International Women's Day is March 8
In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, and this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange, Lisa McCormick said she wants more women to run for the state legislature, where the political establishment has demonstrated a shameful lack in equality, diversity and inclusion.
"International Women's Day celebrates our social, economic, cultural and political achievements," said McCormick. "Unfortunately the New Jersey political establishment has demonstrated a shameful lack in equality, diversity and inclusion in promoting Democratic candidates for the state legislature."
"I want to use this occasion to call on more women, more scientists and more people of color to seek election as lawmakers, because too many of the people in power now are merely placeholders and paper pushers," said McCormick. "They are not really fighting for women's rights, or Republican Gov. Chris Christie would not have been able to shut down six family planning clinics."
"They are not fighting for racial justice, or our schools would not be so bitterly segregated that 100,000 black children attend without ever sharing a classroom with a white student," said McCormick. "They are not fighting for the majority, or women would not be relegated to fewer than one of every four elected offices. While we take to the streets protesting to stop virulent hostility toward women exhibited by Donald Trump, too many of our sisters and daughters are victims of the quiet chauvinism that denies us a voice in government, fair wages in the workplace and protection from violent sexual predators."
McCormick challenged each of the other candidates for governor to speak out not only against the deeply flawed Republican Trump administration, but to directly address the failings within the Democratic political establishment.
"Justice for women is not going to be achieved by throwing stones at the deeply flawed Trump Republicans, who disregard everything from the opposition party with contempt, but we might be able to make progress by pointing out our own shortcomings and opportunities for improvement," said McCormick. "Be bold for change by running for the state legislature and talking about places where the Democratic political establishment can make a difference, because most men simply do not understand our feeling of constant vulnerability."
"In July 1994, Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered a little girl named Megan Kanka, whose parents were unaware that the known child molester with two previous convictions for sexual crimes moved to a house across the street from their family. Had they known, they might have been able to protect their 7 year old daughter from a gruesome death," said McCormick.
"As a result of Megan's death, President Clinton signed the federal Megan's Law which requires the release of information to protect the public so now in all 50 states, a paroled sex offender must register his residency with local authorities, and all but five states require some form of notification when one moves into a neighborhood," said McCormick.
"Of 15,000 registrants, the online registry operated by State Police listed fewer than 4,300 of them, so over 70 percent of Megan’s Law offenders in New Jersey don’t appear online," said McCormick. "Combined with the failure to solve 75 percent of reported crimes here -- including about half the murders -- New Jersey continues to leave women and children particularly vulnerable to violence and other injustice."
"Many women are subject to violence and abuse, they often lack education and now their fundamental rights are under attack," said McCormick. "Women are still frequently paid less, receive lower pensions and are less represented in top corporate posts and politics. Join our revolution on International Women's Day because while things may be moving in the right direction, we cannot say women and men are equal."
"Women represent the majority in low-paid jobs and in extreme poverty," said McCormick. "They earn less for doing the same work, struggle to access top positions and meet the responsibility for children in cases when men take off."
"To raise awareness about issues of gender equality, I will be putting the spotlight on the economic empowerment of women, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said McCormick. "Gender-sensitive policy making must assert freedom from violence and balance the pay gap. I am calling on women to run for elected office because we have a lot of work to do to clean up the mess made by a political system that excludes women to the point that it is 75 percent comprised of men."