Almost 100 years ago women fought hard for the right to vote. Right now we need to fight equally hard to assume political power, so we can lead with heart and remember that political leadership is about service. Thank you for helping IGNITE do this work.
A note from Anne
On August 26th we celebrated women's equality day: the 97th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women got the right to vote.
It's hard to make sense of the turbulence America is facing right now. So I return to why we fight so hard for IGNITE's mission.
IGNITE staff member Whitney Harp said it best this week:
"Servant leadership is a core component of being a good political leader and that's connected to our mission. Women should, and do, seek political office to serve others."
Photo: IGNITE President Anne Moses interviewing Rosie Rios (the 43rd Treasurer of the US who is responsible for placing a woman on US currency in 2020) on Equality Day
#LeadwithHeart Shero: Monica Sibri
Former IGNITE Fellow Monica Sibri exemplifies the idea of #LeadWithHeart through her work in the DREAMer community. As founder of CUNY Dreamers and a DREAMer herself, Monica is at the center of advocacy efforts in New York to protect the rights of DACA recipients. Today, her most pressing concern is to help DREAMers prepare themselves for what ever happens next. Monica was interviewed by Spanish-language news channel Noticeros Televisa and attended a dinner hosted by NYC's First Lady Chirlane McCray to share her story.
Photos: Monica with fellow DREAMers at a dinner hosted by NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray
Three ways to become politically active NOW
Never before has IGNITE felt a greater urgency for action on the part of young women. If today’s headlines have you energized, now is the time to elevate your activism. Get engaged with IGNITE by:
Bringing IGNITE to your high school or college
License IGNITE’s High School Curriculum: Our high school curriculum builds political and civic leadership skills in female high school students. Students learn how government works, why gender parity matters, and how to analyze policy and ultimately define their call to service.
Launch a College Chapter: IGNITE’s student-led campus organizations build political and civic engagement among college women. Chapters organize activities like voter registration drives, policy workshops, and meetings with elected women and candidates.
Joining a local board or commission
Boards and commissions serve as a bridge between the community and government, ensuring oversight and raising awareness on important community issues. And it’s a great opportunity for you to stretch your leadership muscles. In part one of a three-part series, IGNITE offers a few suggestions on joining a board or commission.
Participating in National Voter Registration Day
Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On Tuesday September 26, 2017 volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. IGNITE has teamed up with Rock the Vote and National Voter Registration Day to give you tools and resources to register votes.
Tell us how you are taking action with #IGNITEinACTION on social media. We’d love to see you elevate your political activism.
Photo highlights of the month
Photo: Hanging out with NASA Astronaut Yvonne Cagle on Women's Equality Day
Photo: Women's Equality Day event
Photo: Democracy in action! We've got to show up and speak out if we want democracy to work. IGNITE attended U.S. Senator Kamala Harris' recent town hall to advocate for women's rights and opportunities.
Alumni Network Survey
IGNITE is preparing to formally launch our Alumni Network this fall! If you are an alumna of IGNITE, would you please share a few minutes of your time to help us design the Network? Your input will help us build a network to best meet your needs.
Thoughts from Next Gen Leaders: Participant Spotlight on Madalyn Shircliff
Madalyn Jane Shircliff is a junior at Texas Christian University and is working to get degrees in both journalism and political science. She currently serves as president of the TCU chapter of IGNITE and as a program facilitator at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth. She also writes for a hyperlocal Fort Worth news-site called The 109. She has been editor of PolitiFrog as well as a freelancer for the Dallas Observer. Connect with Madalyn on LinkedIn or Twitter.
As a founding member of the IGNITE chapter at Texas Christian University’s campus, I’ve had the experience of recruiting and growing a community of like-minded women, and even men, who support the cause. This growing community is still working to become a notable one on campus, but they have inspired me like no other.
Outside of the college chapter, I have the amazing chance to teach young women in a local high school about the government and the power of their own voices. Facilitating IGNITE programs is one of the most fulfilling things I have had the opportunity to do, because I get to see the results as these high school women grow bolder and more empowered throughout the year.
On all levels of IGNITE, from high school to staff, the environment is one of encouragement and love. Everyone supports each other, wants everyone they meet to reach their full potential and will do what they can to help each other succeed. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing organization that is making so much change in the world.
Every member of IGNITE I’ve met has challenged me to forget my qualms and run for office – not to further their agenda, but simply because they believe I can make a difference. I know that when I’m ready to do so, they will be with me every step of the way. I wouldn’t trade the feeling of love and support I get from IGNITE for the world.
- Madalyn Shircliff, President of the Texas Christian University chapter of IGNITE and IGNITE Program Facilitator at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth
Photo: Madalyn pictured with her IGNITE colleagues at the 2017 Dallas-Forth Worth facilitator training
IGNITE in the News
- Why Our Student Council Presidents Are Women But Our Politicians Are Not, Refinery29
- Women You Should Know: These Five Women Are All Running for Office in Texas in 2018, Amy Poehler’s SmartGirls
- Building Communities Beyond Political Divides, National Women’s Law Center
- Fight for the American ideals of equal representation and opportunity, Star Telegram
September 14 - Save the Date for North Texas Giving Day. Bookmark IGNITE’s campaign page and set a calendar alert to donate on 9/14/2017.
September 19 - Mobilize with IGNITE & The Schar School at GMU in Arlington, Virginia. The event is free but please let us know if you’ll join us.
September 21 - Austin, Texas, come learn about IGNITE at our reception at The University of Austin. Learn more.
September 26 - Help IGNITE and Rock the Vote register voters on National Voter Registration Day. Midterms are coming up soon and we need to mobilize to ensure elected office represents the diversity of America
November 5 - Madison Mobilizes with IGNITE at the Wisconsin Capitol Building. The event is free but please let us know if you’ll join us.
- Palter, Stokley and Sims for hosting the Texas Council retreat dinner
- Playoff-bound WNBA team the Dallas Wings for tickets for IGNITE participants to attend games
- The Battery in San Francisco for hosting the Making the Invisible Visible conversation with Anne Moses and Treasurer Rosie Rios
Donate to IGNITE
When you support IGNITE you are investing in the future generation of women political leaders. Here’s how your gift today supports young women’s political ambition:
$10 gives a girl the opportunity to have coffee with an elected and learn about her path to politics
$25 provides an hour of candidacy prep training for one young woman
$50 underwrites an IGNITE field trip to visit a local advocacy organization or an elected woman in her office
$100 supports one young woman to participate in IGNITE’s Regional Young Women’s Political Leadership conference
$250 sends two young women to participate in our regional IGNITE the Capitol day where they shadow a female legislator for the day
Thank you for reading!