And, to make it even better, The Leadership Institute (LI) offers free lodging in the LI dorms. These are based on a first come first serve basis, and they do still have a few openings. Attendees can check in Sunday, February 3 after 5:30pm and check out by 11am on Friday, February 8. The class is February 4-7.
At a casual café in Istanbul, a woman in her twenties sits and stares morosely at her plate, stirring her food absently with her fork. Her four-year-old son reaches out and starts to scramble across the table towards her; annoyed, she scolds him and pushes him back into his seat. Her husband, dark and swarthy, goes right on eating.
She is small, this woman, though growing plump. She wears no makeup; and on this street, the Istiklal Caddesi, where other Turkish girls sway their hips and saunter in micro-miniskirts and counterfeit Louboutins, her only form of adornment isn’t really adornment at all: A plain tan scarf splashed with dark brown and salmon-colored flowers, a hijab she wears not for fashion, but for piety.
One sees more and more of these women lately in Istanbul. They are part of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “new religious generation,” an active force in a movement that is turning Turkey, secularized nearly 100 years ago by Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic further and further from the West and more towards its Islamic – even Islamist – neighbors in the Middle East. It is a movement that can have profound consequences for the West – Turkey is, after all, a full member of NATO – as much as for the Turks themselves.
But right now, nobody is feeling it more than Turkish women.
Last week, an article from the Air Force Times made much of Facebook and Twitter burst out with a collective “OH NO!!!” and “Quelle horreur!”, and it wasn’t even about reflective belts and the DFAC (the dining facility or the chow hall, for those of you who have not had the pleasure of eating there). Instead, it was about General Welsh’s direction that commanders and supervisors remove pictures, calendars and other materials objectifying women from the workspace and other public areas.
No one is asking that pictures of Enola Gay be taken down, so anyone clutching your pearls about historic nose art can calm down a little. No one is going into dorms and pulling down centerfolds (although the last time I did dorm inspections, porn on the walls was a no-no, per the First Sergeant). This is only pertaining to things in the workspace or common areas, like snack bars, squadron “heritage” rooms or day rooms in the dormitories.
Our Utah State Managing Director, Michelle Zook, wrote "America Deserves Better Than This" for ClashDaily.com. Take a read -- Americans certainly do deserve better than Obama's America, and it starts with us, ladies.
My father will be the first to tell you that he squeaked through high school. Upon graduation, he went to work in his dad’s business, changing tires, and kept right on doing that until he left to drive trucks. All his life, he’s been a blue collar man. Even now that he has an office job, you can tell some days that he would really rather just be out, driving a truck.
We encourage you to contact your Republican Representative and/or Senator(s) to remind them of the optics, perception and messaging when they fail to include any of the well-qualified women for committee chairmanships. If we are going to bridge the gender gap, it has to start with the regular, day-to-day practices of the party.
PolitiGal Network announces the addition of two nationally known women to its Advisory Board today.
Janis Mitchell of Westerville, Ohio is the President/CEO of Precise Resource, and she has been a leader in the talent acquisition and technology industry for over 20 years. Mitchell is a serial entrepreneur who is gifted in connecting with anyone, fostering relationships and developing contacts. Her company focuses on providing talent resource management and staffing for Fortune 500 companies and rising small businesses. She started Precise Resource, Inc. after selling her cross-company Info Fortress Solutions, the world’s first organization to install single sign on SAML protocol for a Fortune 100 company.
“Janis will be a great asset to our Advisory Board,” said Sara Marie Brenner, Executive Director of PolitiGal Network. “I have known her for several years -- she is a mover and shaker. She will help us be able to connect with the right people so that PGN can be even more successful.”
Cherylyn Harley LeBon resides in Northern Virginia and is a member of Project 21 - the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives. She is currently President & CEO of KLAR Strategies, LLC, a public affairs firm. LeBon has served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush Administration, as a spokesman for the RNC, and as a Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She appears frequently on Fox News Channel and national radio shows, and is a contributor to Townhall and Politicalistas.
"Cherylyn’s experience as an advisor on women’s issue to the Romney campaign will be helpful to PolitiGal Network,” Brenner explained. “She is truly interested in helping our organization develop the right communication strategies to reach out to women, and to help candidates and office-holders connect with women in the electorate.”
Our Executive Director, Sara Marie Brenner, had the opportunity to meet Cathy McMorris Rodgers when she attended the 2009 RNC Women's Summit in Washington, D.C. Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers has been in the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is currently vice-chair of the Republican Conference. She is an articulate, intelligent, conservative leadership in the House, and we are thrilled to see that she is interested in this leadership role! Rep. McMorris-Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress.
Monday, November 12, our next training class will begin for women committed to becoming a state managing director or an area coordinator! If you are interested and have not yet applied, it's not too late.