Why Isn’t Oprah Invited to the Cookout Anymore?

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1000% not being sarcastic. I really do want to know. All the overnight keyboard activists, unofficial/self-proclaimed political analysts, hashtag warriors, and social media senators have me wondering when it was decided that her invitation to the cookout was revoked.

Side note: Karen Hunter brought up a good point this week:

The only requirements for someone to run for President of the United States are: you must be a natural born citizen, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years old or older.

But literally every time I log onto Facebook, yet another person (who is probably not even qualified for the job they sit at every day, typing Facebook statuses) has bullet points and manifestos about someone who has not announced any official plans to run for office but has every “right” to…

I would like to see this same energy from the “Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Committee of Government Affairs” (…and reality TV) to find the woman that they do think is viable female candidate for President.


“Post” the same daily commentary about her accomplishments, the sustainable changes she has made in her community, her stance on foreign policy, immigration, unemployment, poverty, environmental, education, and tax reform.

But don’t stop there. Find out what else you can do besides “post” to make sure that this more qualified woman is given exposure on your newsfeed instead of Oprah. Volunteer to help this woman organize various community development efforts, donate money to a cause she is leading.

If she decides to run for office, make sure you are first in line to help with neighborhood canvassing, phone banks, town halls. *Have your phone ready at all times to snap a selfie to make sure you notify the rest of the “Committee on Who is Qualified” of your valiant effort.*

You don’t have to stop there! Maybe even consider if YOU should be next in line to lead on the other side of the keyboard. Figure out what you are passionate about, find a few other people who share that interest and build something that is not only making a valuable contribution to society but quite possibly a better use of your time. Be proactive in 2018. Use your time to lift up the women who have produced results, changed lives, and inspired other women to do the same. If Oprah is not your candidate for the first woman president of the United States. Find out who is and support her on and offline. Start here.

Founded in 2011, She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 that provides an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run for office and for those who support them. Our mission is to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the United States by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities for aspiring political leaders.  We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership. We know that when women run for office they win at the same rates as men. Yet women are not encouraged and recruited at the same rate as men.


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