The Women's Political Primer: Part I
P erhaps you were lucky in high school and your civics teacher kept that cumbersome, dated textbook locked in a forgotten closet. Perhaps she or he had students spend class time scrutinizing current events as case studies of the larger political system. After all, what use is memorizing the three branches of government if you can't visualize how each affects people's lives?
The next two chapters examine the real world political system in the United States. In this chapter, we explore three of the four power players of our system: the government, the corporate sector, and the media. Each player is portrayed broadly, followed by a description of access points which activists can use to confront, unmask, or gain accountability. Chapter four depicts the fourth bastion of power in our political system: citizen activism. Many components of the citizen activist sector