase on its head, with a brief but powerful message in the form of a literal “gender card”:

She followed that up with a video that flipped the “card” idea back at the Republicans:

And that helped prompt a conversation under the hashtag #gendercard that can’t be what McConnell had in mind.

When you realize your opponent is relying on an attack line that has lost its bite, you have the chance to turn it back on them. You want to do it carefully, and you need to do your homework. But done carefully, it can be devastating.

Four women of NOW on the meaning of December 6

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Because we are women: December 6Today marks the anniversary of the massacre at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. 24 years later, the echoes of that terrible day are still strong. And they’re especially resonant on a day when we also mourn the death of Nelson Mandela.

The struggle for justice and equality has many faces. But there are strong common threads in both Mr. Mandela’s life and the daily work of multitudes to end violence against women.

In the same way that Margaret Mitchell’s male colleagues laughed when she raised the issue of domestic violence in the House of Commons, Nelson Mandela was demonized and dismissed on the editorial pages of the same newspapers running glowing eulogies today.

This is work that demands bold vision, persistence… and an enduring faith that ridicule and contempt can’t withstand the power of determined people. Today, we remember those who died on that day in 1989 in Montreal, and renew our commitment to building a world that treats our mothers, sisters and daughters with respect, justice and dignity.

Here, four of the women of NOW share a little of what December 6 means to them. (more…)

Did you make Stephen Harper’s enemies list? Then we salute you!

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Badge: Official Enemy StakeholderTo everyone on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s enemies list:

Congratulations. This is one of the highest honours our nation can bestow (especially since “Senate appointment” has taken such a beating in recent years). It’s like an ersatz membership in the Order of Canada, minus the expense and bother of a trip to Rideau Hall.

You worked hard for this: standing up for one or more of social justice, women, equality, working people, Aboriginal peoples, public services, our environment, the scientific method, health care, education, freedom of speech, the middle class, multiculturalism, safe workplaces, kids, young adults, the middle-aged, seniors, public-sector jobs, private-sector jobs, democracy, the working poor, public broadcasting, sensible regulation, municipal infrastructure, freedom of religion, the arts, fair taxes, peaceful conflict resolution, reproductive choice, endangered species, privacy, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and/or the CBC/Radio-Canada.

Wear your badge with pride. You’ve earned it.


12 ways women can unlock the door to political decision-making

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

woman with keyInternational Women’s Day reminds us that, for women, a crucial part of the struggle for equality and justice is an equal voice in political decisions.

But if history teaches us anything, it’s that waiting for those backroom doors to swing wide isn’t a winning strategy.

Two years ago, I published an article in Campaigns and Elections Canada with a dozen ways women can unlock those doors – and make a difference once we’re inside. (more…)

The silencing power of hate and fear – a personal story of remembrance

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

When anyone shoots or hits or shoves or murders us because we are women, we remember and take action because we are women. December 6.It was 1989. I had an apartment and my first ‘real’ job – working for a member of Parliament.  I was young, opinionated, making my own way in the world and loving it … when I decided to write a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun.

I wrote a letter because I had something to say about there being less conflict in the world if there were more women in decision-making positions. I honestly don’t remember what prompted me to write or the details of what I said. But I do remember what happened next.


Commemorating the women of l’École Polytechnique

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

December 6 marks the twenty-third anniversary of the violent deaths of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. It’s a day of grief, sadness and anger – and a day when we rededicate ourselves to equality, opportunity and freedom from violence for women everywhere

We’ve created a few images we’ll be using and sharing in memory of those young women, and we’re inviting you to do the same. (Click each image to see it full-sized.)

They include a poster :

When anyone shoots or hits or shoves or murders us because we are women, we remember and take action because we are women - December 6