Travels From: Washington, D.C.
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Political analyst Michelle Bernard brings audiences an in-depth look at some of today's most complex topics and distills multifaceted stories into a thought-provoking analysis. Whether the issue is politics, government or the economy, Bernard provides an up-to-the-minute look at the news shaping our times. She also provides thoughtful analysis on the role of race, gender and religion in electoral politics as well as the media’s role in shaping political campaigns. In this informative talk, Bernard helps audiences understand the prospects of the Obama Administration’s second term agenda in the face of a divided Congress. Taking an in-depth look at the challenges both political parties face in these fractious times, Bernard provides effective policy solutions that are needed to issues of both domestic and international importance.
After years of struggle, the feminist movement in the United States has made tremendous strides in advancing the causes of women around the world. But rather than stand for niche issues, Michelle Bernard argues that American women need to move beyond “the feminist ethos of victimhood” and recognize that ALL issues are women’s issues. In a speech based on her recent book, Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before, Bernard shows that the paradigm has shifted and that American women have made remarkable progress in today’s society. With astounding successes reached in business, politics and culture, Bernard makes the case that in the United States, the feminist movement needs to move more toward advancing issues that build strong families and communities — even a stronger nation — rather than relying on the feminist mantra of days past. In this compelling and informative speech, Bernard shows audiences:
· What the future holds for feminism, women, politics and public policy
· How the candidacies of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gov. Sarah Palin shed light on the differences between so-called mainstream feminism and the largely ignored free-market feminism embraced by many American women
· How many left-of-center “women leaders” often ignore the real problems facing American women today
· That the feminist movement has largely ignored the plight of women around the world, particularly those in Islamic countries, who do not enjoy the basic human rights and freedoms that American women enjoy, and that feminists must now focus on advocating for equality for women abroad
What do the election and presidency of Barack Obama mean for race relations in America and around the world? Has Obama’s advocacy of personal responsibility and stable families become a call to arms to minorities and people of color? And will Obama’s rise to power create a new generation of black leaders who transcend color barriers and traditional civil rights paradigms? While many analysts avoid issues of race, ethnicity and equality, Michelle Bernard addresses them head-on. As a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Jamaica, Bernard shares a unique vantage point on race, including her own rise to success. Smart, passionate and candid with her views, Bernard discusses:
· How education remains the great equalizer in American society and how Obama’s advocacy for better educational opportunities for minorities and all Americans is the ultimate prescription for achieving the American dream
· How the current generation of black leaders has redefined the American dream in a post–civil rights era
With experience, candor and conviction, Michelle Bernard is an outspoken voice on advancing democracy, economic liberty and human rights for people around the world.
Michelle Bernard has been on the front lines of the national political scene for over a decade. She puts that experience to work with her in-depth analysis of the issues and people in today's headlines on both the domestic and the global stage including a look at how the Obama Administration is working with a divided Congress and the long-term implications of gridlock in Washington. As a black right-of-center woman, Michelle Bernard rejects the labels, stereotypes and social constructs that are often attached to people in American society. Not one to shy away from her views, Bernard is a strong believer in independent thought and giving a voice to the principles of limited government, free markets and personal responsibility. Bernard is a political analyst for MSNBC, making regular appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews, and is a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. She was recently named to Newsmax's "Fast Tracker" list of the nation's top opinion leaders, is the author of Women's Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before and is a regular columnist for The Examiner.