American women have carried every presidential election since 1964. We have profound influence on our families, churches, and communities. Women now receive the majority of college degrees in the US, going on to own 9.1 million businesses and employ 7.9 million people. We have First Amendment freedoms and secured rights that women around the world long for—and we have the responsibility to steward them well, especially during a confusing election year.
For the sake our generation and those to follow, we must lead by bring civility and common sense back to the public square. And yet, many women feel ill equipped to have tough conversations around controversial issues and policy platforms. Women talk about politics less often than men do and are less likely to say they enjoy it, according to Pew Research.
For women, politics comes up when they talk with their parents or their kids, but we don’t have to avoid these hot topics at our playgrounds, neighborhood cookouts, girls nights out, and classrooms very often. In these places, we as conservatives and liberals have a chance to model a way forward with respectful conversation and understanding.
As an advocate for women, families, and life issues, I’ve found myself in countless situations—both professionally and personally—where I had to make my case to people starkly on the other side. Sometimes, I know I’m the only one in the room with a certain conviction. But I believe it’s our call as women and as Christians to let our voices be heard. Here are six pieces of advice for preparing to talk politics, based on what I’ve learned over my career.
1. Pray Up
For Christians, prayer should be our first step in any endeavor. It helps us check ...1
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