Spring has sprung! And other good things …

Really? It’s Tuesday again? Already? I was hoping Daylight Saving Time would fool me into thinking I had more time for everything. Just. Not. Happening.

Never mind! It’s the first day of spring and that’s always good news.

Before I introduce today’s guest, website founder Kathy Scott, (already known by many of you, I’m sure) here are two important quick bits of info.

First, Calgary author Steena Holmes’ gripping novel Finding Emma has just been released on Amazon. Hurry on over to order your copy! Proceeds are being donated to the Missing Children’s Society of Canada.

Second, the guest speaker at our monthly Writers & Editors Network meeting on Saturday was Ian Hamilton, author of the hot new Ava Lee thriller series. This looks like the next big thing in the mystery/detective genre and Hamilton’s personal story is a good one so click on the link and check out his website.

OMG! I just noticed my good friend Bridgette Booth has invited me to her blog for a fab brunch today. I thought it was tomorrow! See what I mean? WAY too much going on here … but it’s all good, good, good! So when you finish up here, please pop on over to Bridgette’s blog and join us. If the party is with Bridgette, you are guaranteed it’s going to be fun, delicious, and full of surprises – whatever it is! See you there!

And now … heeeeeeeeeere’s Kathy!

Kathy Scott is the award-winning creator of Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That’s Who! and the Women’s Party of America. She has published more than 100 articles in various business magazines and newspapers. Her focus on women’s issues has earned her accolades from many organizations and she is currently working with Moms Clean Air Force, advocating limits on poisonous chemicals released by coal and power plants.

Kathy has spent the past two decades working in public relations and marketing and, as well as maintaining her very active website, presently serves as head of public relations and social media strategist for a B2B media company. She is a member of the Atlanta Press Club and has served on the boards of several local charities.

Kathy, welcome! Would you tell our readers how the idea developed for this website? I think it’s a great story and demonstrates how you found an innovative solution to a problem which in turn became a site that is helpful for everyone.

I was on the board of a local botanical garden, which at the time had 5 members, and was asked to head up their fundraising and membership efforts. As I began building membership levels and crafting fundraising programs, the man that oversaw the gardens would get irate and send me emails like, “Adhere to the chain of command.” He was a bully and he had the ear and support of the local city councilman that oversaw the property (which was owned by the city).

I started an email campaign and noticed that my sorority sisters and girlfriends were always willing to send emails and post info. I thought about the concept and created a Facebook page where women could post issues of concern, stories, petitions, etc.

The year we started, teachers in Florida were under fire and a movement by government wanted to tie their salaries to children’s grades, which would have hurt the kids. We got involved and provided information. The governor later vetoed the bill. One GIRLFRIEND posted, ‘we need to tie the politician’s salaries to performance of their district.’ I loved that.

I recall you telling me that the “bully” at one point challenged you asking “You and who else?” when you said you would continue to defend your position and that’s how the name of your website came to be. I love that story!

The number of followers of the website is growing rapidly. What has been the most difficult aspect of building such a powerful voice for women?

Not all women want a voice. Even with the recent issue of Rush Limbaugh’s comments, some women were posting praise for him. Other times, women really go after vocal women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman. I don’t agree with either of their politics, but when Bachman won the Iowa straw poll, that was a big deal for women. In fact, one of my favorite quotes by Maureen Reagan is, “I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.”

Also, women who are powerful politically follow the party line. For the Women’s Party of America, our motto is: Women First. Party Second.

What are your goals for the future of this site?

I would like to add more interaction to the website and get more involved with other organizations.

I am also working on starting a non-profit called ‘1-3 Just for Me.’ The idea is to try to get girls to spend the first 13 years working on themselves. So many have boyfriends in elementary school! I have a daughter and I see how so many judge themselves by the boys who like them.I have encouraged her girl friendships.

My mother was from County Cork, Ireland and my grandmother was French Canadian and German. I come from a long line of strong women who speak their mind. You can’t control your children, but you can let them know where you stand, and I think that’s important for them. I know it was for me.

Thanks for dropping by Kathy, and continued good luck! I always look forward to seeing what issues your website is highlighting. Keep up the great work.

Who has your back? Have you ever mobilized a group of people to fight for a specific issue? How did it go? Take a minute to tell us about it in the comment section below.

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website www.patriciasandsauthor.com She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

15 thoughts on “Spring has sprung! And other good things …

  1. Amazing post. I love reading about powerful women who empower women around them. So incredible.
    I’ve been involved in a number of fundraising activities for local organizations and for people in need in my community. The power and awesomeness of watching groups of people band together to help or enable another is inspiring and takes your breath away. There is nothing more rewarding than being a part of that!

  2. Another thought-provoking post, Patricia. Thanks! I am completely on board with Kathy about the 13 years of focus on girls building character inside themselves and building friendships with girls. One reason we don’t encourage our girls to date until their mid-teens is so they have time to establish who THEY are away from a boy. We talk to our daughters a lot about having an identity that doesn’t involve a boyfriend. We feel that it grounds them in their opinions and avoids them losing themselves into a relationship. Okay, off my platform.

    So glad you are over at my blog today enjoying brunch. (You know, it’s 10:00 am somewhere in the world.) lol. See you again on Thursday.

    1. Thanks Bridgette! You and Kathy are so right about teenage girls and how beneficial it is to encourage them to establish their own identity before have boyfriends.
      Thanks for the great brunch party!

  3. Wow, this really hit me: “In fact, one of my favorite quotes by Maureen Reagan is, “I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.” Thanks for introducing us to Kathy!

  4. Wow, I love Patricia’s community. It’s easy to see why the Bridge Club is so well written and why we love it. She is truly a GIRLFRIEND in every sense of the word. I appreciate all the nice comments and special thanks Patricia profiling 1000 GIRLFRIENDS. I’m going to post this link on my daughter’s Facebook page. I love when she sees women empowering each other. Thanks, again.

    Sending lots of GIRLFRIEND LOVE,
    Kathy

    1. It was my pleasure having you here, Kathy. Following your website is a “must” for me and I hope many new readers will join as a result of this post. The number of comments don’t in any way signify the number of hits and yesterday was a busy day for those. Keep on doing what you do, girlfriend!

  5. Another awe-inspiring post. I just love the fact that when the bully was up in her business, she didn’t back down and instead pulled together her friends and got stronger. Women are amazing creatures and we have so much power within the confines of our flesh. It’s finding that spark that ignites us and then keeping the flame burning, that’s what we need to do. Women like Kathy are that touch of ignition and I’m so pleased you’ve introduced her to us! This is definitely a group I’m going to check out. Thanks again for being awesome, Patricia. Love you!

  6. I agree with Tameri – thanks for being awesome, both you, Patricia, and Kathy! Cool to hear about the Facebook origins here… As we’ve seen all over the world, social media offers such an opportunity to be active participants and mobilize around the issues that concern us. That’s an amazing, powerful gift, one that I certainly don’t want to pass up, and I appreciate seeing other people make use of our ever-increasing platforms. Thanks, Patricia, for sharing your platform for the cause here. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by! What a lovely surprise to find you here. Would you be interested in being featured on my blog at some point? As I’ve mentioned to you before, I think your story is intriguing and such an important example of a slice of life about which most of us have no idea. I know you are getting ready to head out but when you have some time, let’s talk.

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