This semester, NeW at UF has profiled the policy positions of each
candidate at our meetings. Our goal is to provide an unbiased look at
the issues alone, helping our members to become educated on the
candidates beyond what they hear on the news. Our members have really
responded well to this education, and many have commented on how
helpful the information has been to them. We want the women in our
group to know precisely why we are conservative, and how this affects
our voting decisions.
Since it was working internally, we decided to extend it to the campus
by distributing a summary of our findings on “Vote Smart” flyers. We
compiled a comparison sheet of the policy positions of McCain and Obama
on issues of the War, Health Care, the Economy, and Education. I had
one girl come up to me later in the afternoon to tell me that she had
already received and read the flyer, and though she was extremely
liberal and knew we were conservative, she appreciated how unbiased the
information was. Mission accomplished! We had successfully publicized
for our group, helped to educate students to make an informed decision,
and were recognized on campus for being above partisanship. Isn’t the
purpose and mission of NeW so great?!?!
Julie McCay, our Secretary, and I stand all smiles to flyer with our awesome NeW shirts!