Guest Post: Listen to Hawaii’s Women Leaders and Change-makers–and NINA TURNER for CONGRESS

Slightly edited and re-published with the kind permission of Gary Hooser.

Register here on Zoom for an exclusive virtual event featuring Nina Turner for Congress & 13 of Hawaii’s top progressive women candidates:

  • State Representative Tina Wildberger
  • Maui Councilmember Kelly King
  • State Rep. Candidate Shannon Matson
  • State Representative Jeanne Kapela
  • State Representative Amy Perruso
  • State Rep. Candidate Rebecca Gardner
  • Kauai Councilmember Felicia Cowden
  • State Rep. Candidate Kim Coco Iwamoto
  • State Senator Laura Acasio
  • Hawaii County Councilmember Heather Kimball
  • Maui Councilmember Tamara Paltin
  • Hawaii County Councilmember Rebecca Villegas
  • Maui Councilmember Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Listen to each of these women AND experience the amazing Nina Turner candidate for Congress

Listen to bold ideas and solutions, and how to take action in support of the change occurring now.

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Also related to Hawaii’s women in politics (and the need for more of them):

Here are details of the gender equity –or inequity– that currently exists among lawmakers currently serving in public office at the State and County level.

50% U.S. Senate: 1 woman, one man

0% U.S. House: 2 men

0% Governor and Lieutenant Governor: 2 men

36% State Senate: 9 women, 16 men – 25 total

31% State House of Representatives: 16 women, 35 men – 51 total

66% Maui Council: 6 women, 3 men – 9 total

55% Hawaii Council: 5 women, 4 men – 9 total

55% Honolulu Council: 5 women, 4 men – 9 total

14% Kauai Council: 1 woman, 6 men – 7 total

While Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaii County are setting a good example, governmental and political power in Hawaii remains firmly ensconced with men.

Historically and globally this has been the case, and look where that has gotten us. Our natural environment led by man-made climate change is on the verge of collapse. The chasm between the ultra-rich and those living in bushes and under bridges grows wider each day. Genocide, racism, mass incarceration, and endless war are so commonplace they barely make the news anymore.

Decision-making occurs through the lens of the decision-maker. White cisgender men view the world through an entirely different lens than that of women of color. People whose life experience is grounded in the privilege of wealth likewise see things differently than those who were born into poverty. Whether the lens is of one of class, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or other unique life circumstances – each individual makes decisions grounded in their own life experience.

Yes, many of us do our best to understand the perspective of others, to empathize, and attempt to make good and thoughtful decisions accordingly. But an uncomfortable truth is that unless we have walked in their shoes, we cannot truly understand, nor can we truly view the world in the same way as those who come from a wholly different place in life.

Every governing body whether elected or appointed, needs to reflect the community it’s responsible to represent. The best decision-making for the whole will come about only when a community’s diversity is represented in its governing institutions.

We need to elect more women to public office at all levels – Statewide. As stated so eloquently by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

At the present time, there seem to be no women interested in serving as Governor or Lieutenant Governor. Personally I would love to see a woman at the top of the ticket – a woman who understands and honors the history and culture of this place, who understands the true meaning of “the law of the splintered paddle,” and who puts the protection of the public trust first.

There is no shortage of highly qualified women already in leadership positions within the public, non-profit, and private sectors – and in the community at large.

The 2022 elections are right around the corner. Ballots will be placed into the mail for early Primary Election voting approximately one year from now.

Making that first step into the political arena can be daunting. Support from friends and family is hugely important. Money must be raised and countless doors knocked on. 

Remember: “As the prevailing voices in the public spotlight are predominantly men, stepping into the spotlight with the truth of who you are as a woman is political change.” ― Tabby Biddle, Find Your Voice: A Woman’s Call to Action

I write this today thinking all of the strong, caring, smart, and tenacious women I have been blessed to know and work with over the years. I think about their immense talent both present and future, I think about their strong internal compass and their incredible commitment to making positive change happen. And I think about how much better off the world would be if they were in charge.


Gary Hooser

Note: See Civil Beat Chad Blair: The Tales Of Two Hawaii Trailblazers – New books chronicle the lives and views of Pat Saiki and Mazie Hirono.

HOLD THE DATE! Sunday,June 27th 12:15pm – 1:30pm — Then, register here on Zoom for an exclusive virtual event featuring Nina Turner for Congress & 13 of Hawaii’s top progressive women candidates:Nina Turner, the oldest of seven children, grew up in a working-class family in Cleveland’s Lee-Harvard community. Her mother was a nurse’s aide, and her father was a truck driver. Experiencing the impact of income inequality firsthand, Turner took her first job at age 14 to help support her siblings and keep the family afloat. 
Turner made history in 2005 as the first African American woman to represent ward one on the Cleveland City Council, and again in 2008 as the first woman to serve as a state senator in Ohio’s 25th District. In the legislature, Turner repeatedly defended against attacks on women’s health care freedom and partnered with working families and organized labor to protect collective bargaining rights. As a champion for criminal justice reform, she led the effort to create Ohio’s first task force on police and community relations in the wake of tragic police killings in Ohio and across the country. 

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3 comments on “Guest Post: Listen to Hawaii’s Women Leaders and Change-makers–and NINA TURNER for CONGRESS
  1. I read this with rapt attention.  I wondered throughout, and I think that it should have been made clear up front, that Nina Turner is/will be running for the US Congress to represent a district (which district and where?) in Ohio.

  2. Thanks for reading, Bob. There is a click thru to Nina Turner’s campaign website early in the post that provides all the info you seek.”Listen to each of these women AND experience the amazing Nina Turner candidate for Congress.”

    Praying she wins. We need people like her in Congress.

    • Got it — thanks!  Agree, and will pray. 

      We need, surely, the Quartet-plus-plus-plus in government (sic) in order to turn around this tragically flawed/rent society (sic)….

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