Nola FeMMES Do Your Part
As 2010 approaches us, it’s getting close to an important time in New Orleans future. One where one election will determine the next turn in recovery efforts and what will be the “NEW” New Orleans. The mayoral race is upon us and it is now time for the ladies of New Orleans to get involved.
Recently, I read a book called “Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women Change Everything”, by Marie C. Wilson. This book talks about the important role women must play in our world to create an effective change for the better. This made me think of how important it is for us Nola Femmes to do our part. The main roles I feel we can do right now are:
1. Be informed 2. Support each other. 3. Volunteer 4. Take a chance & make a difference.
Be Informed. You have to take advantage of the resources around you. Yes, there are many resources in this town for you to take advantage of, we must seek them out. If something is going on in your neighborhood, or you heard about a new law or new building on the radio or television, or maybe just want to find out what’s going on with local political races; Don’t just jump to conclusions, do your research so you can get the facts and be able to pass them on to others as well. Not only do we have to be informed, we have to make sure that those around us are informed about what’s going on in New Orleans. Hold neighborhood meetings, dinner nights, do what you need to make sure everyone knows the facts in order for them to make informed decisions on their future and the future of New Orleans.
Some Helping Resources to get you started
A. Google whatever you want to know.
B. Community Data Center
C. Nola Public Record
D. Good Nola News
E. New Orleans Tech.Net
F. City of New Orleans
G. Preservation Resource Center
H. New Orleans City Council
I. Reach out to local nonprofit organizations for information
Support Each Other. The only way for New Orleans to make a better N.O. is for us all to work together and support each other. All it takes is for you to care what your friend or your neighbor is doing and support them and encourage them to get involved to help make New Orleans better. Every small action contributes to the bigger picture.
Volunteer. Not only must we understand everything going on we must get involved. Now is a time like no other for us women to get more involved in what’s going on in the city. Take some time out and volunteer with local agencies for your favorite cause or even maybe something you want to know more about or get the word about. Volunteering is truly important to the recovery of this city. We must work together to continue to grow not only the infrastructure but the community. If you need a starting point try out Hands on New Orleans (http://handsonneworleans.org/AboutUs/index.php/projectcalendar1217.html_), many opportunities for you to volunteer in the city. Even think about helping out on campaigns of your favorite local politician.
Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~Clare Boothe Luce
Take A Chance & Making A Difference. We are living in important times. It’s now the time for ladies in this city to not only seek out decision making positions in local government and organizations, but also make a stand on what’s important and what we value. We must unite regardless of race and help each other create a new destiny for New Orleans. It is now time we work towards putting more women at the table and no longer leaving decisions up to the “good old boys club”. It is time for us! New Orleans own, Donna Brazille once said; “We have to hurry history, we can’t wait for men.” She is right we must not wait we must help and assist and be equal parties at the table. Former Governor Kathleen Blanco recently said “I was shy, but I have powerful thoughts”. It is now time to make our powerful thoughts heard. Let’s help create an New Orleans and a America with no limitations to what we all can do in our lifetime.
Shercole is a native New Orleanian, activist, consultant, avid Tweeter and high priestess of the positive. ;)
Her blogs and websites include Good Nola, Minority Weirdos, and SK Consulting and Ventures.