What do women voters want from their presidential candidates? Community experts will explore this question and more during Tuesday’s exciting panel, “What Women Really Want From Their Candidates,” part of the new national discussion series America’s Civic Square in the Eastman Reading Garden at Cleveland Public Library’s Main Library.
Coinciding with next week’s Republican National Convention, America’s Civic Square will kick off on Monday, July 18 with a conversation about “Who Is Being Left Out of Cleveland’s Renaissance?” Following, on July 19, panelists will examine motivations and attitudes of women voters leading into this historic presidential election.
Speakers will include Margaret Mitchell, President & CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland; Susan Murnane, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland; and Daniel Ortiz, Outreach Coordinator at Policy Matters Ohio.
“I’m excited to be a part of Tuesday’s dialogue to discuss what women want from candidates for office,” says Ortiz. “Many of the women I know fight for well thought out policy solutions that improve their lives and the circumstance of those around them, but they deserve more candidates who step up to that challenge.”
Ortiz looks forward to exchanging ideas on how people can work together as advocates and allies in a push toward a more equitable and inclusive economy, one that functions for women and working families.
Margaret Mitchell of YWCA Greater Cleveland says she hopes audiences will walk away from Tuesday’s discussion invigorated by the commitment to vote and to get involved.
“It’s exciting to be able to have these conversations against the backdrop of the RNC,” Mitchell says. “For women voters, there are questions around gender pay gap and equity issues. We, as women, cannot sleep on the job. It’s important for us to continue to look at women engaging in the political process.”
Susan Murnane of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland echoes this sentiment. “We don’t support or oppose any candidate or political party but we encourage the participation of women in all aspects of the political process, including running for office, voting and public policy advocacy,” she says. “There is a lot at stake in this election and women have the right and the obligation to use their vote intelligently to influence the kind of democracy we will pass on to future generations.”
Tuesday’s discussion, “What Women Really Want From Their Candidates” will be followed by a panel about “Immigration in America” on Wednesday; on Thursday regional debate champions will take the stage to discuss news items making headlines. All events will take place at 12 pm (with the exception of Thursday’s event at 1pm) in the Eastman Reading Garden at Main Library.