I have recently been reading about Elizabeth Warren--I saw articles on her in Newsweek and in Time--and wow, I was impressed.
This, my friends, is what a female role model looks like. Smart, accomplished, interested in improving the world and in helping other people. She also professed to not being able to keep her mouth shut--especially when she sees what's wrong (hey--just like me!).
She is not--please pay attention here--a shopping mom without a purpose, consumed with consumerism and with the minutiae of life. No, she is trying to leave the world a better place, and she is using her life to make a serious difference.
So who is Elizabeth Warren? A Harvard professor, and now head of the Congressional Oversight Committee, which tracks how bailout funds are being used. She works with President Obama, and she is from the Midwest, and she is purported to believe that if you genuinely want to fix the economy, then you need to help the middle class.
Go, Elizabeth Warren!
According to Julia Baird's essay in the 3/22/10 Newsweek ("Voice of the Middle Class: Why Wall Street Hates Elizabeth Warren"), Warren found that "...more than half of all people who declare bankruptcy cite medical reasons."
I could have guessed that, but I'm glad she did the study. I hope more people listen to her. (
Warren went on to find (as Baird noted), "...bankruptcies shot up not because families were consuming excessively but because basic costs--housing, health, education--have soared since the 1970s."
Again, we are women on the same page; I have been thinking about exactly the same issues, and bemoaning the fact that the world--particularly the U.S.--grows increasingly expensive, and if we want to help young people and leave the world a better place, we need to make sure they can afford to live in the world we are leaving them.
Warren was quoted, "That's why I am there, in Washington. Because of my grandchildren."
I like the way she thinks; more people need to think like Elizabeth Warren...or just think about the future generations (rather than simply themselves) at all.