MajoriTea party planned for election day.
November 8, 2012
Opinions and voices on politics will be welcomed from women Tuesday in Nevada City as part of the "MajoriTea" party.
Elisa Parker of See Jane Do and former Nevada City mayor and councilwoman Reinette Senum say they are inviting women to bring their voices to the table and stories to the streets for a free afternoon tea, no matter how election day turns out Tuesday,
The duo will be hosting the MajoriTea party at the Commercial Street Boardwalk in downtown Nevada City. Live music, tea, coffee and finger foods will be provided, and women of all ages are invited.
"If anything has been learned in the lasts four years, it's that women are going to have to step it up," Parker said. "Women consist of 51 percent of the population, but you wouldn't know that by looking at the ratio of men versus women in the political arena."
Today, women hold 90, or 16.8 percent, of the 535 seats in the US Congress — 17, or 17 percent, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8 percent, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.
Both Parker and Senum say you don't always have to run for a political office to affect change and that there are other everyday, simple but powerful things a person can do to make a positive difference.
"Women's voices aren't being heard," Senum said. "But there is another way to go about this, and that's what we're going to discuss at the MajoriTea."
The afternoon tea is a public event to honor and reflect on the role of women in community and to bring a sense of connection and togetherness.
"We don't want to give it away," added Senum, "but at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m, we will be launching a simple but powerful campaign to involve women in rebuilding community.
— The Union staff