How do you start becoming politically active? Women’s Caucus Members share their journeys and invite you to share yours!
I read the book “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World” by Maria Shriver and in one of the ten, she recommended volunteering in a presidential campaign. It so happened to be the beginning of 2016 and I thought, why not?
I signed up for my local Democratic Party’s emails. I received one about becoming a Democratic delegate at a local precinct meeting and went with my best friend — even though we had no idea what being a delegate meant, or what a precinct was. But no one showed up from our area (which we found out is called a ‘precinct’) and we decided to sign up to be delegates of our precinct even though we still didn’t quite understood the delegate part.
We finally learned what a delegate does when we went to the Texas Democratic Convention. We got to vote on who gets to go to the National Democratic Convention, plus be part of the process of vote by acclamation (better known as Robert’s Rules). Since then, I attended more local Democratic meetings and used my marketing skills to help them reach other members, which I continue to do to this day.
I have always been interested in Politics but I never really got involved in activism until I went to university. While at St Andrews, I helped found a Democrats Overseas Society to get other students involved and interested in the 2016 election. I was excited not only to meet new friends who shared similar interests but also to make a difference from so far away. After the disappointing outcome, I have to admit I became a bit disheartened in my activism.
Thankfully, that changed once I went into my Master’s program in London. I was often the only American in the classroom and in an environmental politics masters, that meant I had to explain why and how American environmental policy was enacted. I was frustrated that I had to constantly discuss how disappointed I was in the current administration’s lack of action that I knew I had to start getting involved. By happy coincidence, it was around this time that I learned of the Women’s Caucus and began going to meetings.
I find that one of my favorite things about being an activist is to making a difference on a small, everyday scale. I actively engage with friends and family on issues that matter to me as often as I can, whether its encouraging them to call their representatives or discussing how policy will impact our local area. Activism for me starts with the personal connections I make in hopes that others also feel inspired to take action!