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Accomplishments and Challenges Discussed at Women’s Political Committee Luncheon

Annual Event Features Speeches on Reproductive Rights, Violence Against Women, and Gender Equality


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“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Such was the message espoused — via an African proverb — by feminist Kate Karpilow on March 7 at the annual Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee luncheon. Karpilow headlined a string of speeches that echoed that notion, with remarks from Rep. Lois Capps, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf.

Held at the Montecito County Club, the 13th annual event also drew, among others, 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr, Goleta City Councilmember Paula Perotte, Goleta Planning Commissioner Meg West, Santa Barbara School Board member Monique Limon, and Susan Rose, a former county supervisor and one of the founding members of the committee. Guests dined on spinach salads and lemon bars.

“Every official knows to show up here,” Capps said, including the “few brave men” such as 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Santa Barbara City Councilmember Gregg Hart who attended. Despite some of the “good men elected,” Capps said the need for groups like the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee remains. “We still have some work to do,” she said, adding that women must stay “ever-vigilant but ever-rejoicing.”

Jackson also spoke, kicking off her comments by lambasting the “right-wing wackos in Washington” while championing state efforts to raise the minimum wage, increase reproductive-rights access, and expand family leave policies. Still, Jackson said, more women are needed on top companies’ boards of directors to ensure that female-friendly policies are available to employees.

Wolf, who is fighting to keep her spot on the dais from Goleta City Councilmember Roger Aceves, thanked the committee for endorsing her not only when she ran for supervisor in 2006 and 2010 but also when she ran for the Goleta School Board many years ago. She called her supervisorial seat “a very important one” on the board and said she will need money to hold onto it. (Although the next campaign figures won’t be released until the end of the month, the political committee for the Service Employees International Union recently added $40,000 to Wolf’s coffers, bringing her fundraising total to about $150,000; Aceves garnered about $106,000 in 2013.)

After being introduced by Rose — who said Santa Barbara is “a community where women in public office are the norm, not the exception” — Karpilow, whose titles include founder and director of the Women’s Policy Summit and executive director of the state’s Center for Research on Women and Families, dove into her speech. She said she originally titled the “Seven Steps to Building a Stronger Women’s Movement” but said she had to change to “Ten Steps.”

She first spoke of what she called her string of “what the heck is happening?” experiences that made her see how women and girls were being overlooked statewide, with “gender as an afterthought.” Her talk was rich in numerical lists. She talked about what she sees as the six challenges to the women’s movement going forward, including funding, leadership, and a generational shift.

How to address those challenges came in her titular 10 steps. Harsher priorities, Karpilow said, are needed to address women’s issues at the state legislative level, as is holding elected officials more accountable to supporting women’s issues. Some existing women’s organizations, she continued, need to be willing “to press the refresh button” if their message isn’t working, as getting younger women involved in the movement — while keeping the “seasoned” women involved too — is crucial to its future. She also called for more “feminist fathers” and male participation in women’s issues.

The data showing higher numbers of women in poverty, low wages for female workers, a general cultural acceptance of violence against women, and minimal top corporations’ lack of females in power, Karpilow said are red flags and “a call to action.”

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Thank goodness there is a Men's luncheon like this one for women - where people can ask and discuss about:

1. How men live shorter lives than women.
2. How spending on women's health care is 35% higher than men's
3. How women dominate safer more secure job categories like teaching, government, jobs, etc. than men.
4. How women have lower unemployment rates than men.
5. How women are graduating high school and college at much higher rates than men.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All the usual cast of charecters...
This group/meeting is like a boys-only club meeting in a clubhouse but with a much slicker agenda.

A few points to ponder:
1. After being elected Supervisor, the question was brought to Rose inquiring how she felt about the fact that the Grand Jury had recommended changes be made to the Planning Commission. She responded that she didn't know enough about the subject matter to comment. (Really?)

2. Hannah-Beth Jackso was on the Paul Berenson show in 2007 explaining how "all things being equal" we should support Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination because 51% of the people in the U.S. are female and as such, a woman president would be apropos. In that same show, she had been saying how she was opposed to the war in Iraq. I called in and pointed out that it would make more sense to support Dennis Kucinich for the Democratic Party nomination because (unlike Clinton) he was opposed to the war. Her response? She nixed the idea because in her view, Kucinich had no chance of winning if he were nominated.

3: Lois Capps: "Progressive"...
Supports the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. Enough said.

These people I've mentioned are NOT about your rights, they are also not about gender harmony, they are about us-vs.-them. They also ignore the fact that while they are raising money for their cause, the area where they live has housing prices so high that working-class people cannot live a decent life. Working-class PEOPLE--not "men" "women" or "The Children" but each and every one of us. They roll in the money at their chi-chi meetings, seminars, and luncheons, dividing us, throwing Red Herrings, while the masses can eat cake.

This is all about people trying to make themselves indispensible and justify their user-friendly, high-paying jobs.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2014 at 7:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

1 Biology
2 They produce new Homo Sapien Sapiens
3 They make 20% less than men
4 They are harder workers
5 See #4 above

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Dr. Herschel (Hershey) Bar-Greenspan, it goes like this:

1.Biology
2. Chemistry
3. Math
4. English
(lunch break from 11:55 to 12:45)
5. Foreign language elective. (Usually Spanish, French, German, or Italian)
6. P.E. (Physical Education)
Then...you get free.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
March 15, 2014 at 6:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, I am really outraged at what Susan Rose said in 1999 and what Hannah Beth Jackson said in 2007.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2014 at 1:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good, John_Adams! Me, too! Outraged!! But I am waiting for the lunch (not luncheon, a ladies thang) at the SB Men's Political Committee; perhaps Helene Schneider and Cathy Murillo will be brave enough to attend that one?

Ooops. I don't think there is a SBMPC; it would be considered sexist and discriminatory.

at_large (anonymous profile)
March 16, 2014 at 9:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Poor JA, you think you're making points with them while they laugh at you.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 17, 2014 at 12:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The real issue is that California is becoming increasingly inhospitable to the working-class these "progressives" claim to represent while they keep raking in money hand-over-fist.

It would be interesting to see how much they get paid while they distract us from the real issues of basic survival.

Rest assured, Karpilow and the rest are probably making more than those waiting on tables and picking strawberries.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2014 at 2:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm wondering, are you really a sea lion, or perhaps....a sea monkey?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

Nonetheless, these monkey women need to be balanced with a monkey man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eCfrP...

By the way billclausen, that was such a sweet diatribe on your part, that I could go into a diabetic coma.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2014 at 6:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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