A new campaign calls on candidates to commit to diversifying their staff and cabinet positions. The call for action comes from Nasty Women New Mexico, a local activist group that both grew out of and flourished because of Donald Trump’s election.
Dubbed #Pledgeit, the group asks candidates to sign a commitment card agreeing to “hire a gender balanced staff, both in numbers and positions of power, and inclusive of people of color”.
The goal is to have political staff in New Mexico reflective of the diversity of our state, including members of our LGBTQ community.
Nasty Women New Mexico, includes Democratic women on a mission to change the current political system through their active participation in local elections. Their recent history has included work on political campaigns and endorsing candidates. The campaign represents the group’s move toward issue-based advocacy.
“You can’t look at #metoo without getting to #Pledgeit,” said Nasty Women NM founder Felice Garcia, “sexual assault in the workplace is about gender equality”.
When asked about their hopes for the outcome of the #Pledgeit campaign, representatives of Nasty Women insist the solution is in a cultural shift, one that should be taking place within our communities as well as the workplace.
So far, the group has either heard back or received a commitment from several candidates including:
Candidates for Senator
Candidates for Governor
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Candidates for Lt. Governor
Candidates for Congressional District 1
Patrick “Pat” Davis
Debra “Deb” Haaland
Damon P. Martinez
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Candidates for Congressional District 2
Angel Damian Peña
Xochitl Torres Small
Candidates for Auditor
Candidates for Land Commissioner
Stephanie Garcia Richard
Candidates for Secretary of State
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
The resulting impact of this budding movement, however, remains to be seen. Will candidates truly invest in New Mexico’s asset of diversity as they hire staff and make appointments to cabinet positions?
“We should all be watching” said Nasty Women’s Meta Hirschl.
*The National Organization for Women (NOW New Mexico) has endorsed this campaign. If you’re an organization seeking to endorse this campaign, or if you’re a candidate wanting to #Pledgeit, email nastywomenNM@gmail.com.