Sneak Preview of Zelda’s Dogma on Voter Registration!
OWL is pleased to share this special preview of Zelda Wisdom’s dogma for National Voter Registration Day. It’s a great day to make sure your registration is up-to-date, and to reach out to friends to do the same. Speaking of voting—did you know that 22 million women eligible to vote in the last midterm election didn’t? OWL and the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum are working to engage those women this fall. (Yes, we’ve written about this before. But we’re doing it again because, yes, it’s that important.) Read more here.
Posted by Pat Lewis on 09/15 at 03:17 PM
Letter to the Editor: The New York Times
If you didn’t know any better, Sunday’s opinion piece “When Did We Get So Old?” would have you believe that the biggest issue facing aging boomers is whether or not to dye their hair. With only the briefest of nods to financial issues, the author focuses instead on the ‘psychological quandary’ she says is causing her and her peers the ‘most unpleasantness’ –being the oldest in the room.
Really? This warrants how many column inches? That we’re a very large, very self-important demographic that has discovered that aging is icky?
Meanwhile, the web is replete with alarming statistics about how unprepared boomers are for the more important aspects of aging. How we’re working well past ‘retirement’ age out of necessity, that we have no savings and have given no thought to long-term care—concepts particularly true for women and people of color.
But instead of taking advantage of some of media’s most valuable real estate to point out that these are societal and not just personal issues, this piece instead chooses to perpetuate the myth that all boomers are awash in cash and retirement savings, and are ready to SoulCycle their way into their 90s.
Posted by Pat Lewis on 09/05 at 02:18 PM
Letter to the Editor: Washington Post
Letter to the Editor Washington Post
September 3, 2014
John Delaney makes several excellent points in “The solution to fixing dysfunction in Congress”. One of the most critical aspects is low turnout, which is quickly becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Faced with a dysfunctional Congress, people see little point in voting, which concentrates the voting power in an increasingly small set of hands – and the cycle continues. Any steps that we can take to enfranchise more voters, such as open primaries, can only strengthen our democracy.
Even women, who consistently register and vote in greater percentages than men (Post columnist Catherine Rampell wrote about this recently), are not exercising their power in midterm elections. In the 2010 midterms, 22 million women who could have voted didn’t; that’s why OWL, along with the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, is launching an initiative this year to engage these women. After all, the only way we as individuals can have an impact now is by participating in the process, even if the process itself is less than ideal.
Posted by Bobbie Brinegar on 09/05 at 02:01 PM