by Donna Frye
First, more women should run for office so we can change the fundamental political rules that are in place – rules that allow someone like [former San Diego Mayor] Bob Filner to abuse his power for so many years without being challenged. Rules that tell us not to report something that our boss does but does not want reported in order to maintain the status quo. In other words, cover it up, do your job and keep your mouth shut.
Second, more women should run to redistribute the balance of power in our political system. We need to stop allowing men to decide what is best for us, especially when it comes to our health and finances. We don’t need legislation that intrudes into the privacy of our doctor’s office and we don’t need legislators who believe it is OK for us to be paid less for doing the same work as our male counterparts.
Third, women’s voices are needed because we bring a different perspective to politics…we should not be afraid or fearful of running for office or being called names or challenged by those who do not have the courage to do what we all know we can do…
Instead, we should be more fearful of what will happen to our city, our state, our nation or our universe when women don’t run…when they don’t step up and out of their comfort zone and take care of business….
Finally, more women should run because women are less likely to be involved in sexual abuse of power or sexual harassment. Most of us are smarter than that and frankly we are too busy doing our real work and caring about the community.