I call Citizen Jane Politics "the Modern Girls' Guide to Picking the Leaders of the Free World" because that's exactly what it's designed to be. This is where you can find plain-English answers to where the candidates and elected officials really stand on issues. You can also find out when and where to vote, what all that political jargon means, and whether there's a debate next week that you might want to watch. Finally, you'll see politics through the eyes of women instead of just the eyes of men.
Having worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill for nine years and then as a political reporter, I can tell you we hear more men's voices in politics than women's because the guys speak up a lot more. They give their opinions. Instead of asking, "Why me?" before writing an op-ed or running for office, they say, "Why not me?"
I launched Citizen Jane Politics in 2007 because I saw a gap in political coverage that I wanted somebody to fill- a one-stop for busy women looking to learn more about politics, a site without a partisan agenda, and one that knows women are smart enough to make up their own minds once they have the facts. (With the occasional update on what Blake Lively is doing.) Citizen Jane Politics is here to fill that gap. We're independent, non-partisan and here for you.
Looking ahead to the elections, I don't care who you vote for, but I do want you to vote. I also hope you'll comment on our Facebook page when you have something to say or Tweet me @1patriciamurphy if you're not the commenting type. I hope our leaders are competent, qualified and up for the challenge and that the Kardashians are almost done doing whatever it is they do. Citizen Janes, the direction of the country is up to somebody– why not us?
Happy voting, Janes!
Patricia Murphy, Editor