NEXT GENERATION FORUM--Bringing Marginalized Women to the Forefront of Politics
December 5, 2008 posted by admin
Kyla Bender-Baird: What are your wildest dreams for Michelle Obama's four years in the White House? (What alternate title for her might you suggest instead of "First Lady"? What would you ideally like to see her role be?)
Jeanie Adkins: I envision her as a role model for this generation’s women, particularly women with identities that are marginalized (women of color, LBT women, etc.). She reminds me so much of Jackie Kennedy in her style, independence, love for the arts and culture, true appreciation for our nation’s diversity and commitment to a stronger America. Plus, as a First Lady, she is a wonderful representation of the modern American woman – she has come from a blue collar upbringing and has worked her way up, achieving much success. Honestly, I could see her running for office in the future…maybe even President (who knows?)!
KBB: What message would you like to send to Hillary Clinton, our next likely Secretary of State?
JA: That I admire her integrity throughout Obama’s presidential campaign as the Democratic nominee – she has shown class and genuine compassion and support for the Democratic party and our nation as a whole. I have faith in her to represent the US well in our foreign affairs and she is one tough cookie. :)
KBB: Who of your young feminist colleagues would you like to nominate for President in 2024?
JA: Ohh, perhaps Rachel Maddow. :) She’s sharp, no-nonsense, great sense of humor and I doubt she would ever crack under pressure. Plus, given that she has her own talk show, she is aware of the ins and outs of the media industry and would be smart in handling the media buzz during a political campaign.
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