Motivation

Brewer keeps vow to help his high school

This is not a political story, but an activism story well worth sharing: Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. This is the lesson Ally Jeffers learned last May as a freshman at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio, according to a report by Eric Lyttle in The Columbus Dispatch. Fearing that a school levy would fail and cut funding for the band, she searched for ways to help. Learning...

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African-American woman candidates face special challenges

Last Wednesday, we wrote about the difficulties facing women who want to run for office. Today, for Martin Luther King Day, we will drill down to the specific challenges African-American women experience. Mary C. Curtis, writing in 2014 for The Root, an African-American news blog, observes that black women are often the backbone of political campaigns, but that the number of elected black women...

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Why women do not run for office

Why so few women run for office It’s not hard to find articles bemoaning the small number of women who choose to run for office, despite the fact they perform just as well as (and often better than) men once elected. My Yahoo search on “too few women candidates” turned up more than 5.7 million results. There are plenty of reasons given: A 2008 study by The Brookings Institution shows that women...

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Does “slacktivism” work?

“Slacktivism” is better than nothing, but it’s not hard to do more. Brett Bittner at The Advocates, a libertarian site, wonders whether sharing, favoriting, retweeting, and pinning things on social media really accomplish anything. On reflection, he understands that when many people pin, like, or share social media posts, there is an impact; and there are busy times when that is all we can do....

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How Activists Create Change

How do activists create change? Last June, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University asked the question, “How does activism drive corporate change?” While their research focuses on activism’s impact on corporate management, most of their insights also apply to political activism. Sometimes the impact is direct: A shareholder group filed a resolution urging McDonald’s to replace...

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Activism is an expression of love

Daniel Kington, a columnist for The (Ohio University) Post explains as well as anyone what motivates individuals who make political activism part of their lives: To love is to create beauty. And this creation is action. Like revolutionaries in Brazil, the student-activists on this campus – so often scorned for their anger, seriousness, and idealism – are driven by that love. And, in their...

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