Voice of the People: Women Are Making Gains But They Are Still Needed In Politics

Voice of the People by James J. Devine

Mary T. Barra was put in charge at General Motors, it was a clear signal that the corporate culture at the nation’s largest and most powerful auto company has changed forever.

“Problems don’t go away when you ignore them — they get bigger,” she told students during a commencement speech at Kettering University. “In my experience, it is much better to get the right people together, to make a plan, and to address every challenge head on.”

GMMaryBarra03.jpgI agree with her inclusive management style, her simple regard for the truth and her eagerness to learn more about what customers want and need.

Mary Barra has an ability with people that is going to be critical to G.M.’s success.

Women are still breaking glass ceilings in the corporate world and in politics, but progress for them has not moved fast enough.

The vast majority of impoverished Americans are women, often single women with children and widows left alone in their twilight years.

For American society to be truly great, we have got to care more for the millions of women who will never head giant corporations but may have played a critical role in bearing and raising those of us who own this country.

Mothers’ Day should not be a once a year celebration because everyday, America should inspire and prepare women to take on a greater role in our system of representative democracy.

In Rahway, where I live, only two of the ten elected offices at stake in this year’s primary election ballot are currently occupied by women. In Elizabeth, where six city council seats are at stake, there will be no female incumbents. Linden has one incumbent woman among the six municipal offices that voters will be asked to fill.

Since women comprise greater than half of the Democratic Party, it seems like common sense to recruit more of them to serve in representative capacities.

Surely, more than three of the 22 Democratic nominees selected next June in Union County’s largest cities ought to be women, so I am asking for readers to recommend qualified leaders.

Visit njtoday.net/girlpower to identify qualified women who you would recommend and I will ensure those names get passed along to movers and shakers with the Democratic Party and that the people you submit get details about how to run, if they are truly interested.

If a woman can run the nation’s largest and most powerful auto company, just imagine what some of them could do for our local governments.

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