A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I got involved in the 2012 campaign and why I chose to throw a campaign house party.
As I started to plan the details of the party, I kept hearing a voice in the back of my head. Last week, I had the amazing privilege of seeing Gloria Steinem speak and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Among the words of wisdom given throughout the evening, she spoke about the 2012 campaign and the importance of voting. She said that as women, we must “vote out of self respect – vote for ourselves.”
These words have not only been a constant reminder of why I wanted to throw a house party, but have made me realize the goal of the party – and in turn how to accomplish it. I want everyone at my party to understand that we can’t just cast our own vote in November; we must also organize and get others to vote as well.
Once I decided the goal of my party, the next few steps were easy. I went to barackobama.com, and used the “Host an Event” tool to create my event and send out invitations.
I then had to make some decisions on the logistics of the party. I knew that I didn’t want my house party to look like any other, so I had to get creative in the planning process. At the event, we’ll play a few games like Obama Pictionary, enjoy some delicious food, and brainstorm ways we can get involved as a group. From handing out literature at farmer’s markets to registering young voters on college campuses, I’m hoping everyone will feel inspired to get involved.
With both my friends and my mom’s friends attending, it’ll be truly amazing for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together to support the re-election of Obama. And I can’t help thinking that Gloria would be proud.