I'm not cool with a history-making representation gap.
But, how do we close it?
Donald Trump’s own website states a promise to “change Washington, D.C. that will start with identifying and recruiting the finest men and women from across the country to serve in his Administration.”
For those interested in helping him Make America Great Again, he's actually started taking applications here.
Let’s take him up on that. (Yep, you read that right.) Let’s flood the system with our resumés so we can fill the government with our diverse perspectives.
What kinds of jobs are available?
According to the Office of Personnel Management, besides selecting his closest advisors, the President will make about 2,299 appointments without Senate approval. These “non-career positions” are the ones we everyday Americans can fill.
Some of these will give us a voice at federal bodies like the Department of Energy, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services. And even more are within important, independent agencies like the EPA, the Peace Corps, the Tennessee Valley Authority, NASA, NOAA and the Commission on Civil Rights.
For a rundown of every single plum position the administration has to offer, check out the Plum Book.
Do I have to live near D.C. to get involved?
Nope. While a majority of the vacancies are located in the capital, others are for positions in regional field offices or headquarters located across the country. The Railroad Retirement Board is in Illinois, the Farm-to-School Program is in Oregon, and The Offices of Tribal Affairs and Navajo Indian Relocation are in Arizona, for example.
Do you really think this’ll work?
Activism isn’t just in showing up on the streets on one day. It’s in showing up in conference rooms against people like Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's, Jr.–maker of burgers and infamously sexist advertising–and now, Trump's pick for Secretary of Labor.
In his role, Puzder will be overseeing the Women's Bureau. So get fired up at the Women’s March, if you will, but follow through by filling out this application. That's the only way this works.
Is this just a girl thing?
We think it’s nuts that in a country with a mostly-female population–one in which 43% of women voted to put Donald Trump into office–nowhere near that percentage will have a seat at the governmental table. But we’re equally disturbed by the fact that our government doesn’t represent the (gay, black, immigrant…) people it serves.
So, no, it’s not a girl thing. It’s an American thing.
If each of us becomes more engaged in our political system, we can get back to a nation that's for the people, by the people.
You know, we can actually make America great again.
So what are you waiting for?
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