Mainstreet Women: Unpacking Main Street #2

Mainstreet Women Question #1: Tell me a little about where you live, your main street or what you consider main street to be. (Post 2 of 3) “My Main Street, where I thrive, is the village. I want Main Street to be a place where my daughter grows up knowing the mail person, the shop owners; a place where she is friends with the oldest neighbor and the youngest. That’s the Main Street I want and I’m tired of being so divided – I want us to reach out neighbor to neighbor.” (Stefani, MO)   I don’t know about you but I’ve been actively mindset shifting since Mainstreet Women shared their magic wand call for authentic dialogue, less divisiveness, and greater tolerance. Like Cindy in NJ said, “I’m an everyday Mainstreet Woman. I work, I pay my bills, I pay my taxes.” And, Mainstreet Women’s immense power (80-90% of consumer influence in our nation, 53% share of voters) opened my eyes to the fact that we can lead the change we want to see – not just in ourselves – in our nation. While our elected officials in DC made the rounds of Sunday pundit shows this morning to make sure we know it’s the other guy’s fault, I heard the fiscal cliff ticking time bomb on Main Street. What if … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women Manifesto for Tolerance: More Change We Want to See Happen – Congress

Main Street Question #9: If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the U.S. immediately, what would you change? (Post 2 of 2.) #2: MAINSTREET WOMEN CHANGE CONGRESS Mainstreet Women, you made clear that while you don't feel you currently have a strong voice, when given the chance you want to be heard as individuals. I promise to honor every one of your inspiring, insightful and hope-filled magic wand responses – you have my commitment that each of your voices will be shared with the world. But as I reported last week, one theme did rise to the top:  tolerance. We’re beginning to share with one another on our US Mainstreet Women Facebook page how WE can begin leading the change we want to see. Penny, CA wrote:  "I will listen more, speak less, but speak up when I need to," exemplifying how our ‘tolerance manifesto’ holds the promise for moving us and our nation back to a time when we could talk with one another fearlessly about our differing perspectives and remain friends. Change starts on Main Street, with us, and also:  Mainstreet Women want Congress to change. “I’d have a bipartisan Congress with the good of the country at heart. That would affect … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women: A Thankful for You Roll Call

I’m incredibly grateful this Thanksgiving for all you extraordinary women! As many of you said during our Mainstreet Women interviews, we’re the nation’s backbone, the glue that holds our country together. I was writing about you in my gratitude journal (yes, I promise I’m actually writing the book too) and thought I’d just shout-out my gratitude a little more directly! Thank you for being a part of Mainstreet Women:  Ali, Alicia, Alyson, Amie, Beth, Brenda, Christina, Cindy, Cyndi, Dana, Diane, Donna A, Donna I, Elaine, Elizabeth, Heidi, Jada, Jane L, Jane S, Janine, Jeannie, Jennifer, Jill, Julie, Karri, Kate K, Kate V, Kathy C, Kathy H, KC, Kris, Lisa B, Lisa M, Lisa W, Luz, Maggie, Marcia, Maria, Marjorie, Mary B, Mary L, Marybeth, Mary Dee, Michelle, Paula, Penny, Raina, Renata, Rossell, Stefani, Stephanie, & Uma.   We live in: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, … [Read more...]

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