Most of the women at the Smart Girl Summit of 2011, who came together in St. Louis last weekend, became involved in politics because of a common experience. Most will tell you, they experienced some kind of political awakening that they felt betrayed them personally or the future of their children, and that’s what woke them up to the realities of the current political climate. That’s what happened to Stacy Mott and that’s what motivated her to start Smart Girl Politics.
Mott, a (former) registered democrat, admits she was, more or less, apolitical and disengaged from the governmental and bureaucratic culture. She voted for Clinton, but she remembers the first shift of political focus during 9/11. She stated, “I had never volunteered for anything. I had always voted but that was literally the extent of my involvement in politics until 2008.” As the years passed and she was living life as a stay-at-home mother of three, it all came together for her during the 2008 elections. In researching political candidates she became engaged in blogging and thus Smart Girl Politics was born.
Her personal blog started as a plea to women to encourage involvement and share their concerns. She took the blogging experience and engaged women from all over the country to become involved in a variety of activities and groups who share knowledge and information. In the first week she received 65 responses. In just under three years, she now reports over 45,000 members with 25 state coordinators, a yearly member’s conference and an online magazine: Smart Girl Nation which features conservative female writers and other conservative women who may not be making mainstream headlines, but are making a difference in their communities. Also, part of the SGP offering is online classes to help members become involved in the processes of changing government. After a short vacation, as the conference concludes, SGP will launch a voter registration initiative and Smart Girl Town Hall, in the fall, which will be an online chat with conservative authors, TV personalities, members of congress and candidates.
With an all star conservative line up of guests and speakers at SGS11, perhaps Andrew Brietbart summed it up best when he said, “There aren’t that many men who aren’t afraid of the cameras and the mainstream media and of political power and so ultimately what I think has happened is the women have said, ‘The hell with it If your not gonna save the country were gonna save it for you.’” Many of the summit’s speakers, such as Herman Cain, Daneen Borelli, Phyllis Schlafly, Jamie Ratdke, echoed those sentiments in one form or another. Women are making a difference in changing the state of affairs in American politics because they care about the furure.
As they look ahead to future conference planning a future destination has not been determined. They are ever mindful of the economy and their concerns come down to providing members with a meaningful experience at an affordable price. While Missouri holds great support for SGP, as a small, non-profit organization it was difficult working to keep costs down in a non-right to work state, where prices were influenced by union regulation.
“It just impacts a small non-profit. It’s not a huge union issue. That’s not what we’re about. Unfortunately we have to go where it is cost effective for us.”
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