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Time Magazine Features IL14 Candidate Lauren Underwood

Time Magazine recently featured a number of women running for office this election cycle. Among them, was IL14 Congressional Candidate Lauren Underwood who was profiled as part of the post, A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office, published on January 18, 2018.

Calling this growing list of female candidates, the Pink Wave, the article cites a number of female candidates who were inspired to run after the Women’s March last year brought the business of politics home for women across the country.

Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse with a heart condition, decided to run for the House of Representatives in Illinois after her Congressman broke a pledge on the health care bill
Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse with a heart condition, decided to run for the House of Representatives in Illinois after her Congressman broke a pledge on the health care bill Marzena Abrahamik for TIME

The article calls all of the women featured, “Progressive”, but fails to qualify that designation through policy position. All of the candidates profiled, however, are running as Democratic candidates. The piece cites the female vote, particularly among African American women, as the reason for Roy Morre’s defeat in Alabama.

To be sure, it was the African American vote for both men and women who made the election of Democratic candidate Doug Jones possible. How Jones performs as alegislator remains a question after he made clear during his campaign — his first run for elected office — that he wanted to find “common ground” with Republicans. Jones is also a proponent of Women’s reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, but did not endorse further changes in access to healthcare through Medicare expansion or drug price negotiations. He supports, “a livable wage,” but did not endorse the Fight for $15 nor even a moderate increase to $12/hr.

This is a distinction that needs to be made- not all Democratic candidate are Progressives. To be sure, they tend to align more closely with Progressive ideals, but, as in all elections, buyer beware. No amount of catering to identity policitics can change that.

The goal should be not just increasing representation that more closely aligns to population bemographics, but recruiting women, persons of diverse relgious and ethic backgrounds, who also have People First policies at the core of their policy goals and doing so in a way that does not further alienate men. The results of continuing to do so are evident in the narrative on Brietbartand growing numbers of Alt-right and “Meninist” groups who use identity policits to illicit equally passionate yet negative responses.  Inclusive and diverse must be exactly that focus with measures of character at the forefront.

 

 

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King

 

 

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