Keynote Speaker Secretary of State Elaine Marshall inspires with speech at WEMR on 8/28/15
We had the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and talking about what women still need. Who better to keynote this event than Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, the first woman elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina history.
We have the whole SOS Elaine Marshall keynote speech including comments on Susan B. Anthony, NC’s own Lillian Exum Clement and Secretary Marshall herself.
Secretary Marshall said she had a “double whammy” as a rural woman.
“I came from a place no one ever heard of, and, I came from the gender that no one ever listened to.”
Later in the speech, she points out the following.
“Our State’s most powerful political institution is heavily male dominated in terms of both numbers and in its leadership. Neither of our legislative chambers in North Carolina is even one-quarter female! Does it matter? Yes!“
- When male lawmakers have more women working next to them, things will get better for all women.
- When the media has to cover more women in public life—in a serious way—things will get better for all women.
- When young boys and girls grow up in a society where they see women working in positions of power, things will get better for everyone.
“So, in 2016 and beyond, use the power to speak out and to vote that Susan B. Anthony and Lillian Exum Clement and millions of other women have sent through history to reach you today.”
Vote, turn your votes into your voice, and don’t accept anything less than Equality and Justice for all!
Enjoy reading the speech at SOSElaineMarshallSpch.shorter.WED 8-28-15.
You can get a real feel for the whole event (from gathering at the courthouse to the end of the rally) watching this great video by Fusion Films/Eric Preston at https://vimeo.com/138738428