Our very first episode of This Pod Is Your Podis here! Cortney and I were so excited to finally record this episode on Monday morning after months of planning and thinking about how a podcast would be a natural and needed extension of the Pantsuit Nation community. We couldn't have asked for better guests to help us kick things off, and we're looking forward to hearing from our listeners and readers.
This week on This Pod Is Your Pod, we talked with two incredible women who channeled their rage, shock, and sadness after the 2016 election into action. Kristy Klein Davis shared her story of running for local school board in a suburb of St. Louis after being inspired to run for office. What she thought would be a straightforward process took a sharp veer into unexpected territory when a local hate group targeted her, other candidates, and students at a school within the district. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Kristy Klein Davis with her daughter
“After the election, I was devastated. But then I thought, OK, how can I make sure my voice is represented somewhere, even if it’s not represented at the White House?”
We also talked with Amanda Litman, a former Hillary Clinton staffer and self-described "campaign hack" who co-founded, along with Ross Morales Rocketto, Run For Something, a new organization that "will recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench." Amanda shared her vision for supporting first time candidates who are looking for guidance on how to go about running for office at all levels of government, from city council to mayor to school board. She's incredibly inspiring and thoughtful and brilliant and we loved talking with her.
“We said, let's try to get 100 people to run for something in this first year and we'll see what happens. We launched 6 months ago, and we've had 10,000 people around the country sign up and say they want to run.”
Amanda Litman with her Run For Something co-founder, Ross Morales Rocketto
(Cat) Call to Action
We chatted with Cat Plein, Chief Operating Officer for Pantsuit Nation and our call to action cheerleader. She urged us to keep the pressure on as we continue to fight the GOP's treacherous plans to take healthcare away from millions of Americans. Progressives scored a major victory this week with the crumbling of the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare in the Senate. It's important to recognize the victory but also to stay focused. We know that limiting access to affordable healthcare will remain at the top of the GOP agenda for months to come so please keep calling your elected representatives this week and every week to say how important The Affordable Care Act is to you and your community.
To find information, including phone numbers, talking points, and even a call script to get you started, we recommend checking out 5calls.org.
Our Golden Pantsuits this week went to Jodie Whittaker, breaker of alien glass ceilings as the first woman cast as The Doctor in the BBC's TV show, Doctor Who. It's about time!
Also a collective Golden Pantsuit goes to the entire cast and the director of A Wrinkle In Time. The trailer was released last weekend, we lost our collective minds (along with the rest of the internet), and we can't wait to see the movie, which is already breaking records as the film with the largest ever budget for a black female director (Ava DuVernay!). Plus we got a glimpse of Oprah rocking what we assume is a pantsuit, but it's a little hard to tell. What do you think?
Oprah in A Wrinkle in Time rocking what appears to be an intergalactic pantsuit