A little over a month ago, Brooke approached me about the research aspect of a publication project focused on political parity in our great state of Texas, as she reflected:
“You love data as much as, or probably way more than, I do. You’re involved in Texas politics
and you’ve got a fire under your ass to get things done.”
My response? “100% YES.”
She was right. My devotion to data reflects my desire to evaluate the complexity of individual stories that make up a culture. At the foundation of effective and long-lasting proposals is a deeply studied problem that is intrinsically understood.
Raymond Wolfinger, a political scientist and professor, once said, “The plural form of anecdote is data.” This quote explicably encapsulates what Brooke and I envision for the Lone Star Parity Project. Many times data and facts are presented solely as aggregated numbers, meant to generalize and identify overarching trends. While this remains important, the crux of the solution resides in the anecdotes of the people it affects. Every woman is a piece to the puzzle of politics in Texas, every experience as important as the other in contributing to overall parity.
We highlight the women behind the work. They may not always be on the front lines of democracy, but they work in some aspect for the betterment of Texas citizens. We promote the idea of a robust and colorful future, where the cross-section of the female experience is brilliant with multiplicity. Diversity of experience breeds diversity of thought, leading to the best ideas from the collective. Only once we incorporate all perspectives can we conceive the best outcome.
Founder & Research Director