I hope this letter finds you in good spirits! This newsletter brings inspiring national events and exciting ReflectUS announcements.
In a monumental achievement and a huge step forward for women across all political platforms, Senator Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic VP nomination to become the first Black and Asian American woman to join a major political party ticket. Kamala is proof that the equality we seek can be realized through hard work, commitment, and dedication. This milestone demonstrates that this country can live up to its founding principle of equality for all.
Both the DNC and RNC conventions had a record number of women presenters. From Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the first Latina to be elected governor of New Mexico, to former Ambassador Nikki Haley, these women demonstrate that American politics is both looking toward and listening to female leadership. These sentiments are best conveyed in the words of former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice during her confirmation: “Pressing the case for the education of girls is an important part of what we're doing, helping to empower women politically through political activity and civil society activity”.
On August 18, 2020, ReflectUS had the opportunity to participate in and reflect upon celebrations honoring the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Despite this historical breakthrough, many African American, Latina, Native, and Asian American women had to wait even longer to exercise these rights. We continue to stress the importance of voting and political involvement to ensure all voices are represented in all areas of government.
We are very excited to announce the newest members of the ReflectUS team, Keisha Salmon (Communications Director) and Amanda Pohl (Programs Director). As we expand our presence, we are encouraged by the many ways we are supporting women in political leadership and broadening our national impact.
Additionally, ReflectUS is building our press profile across major outlets, and bringing the message of gender parity in politics to a national audience. Check out our press room here.
Please join us in celebrating and reflecting on these important highlights. As for now, we're getting back to work building political power for women.
Join the movement!
Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO
ReflectUS added two new members in the past month. Please welcome, Keisha Salmon, Communications Director, and Amanda Pohl, Programs Director. We are excited to have their experience and expertise on the team!
Keisha comes to ReflectUS with a decade of experience developing and implementing successful integrated cross-platform communications strategies. As the Communications Director on the ReflectUS team, Keisha will drive ReflectUS’s mission to create meaningful social impact and to empower more women to advance in political leadership by elevating the organization’s visibility and amplifying the voice of the Coalition Members.
Amanda Pohl is a macro social worker passionate about social justice. She has more than a decade of experience in program development, project management, and nonprofit leadership. Amanda has worked within the fields of women’s rights, communications for grassroots organizing, fair housing, and electoral politics. She previously worked for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, has served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked for Virginia Organizing, among other organizations. Amanda also served as a hospital chaplain for more than 10 years.
She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office. To see equal representation in our lifetime, everyone needs to take action, and every action counts.
Wondering how you can participate? Take She Should Run's Role Call quiz to discover what role you play in solving gender inequality. Whether by encouraging more women to run, sharing our time and talents, or simply learning more about the importance of women’s political representation, there are actions both large and small that can have a significant impact in 2020 and beyond. Get tools and solutions tailored to your personal strengths so you can start making a difference today.
Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:00 pm
Part of our 19th amendment centennial speaker series, “Looking Back to Move Forward: The Suffragists and Their Legacy.” We are partnering with Higher Heights to present #BlackWomenLead
- Building Political Power through digital organizing, fundraising and campaign strategy.
San Diego Regional Leadership Academy
Are you interested in running for elected office and want to learn what it takes? Join APAICS for a virtual 2-day training to learn more about developing a campaign plan, fundraising, and to connect with emerging leaders in the San Diego region. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and apply by September 8th!
ReflectUS has seen its share of press mentions and created a section on our site to keep track of the great work being recognized. Check out the amazing profiles from The Hill, CBS News, MSNBC, USA Today, and many more.