One of the toughest thing for women who are out of the workforce for a while is find a new gig. My wife decided to stay home with the children. Who could doubt that decision? Who better to raise them than a University of Illinois College of Business graduate who was a top salesperson for Johnson and Johnson? Plus, she loved them. Sure, she sacrificed a career-and as a family we made a lot of sacrifices having her at home. But, it was totally worth it.
My wife tried a couple of jobs and then spoke with Sylvie Legere. Sylvie was starting a non-profit. However, the non-profit really feels like a startup. It began organically.
Women in Sylvie’s neighborhood were meeting to discuss policy. Both political parties weren’t talking to them. On one hand, the Democrats only talked in terms of being pro-abortion. On the flip side, Republicans were talking pro-life.
To be crude, they weren’t just vagina voters.
The women that were meeting were professionals or former professionals. They were college educated. Many had graduate degrees. They wanted to understand and talk about public policy and have a way to take action at home.
The Policy Circle was born.
The women in Wilmette had big time impact on some local issues. So much so, they turned the tide of the election. In Indianapolis, a similar thing was taking shape. It turns out nationwide there are a lot of women that are confronted with the same conundrum.
Where is a right of center group of women that I can discuss issues with-that isn’t talking about abortion or social issues?
My wife and her friend started a circle in Chicago. Lots and lots of women came. One of them remarked, “I am a totally connected woman and I have never met these people in my life. It’s really refreshing to be able to discuss things with women who are right of center.” You have to realize, it’s hard to come out of the closet in Chicago if you are right of center. You get discriminated against. That makes it doubly tougher for women.
The circles don’t endorse candidates. They are a non-profit, with 501(c)3 status. They do talk policy. They do get policy papers from academics and think tanks that come up with free market solutions to problems. They do put in time and actually prepare before they go to the circle and everyone in the circle has a voice. Sometimes, speakers present at circles. They don’t pay for speakers, so if you are thinking of trying to get a paid gig going around, it’s a non-starter.
Sylvie went on the radio the other day and talked about what they are doing. Here is the conversation. Hope you can go to their website and start a circle in your hometown. Women are making an impact across the country-and their voices are being heard. They are getting close to 50 circles formed around the country.
Really refreshing to see someone taking on hard problems using free markets to solve them. I am sick and tired of hearing that the government needs to solve it and more money needs to be thrown at problems. We have 50 years of data that shows it doesn’t work. If you feel like sending a donation to the Policy Circle to support their mission, you will have to contact them. They are just getting off the ground-so they are still building the structures they need to make things happen.