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About Chris Jahnke
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Oprah – Other Worldly Source of Inspiration: What Every Woman Candidate Can Learn from Her Magnus Opus
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “In today’s blockbuster release of A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey plays Mrs. Which – an out-of-this world being who inspires a young girl to “Be a warrior.” Real-world Oprah doesn’t need to appear as a shimmering light to lead us out of the darkness here on Earth.” Read the full article here.
From the U.S. Capitol to statehouses nationwide. From Alabama to Virginia. From jammed phone lines to packed town halls. From Hollywood to television studios. Silence breakers, candidates, organizers, and activists are giving voice to the resistance.
Let’s celebrate the stirring words of strong women driving change.
Keynoter Gloria Steinem
National Co-Chair Linda Sarsour
6-year old Sophia Cruz – With her family facing deportation, this activist declared, “We are here today creating a chain of love to protect our families.”
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates refused to defend an executive order banning travelers from majority Muslim countries.
For taking a stand, she was unceremoniously fired.
At the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit, Sally discusses her 10 days as the acting AG and shows what it means to be a true patriot.
In another time, Danica Roem would not have been elected to the Virginia state legislature.
But this is a different time and the 33-year old transgender journalist defeated a man self-described as the state’s “chief homophobe.”
In a post-victory interview Danica was asked about her opponent and said, “Look, next year, Delegate Marshal is going to be my constituent. I’m not trying to make him feel bad.”
A “young lady” who “doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.” That is how a white, 84-year old Congressman referred to the first Indian-American member. Rep. Pramila Jayapal immediately objected to the offensive comment and had it stricken from the official record. Seizing the moment, she then tweeted encouragement to others who have been similarly disrespected:
“Here’s a message to women of color out there: stand strong. Refuse to be patronized or minimized. Let the small guys out there be intimidated by you.”
Watch Rep. Jayapal handle the moment.
Rose McGowan wasn’t alone when she took the stage at the 2017 Women’s Convention to share the story of sexual abuse that had haunted her adult life.
On stage, she joined hands with Tarana Burke the women who initiated the #metoo movement 10 years ago to help people who’ve been sexually harassed or abused.
The stories of Rose and Tarana reverberated enabling thousands more to speak up and be heard.
The mayor of Puerto Rico’s largest city was undeterred by repeated attempts to discredit her leadership in the wake of the worst storm to hit the island in 80 years.
When the winds subsided, Mayor Cruz personally led rescue efforts wading through chest high water bullhorn in hand. With little aid reaching the island and thousands without basic necessities of water and electricity, the mayor generated urgency about the tragedy and demanded the federal government fix the logistical delays. The White House’s initial response was to call her a “nasty woman.”
On The Late Show with Steven Colbert, the Mayor speaks out for her constituents.
No one runs out the clock on Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
When Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attempted to evade questions during a House Financial Services Committee hearing he hit a wall.
The Congresswoman displayed a command of procedural rules to shut down his insolence. “Reclaiming my time” is an apt metaphor for all who feel there isn’t time to waste.
Campaign Tips from a Speech Coach
The surefire way to bring the crowd to its feet at the Women’s Convention in Detroit was to announce you are running for office. “Hell ‘yeah!” was the response at the three-day organizing event as love was showered on the aspiring candidates. It was a wind beneath candidates’ wings needed to carry them down a rocky campaign trail. Read the full article here.
Looking for inspiration? These women will bring you to your feet.
Reshma Saujani – Closing the Bravery Deficit
Tips for Lawyers & Anyone Who Contends with Mansplainers and Conversation Hogs
In Medium, Chris Jahnke writes, “As a speech coach whose passion is helping women speak out I’m often asked: how can I do a better job of holding the floor? The question comes from women who want to throw out ideas in meetings and presentations but dread being interrupted, shot down or ignored.”
Read the full article here.
“The summary of how it feels is like every day you’re drinking from a fire hose,” Abedin explains one evening, about the constant onslaught of her job. Wearing a pink-and-navy print dress, she is sitting in her light-filled corner office in Clinton’s downtown Brooklyn headquarters. One wall is covered with framed photos of the candidate. … On the shelves are Clinton’s Hard Choices; Dana Thomas’s Gods and Kings, about Alexander McQueen and John Galliano; and Christine K. Jahnke’s The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best. Read the full story here.
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “History was made on the primary debate stage as women from both major parties stood shoulder to shoulder with the men. From the onset, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina each faced a unique set of challenges as well as a common obstacle. Two different candidates exposed the trials and triumphs of campaigning while female.” Read the full article here.
Here are standout media and public speaking performances from the Well-Spoken Women of 2015. These role models will make you LOL, misty-eyed, and shout: “Amen, sister!”
At 13 years, Misty was told she was too old, her feet were wrong, body too heavy and she was living in a motel with mom and five siblings.
Today she is the first African-American promoted to the top job at the American Ballet Theatre. On The Diane Rehm Show, Misty pulls back the curtain on her ballet journey.
A Forbes cover story declared that investing in women and girls is “the best idea in the world” to end global poverty.
At The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Power Women event, Melinda said from what she’s witnessed in Africa “progress is so possible.”
Dr. Dee Boersma – Penguin Expert
2016 Indianapolis Prize for conservation nominee, Dee has devoted her life to studying Magellanic Penguins: “Once you fall in love with them it’s hard to leave them.”
These sentinels of the ocean help us understand the impacts of climate change and overfishing. Travel with Dee to the Galapagos Islands.
Jessica Mendoza – Baseball Analyst
Hell didn’t freeze over when two-time softball Olympian Jessica Mendoza entered the record books as the first woman to call a Major League Baseball playoff game. In fact, Jessica’s performance “drew rave reviews.”
Catch her baseball acumen from the ESPN booth.
Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism Project
In her Tedx Talk, Laura shares how she is making a fuss to stop the abuse.
“I know what it feels like not to laugh, I want to make people laugh.” With over six million followers and a billion views, this millennial comedienne is succeeding.
In a MAKERS interview, Lilly says channeling her creativity into videos helps her cope with depression.
When Hollywood studio heads ignored her question about the paucity of complex women roles, Reese decided to follow her mom’s advice: “If you want something done, honey, do it yourself.”
The result was Gone Girl and Wild the first films from her own production company. At the Glamour Women of the Year gala Reese exhorted the audience to be “a bit more ambitious.”
SNL star Kate hilariously channeled Angela Merkel’s reaction to being named TIME’s Person of the Year.
Hillary Clinton – Debate Crusher
At the last GOP debate there were nine candidates. That’s more than twice the total number of women who have ever participated in a presidential debate.