The New Hampshire Women’s Caucus featured a panel that discussed strategies and resources for bringing about social change. The panel included Editor Jeff Feingold and Southern New Hampshire University Social Media Director Karlyn Morissette on traditional and new media; Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution Jamila Raqib and WomensTrust Founder and President Dana Dakin on community, non-profit and non-governmental organizations; and Former N.H. Legislator Elizabeth Hager and current N.H. Representative Terie Norelli on government, legislative advocacy, and politics.
With state primaries and a major election year ahead, Representative Norelli, in her eighth term and now serving as minority house leader, suggested ways to engage and make a difference. Stay informed about issues, meet and exchange views with political candidates, and work for candidates who champion your causes, she advised. Get involved with organizations that advocate for constituencies you care about such as The Children’s Lobby or a local domestic violence prevention group. “Write letters to the editor, go to a public hearing and testify, and contact your local legislator by email, phone or mail with your concerns,” she said. “With 400 of us, there’s one near you! Be sure to vote and encourage your friends and family to vote.”
Panel moderator Melissa Meade, associate professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer, closed the panel by asking the audience, “Who among us will run for office? Who among us will reach the media, or start our own media? And who among us will withdraw our obedience?”
Echoing statements made throughout the day, Colby-Sawyer Assistant Professor of Humanities Margaret Wiley encouraged everyone to work together for positive change. “Women’s issues are America’s issues,” she said. ” It’s hard to make change…to make people listen and learn to see issues they thought they knew about with new eyes…The journey continues after the caucus ends. We need your talent and energy.”
~Kimberly Swick Slover, director of Communications, Colby-Sawyer College
This is an excerpt of the 2011 NH Women’s Caucus Platform press release, read the full press release here.