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Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

From the President - Elaine TognerI

Elaine Togneri

“Lock her up,” the crowd at the Republican Convention shouts. Cameras capture the mob’s smiles and zealous passion as they repeat the refrain. The group includes women willing to betray one of their own. The disturbing words raise gooseflesh on my back and arms. Victorian men put away their wives for not fitting into the narrow role of housewife and mother. Any challenge to a husband’s authority formed a convenient excuse for hustling her off to an insane asylum. Republicans want to bring our country back. Is this the time they mean?

I get gooseflesh at the Democratic Convention too. But this time, it’s from voices announcing each state’s votes during the roll call. When they announce Hillary’s numbers, they add, “for the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.” We don’t have a cumulative total, but the words mean she is winning. Tears flow freely in the audience at this historic event. One woman delegate, one hundred and two years old, was alive to see women earn the right to vote. Her voice shakes with emotion as she casts ballots for Hillary. Welcome to the twenty-first century. 

As part of the Florida Delegation, Judy Noel and I attended the daily breakfasts and the convention sessions. We saw just about every famous Democratic politician there, including Nancy Peloski, Tim Kaine, Cory Booker. Everyone wanted to talk to battleground state Florida. Our state also had a great seating location at the Wells Fargo Arena. We were on the floor and to the far right of the stage when facing it. We went to parties and caucuses. We were scanned by the Secret Service and asked by journalists for interviews. What a wonderful, well-orchestrated convention. We didn’t think each new speaker could top the preceding one, but they did. We documented the experience on our Facebook pages. I hope you followed along.

Attending the convention was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and Judy and I would like to thank those of you who came out to elect us. I’m hoping for gooseflesh one more time on
Tuesday Nov. 8 and it better be that we finally have a female feminist president because the alternative is unfathomable.          

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

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"Well behaved women seldom make history."

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