I don’t usually stay up to watch party conventions – after all the end is a given, the commentary is tries to hard, and sometimes watching people give speeches in fronts of hundred of thousands of people can be downright painful – oops – a gaffe here, a stumble there. But I decided to turn into Michelle Obama’s speech – since, after all, she is growing on me.
She hit the right themes – a higher power, the American Dream, hard work, sacrifice, the ability to pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps. All in all, a pretty impressive speech – made all the more so by her poise, confidence, and her show of emotion speaking about the birth of her daughters. As she said,”He’s the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital 10 years ago this summer, inching along at a snail’s pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands.”
And after all – isn’t that how all of us, mothers & fathers feel?
Don’t forget to check out GirlMogul’s Future of the Free World T-shirts – the perfect gift for the next generation of leaders.
Just wanted to alert you the Eco Child’s Play site has a great write up of GirlMogul and is running a little contest – come up with your own t-shirt slogan. Please go on over and check out the post to find out more. It includes parts of an interview I did with Amy Jussel from The Shaping Youth Blog. Be sure to read the Eco Child’s Play story and leave your comments for a shirt idea!
We know one for sure, it won’t be a woman. But that’s ok, because this year the presidental race offers choice, excitement and diversity. But you might want to start prepping your GirlMogul for her generation’s run. Feel free to encourage her ambitions with one of our GirlMogul Future Leader of the Free World shirts — including the GirlMogul character teees.
Here’s our vote for the GirlMogul of the day – 12 year old Keiara Bell of Detroit. Keiara chastised a city council president for calling another politician “Shrek” (an apparent reference to the male politician’s baldness). Keiara’s point was that adults should treat each other better – that name calling is a second –grader activity. She’s right and her unscripted remarks have made her a local hero in Detroit where the local political climate has had its fair share of mudslinging. The article was in the Wall Street Journal – read it all here.
Keiara has since gotten invited back to City Council meetings an offer of a campaign manager – for when she’s ready to run for office. We hope she does – here’s our GirlMogul Future Leader of the Free World Shout out to Keiara Bell.
From the Wall Street Journal Article
DETROIT — When Monica Conyers, president pro tem of Detroit’s City Council, called the council president “Shrek” during an angry exchange at a hearing in April, one city resident found the remark immature.
“That’s something a second-grader would do,” says 13-year-old Keiara Bell.
During a panel discussion Ms. Conyers had with local schoolchildren two weeks after making the remark, Miss Bell admonished the 43-year-old Ms. Conyers for her behavior. The eighth-grader didn’t back down when the councilwoman engaged her in debate.