05 November 2008

Sara K. Gould Comments on Historic Election

We join you in celebration of an historic moment in our nation - the election of Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States! The American electorate’s embrace of a vision that calls to all to renew our democracy, and lifts up the participation of women and men who live now at the margins of our society, is a moment of enormous hope and possibility for us all.

It is also a moment for bold action. All of us who seek change that prioritizes racial, economic and gender justice must redouble our efforts at building powerful constituencies capable of holding our elected leaders accountable. We must join diverse constituencies together, creating new – and renewing old – connections across issues, movements, geography and levels of activity.

In particular, this moment holds great promise for making strong and strategic connections between women’s and other social justice organizing.

These new connections will raise the voices, vision and visibility of women leaders in low-income communities and communities of color. We know that when women who now face exclusion based on race, class and gender truly gain access and agency in our society, solutions to pressing problems will emerge that benefit not only women, but all people, families and communities.

Thank you all for everything you do to create a better world for us all.

Sara K. Gould
President and CEO
Ms. Foundation for Women

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