Turn on your local news and you’ll find that political talk is at an all time high.
I can remember my very first time voting. I was so excited. In all honesty, I really had no clue what I was doing. Yet growth has been a beautiful thing. While I am still not where I would like to be in the area of political awareness, I am definitely making the necessary strides. In my search of various resources and organizations in my own community, I had the pleasure of speaking with Rosalyn Glen (soror and personal friend) about an exciting organization that she has been a part of. Here are her views on Political Organization and some important information that she has to share about the League of Women voters.
The League of Women voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. “ This organization not only advocates for voter registration but also encourages women to become involved on the local level. Most importantly it strives to promote advocacy and education through political awareness and involvement.
After learning of the organization I was interested to learn more about the nature and experiences of organizational membership. Thankfully, I was able to sit and have a chat with Ms. Glen about her own personal experiences with this organization.
MGS: So, what led you to joining the League of Women Voters?
RG: I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta. At the time, our chapter desired to increase involvement in social action as it is a strong part of the political awareness tier in our programmatic thrust. As a result, I began attending the meetings of this organization. It turned out to be a natural fit for what we were striving to do.
MGS: How have you, along with your organization been involved in this current election? What strides have you all made over time?
RG: Our main focus during this election has been registering individuals to vote. We have also hosted various educational forums to inform the community about political candidates and platforms. More than anything, we have made strides in educating the community and getting people involved. We also have advocated for women in the political arena and created a space where we hold our leaders accountable. Politics is more local than national, and it is important that change is promoted on the local level.
MGS: In your opinion, why do you think that it is important for women to be involved in the political arena?
RG: It is important that women are involved politically because these decisions affect us. Things such as equal pay and abortion rights; these are things that affect us directly. Women have to be at the table for these decisions and speak on our own behalf. In addition to this, women are often more nurturing and thus more holistic in our way of thinking. We tend to think about things that impact the whole, and this is important in making political decisions. w3
MGS: What has been the most rewarding part of joining this organization?
RG: The most rewarding part of the LOV has been the opportunity to join together with other like minded women. I am able to hear views that are different from my own. It challenges me to expand my thinking by hearing the perspectives of others. It also increases my own awareness.
MGS: As of late, I have really been thinking about how I can become more involved in the political arena. What advice would you give other women who are looking to get more involved?
RG: I would encourage all women to work with on a political campaign to gain hands on experience. Get involved. There are various conventions and meetings all over the world. Use whatever your abilities and talents are to get involved in these arenas. For example, my background consists mostly of business and finance. This led me to becoming treasurer of the Columbia SC chapter of the League of Women Voters. You don’t have to try and do everything, but you do need to do something. Always ask yourself, “How can I fulfill part of my life purpose while being a part of this organization?” This will lead you to your purpose and involvement in any arena.
League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area, 2016, May 16, http://www.lwvcolumbiasc.org/index.html Retrieved on July 28 2016.
Learn more here: http://www.lwvcolumbiasc.org/index.html
Written by Michaela Phelps, Staff Writer #MyGirlSquad