Get up and get active… in politics.
Can I ask you something real quick, reader? Why are we taught that it’s impolite for young women to discuss politics? We are told (by our family, friends, teachers, the media) that those conversations aren’t appropriate. From the dinner table to the office mixer, I’ve found myself being discouraged from sharing my beliefs or, worse, being told that I couldn’t possibly know what I’m talking about.
At only 23, I’m an elected official in my town. (Yes, you read that correctly.) I’m pretty dang educated about the issues facing my local community as well as American politics as a whole. So you know what, reader? I’m gonna talk about politics. And I’m going to encourage every single one of you to talk about politics too, even if we disagree.
It’s hard to break that stigma, but the best way to do it is with a little help from your friends (that’s me!)
Last month, I was part of an initiative at work for young people to contact their representatives. Calling is the most effective way to get in touch with your reps, so we tried 5calls.org.
5 Calls is a website that makes calling your local politicians super simple. First, you enter your zip code, so 5 Calls can figure out who your representatives are. Then, you pick a topic that matters to you. 5 Calls gives you background on the issue and a little script in case you need some help (this was so helpful for me, I get very wordy on the phone). Then, you make the call and you record your result: did you go straight through? Leave a voicemail? Was the politician totally unavailable? Finally, it’ll ask you to repeat the process for your other representatives. DONE.
It took me less than 5 minutes to leave voicemails for both of my senators; it’s as simple as that. I would strongly recommend 5 Calls if you want your voice to be heard but don’t know where to start. As a young woman, I found the process accessible and empowering and I’m so happy to share it with you as a resource.
What are your favorite ways to get active in politics? What was your experience with 5 Calls? Let me know in the comments below!