When Women Succeed, America Succeeds!

The When Women Succeed, America Succeeds bus kicked off a nationwide tour on  Sunday in Seneca Falls, at the site of the future home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Martha Robertson, the Democratic candidate for the House, was on board, along with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York’s 20th, Rep. Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut, Rep. Doris Matsui of California, and Rep. Nydia Velasquez from New York’s 12th. “Women on a roll” was their motto.” Here are some great photos of the event.

Speakers recalled the bravery of the women and men who came to Seneca Falls in 1848 to issue the Declaration of Sentiments demanding equal rights and the vote for women.  Martha led the crowd in reciting the fundamental tenet of that Declaration:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”

Martha noted that seventy years of struggle had been required after the Seneca Falls convention to win the women’s vote, and that the right to equal pay had still not been achieved.

Martha and other speakers called for equal pay for equal work and raising the minimum wage, which at its current level of $7.25 per hour confines so many women to lives of poverty and anquish.  Much of that anguish arises from the high cost of child care, and from the lack of paid maternity leave or paid parental leave when children are sick.  Ours is the only industrialized country that lacks paid maternity leave.  Rep. DeLauro urged support for the FAMILY Act, which she has co-sponsored with our own Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. This legislation would assure that no mother would have to choose between earning a critical day’s pay or caring for a sick child.

Martha, whose candidacy was warmly endorsed by Slaughter and Pelosi, pointed out that our current congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, poses a serious obstacle to progress on women’s issues.

Reed has voted to keep the Paycheck Fairness Act from being considered in the House and opposes increasing the minimum wage. The chances of his ever supporting the FAMILY Act are vanishing to none. Martha, on the other hand, will be a tireless advocate for equal pay, affordable child care, raising the minimum wage, and other reforms that will help struggling women in the 23rd and around the country.


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19 Responses to When Women Succeed, America Succeeds!

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Martha Robertson’s background in education will also be a great asset for NY 23rd’s families. Emily’s List’s endorsement includes this positive note:
    “A former teacher, Martha’s commitment to education is shaped by her belief that education ‘is key to growing families, growing communities, and growing economies’. In Congress she’ll fight to make sure schools have the funding they need, since, as she says, ‘Teachers are the job creators. They create the next generation of entrepreneurs’.”


  2. pystew says:

    We should note that Rep. Reed voted against the Violence Against Women Act in 2011, and was not present when it came up for a vote (and passed!) in 2012. I know that is not technically ‘economic’, but it does relate to the theme of the tour.


  3. pystew says:

    If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can view Ken Burns “Not for Ourselves Alone”, which follows Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, for no cost.



  4. whungerford says:

    We should focus on economics and family needs–increasing the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits, fully funding SNAP, investing more in child care and education, and addressing the need for paid parental maternity leave. The US is a low income country, but it needn’t be that way.


  5. BOB McGILL says:

    I have been asking people if they could name one teacher that was, in their opinion, an excellent teacher. Nobody has been able to name one ! Most that I have talked to say their teachers were terrible, even a little ” CRAZY “. On the other hand, I can name one.


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    The average wage in a country measures the financial well being of that … While
    there are a host of other factors to consider, like tax rates, cost of living, security, …



  7. BOB McGILL says:

    “The US is a low income country, but it needn’t be that way. ”
    yep but it’s number one in the world, whungerford is from Mars.


  8. whungerford says:

    “My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
    And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
    But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
    And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
    O hear my song, O God of all the nations,
    A song of peace for their land and for mine.” — Lloyd Stone


  9. Anne says:

    You could have asked me; I can name several.


  10. BOB McGILL says:

    May 4, 2011 … When white light shines through a prism, the light is separated into all its colors.
    The light from the Sun looks white. But it is really made up of all …
    the sky AIN’T BLUE
    grass AIN’T GREEN
    and a frog IS BLUE AND YELLOW
    and somethimes I think you’re STONED


  11. BOB McGILL says:

    I would but I was looking for honest answers. 🙂


  12. BOB McGILL says:

    To say Martha was a teacher is a little disingenous, she was in fact a kindergarten teacher. There is a difference in my mind.


  13. BOB McGILL says:

    Issue Summary
    The Food Stamp program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) provides a monthly allowance of $134 per person to a low-income household to purchase food.1 Eligibility for the program has greatly expanded since its inception in 1964 as an outlet for surplus agricultural products — and has exploded over the last four years. It is now the fourth largest means-tested program for low income individuals, just behind Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. In 2011, one in every seven Americans was dependent on food stamp benefits and the number is continuing to grow at a rapid rate.2

    Dependence on food stamps has now more than doubled since President Obama took office in 2009. In just the first four years of his administration, the federal government increased spending on the program by 109 percent, from $37.6 billion in FY 2008 to $78.4 billion for SNAP benefits in FY2012.3 The increase in spending coincided with a 65 percent increase in the actual number of individuals, and a 72 percent increase in the number of families, that received Food Stamps — from 28.2 million recipients in almost 13 million households in FY2008 to almost 46.6 million individuals in 22.3 million households in FY2012.4

    The Administration’s FY2013 Budget (submitted in February, 2012) reported that total federal government spending on Food Stamps, after including administrative costs, had risen to $77.6 billion in FY2011 (a 98 percent increase from FY2008) and estimated spending would balloon to $85.2 billion for FY2012 (a 120 percent increase over FY2008.)5 OMB also reported that between 2008 and 2012, the average SNAP/Food Stamp monthly benefit per individual had grown by over 30 percent — from $102.19 to $133.42.6

    did you get the ( 120 percent increase over fiscal year 2008 ) 🙂


  14. Anne says:

    And what exactly is the difference?


  15. BOB McGILL says:

    what did you learn in kindergarten ? you obviously don’t play nice !


  16. solodm says:

    I learned everything I needed to know for life in kindergarten. I learned that some people are kind and others bullies; some are smart, and some were less so. I learned that when someone is always negative, they don’t have many friends, but when some were generous, they had many. I also learned that putting your mittens in your coat pockets – didn’t guarantee you’d still have two when you got home.


  17. josephurban says:

    Raising the minimum wage takes millions off of food stamps. Like most WalMart employees. Food stamps is a subsidy for low wage corporations.


  18. BOB McGILL says:

    raising minimum wage makes people ineligible for benefits and they end up with less in the long run


  19. josephurban says:

    Not true. It allows folks to participate in the economy and actually helps small business grow. It also lowers welfare costs, which I think is a good thing. Why would anyone wish to keep people dependent on government assistance? Isn’t it better to have folks makinng a living wage so they don’t need our tax dollars to survive?


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