I promised you I would share anything that is making me feel better after this horrible election but I have been remiss in sharing this conversation with a Mary Kay colleague. (BTW click here to read about why I think Mary Kay is the perfect side hustle for campaign people.) She reached out to me two days after the election and it was the first time I had felt uplifted since November 7th. I hope it makes you smile too.
NOV 10TH, 10:18PM
Molly: Out of curiosity, how did you get involved in campaigns? I'd love to get involved in Ohio and potentially run for a small office but not even sure how to start!!
Nancy: OMG you have no idea how much this made my day. You should definitely check out Emerge America. They do amazing trainings for women who want to run. What's your email?
Molly: Ok that is awesome!! I've always been huge into women's rights and equality and hate my job (hence the Mary Kay) but this election just brought out so much passion and excitement for me, I want to get involved in something I care so much about. My email is [redacted.]
Nancy: OMG Molly, I cannot even tell you how much I needed to hear this from somebody today.
Molly: I admire you so much - thank you for all of your work on Hillary's campaign!!
Nancy: Oh yeah, to answer your question I actually fell into working on campaigns...I took my first job bc I was applying to the CIA and I needed something to do during my security clearance and I fell in love w it and decided to do that instead and then a couple years ago I got my Master's in Gender and Social Policy.
Molly: Fascinating!!! I got my job bc I wanted to work for the FBI and needed 2 years of experience, wish I would have landed on the campaign trail instead lol
Nancy: OMG hahaha we are twins! Where do you work now?
Molly: [Company Redacted]I'm a Finance Director.
Nancy: That's awesome
Molly: It's awful and boring and I make no impact to anyone
Nancy: So starting out working on campaigns would...be a big pay cut, but the work is very rewarding
Molly: Totally get it - I'm hoping to cut back to 3 days a week after my maternity leave to focus on Mary Kay, I'd love to do something else that also empowers women.
Nancy: Yes!!! People think I'm nuts when I see the two jobs as related.
Molly: I totally do!!! I get it. It's all about empowering women to live their goals, regardless of how different those goals may be.
Nancy: I don't know if this is your thing, but I feel like Planned Parenthood is often hiring in OH.
Molly: Wow!!! What would I do?? That sounds exciting!
I'm terrified of what trump is going to try to do with Planned Parenthood.
Nancy: ME TOO. I have been like...catatonic since election day.
Molly: Ok I'm going to look at that!
Nancy: Their website is cool in that you can put in your skills and it sends you alerts when they have jobs that match.
Molly: I can only imagine how you feel - but know your efforts were not wasted - I feel so empowered now
And I know so many others that do too
Nancy: Dude that means...everything to meCan I ask you a weird, weird question? So I have a blog for campaign operatives that is read by like 3,000 ppl.
Nancy: And I have been struggling with something uplifting to share. Can I post this conversation, anonymously?
Molly: Of course! You can even put my name.
Nancy: That's awesome. Thank you.
Molly: You are truly inspiring, don't forget it!!!
Nancy: Dude YOU are. This is the first conversation that has made me feel like hope for my work is not lost in 3 days
Molly: Awww so happy I reached out, I wanted you to know what a huge impact you've made!!! Sometimes jobs are thankless but you are empowering and we are all ready to fight!!
Nancy: Thank you! And now you are going to be sick of me because I am going to keep sending you info on trainings to run for local office 🙂
Molly: No I want the help and appreciate it so much!!! My dream has always been to run for office.
Nancy: OMG we will make it a reality. I'm going to be your [Name of our mentor in Mary Kay] but for politics!
Molly: Ok!!!I'm getting goose bumps!