“Women are underrepresented at all levels in the 500,000+ elected offices across the U.S. according to She Should Run (SSR) which aims to change the face of government in America at every level.
I spent this year as an ambassador of this nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes leadership and encourages women from all walks of life to run for office. I was drawn to SSR by the work they are doing and their vision of seeing 250,000 women run for office by 2030.
They inspired me to help use my platform to help women consider running for office. I believe in the work they’re doing in society to become a better place for everyone.
We know politics is mostly male-dominated so it was my honor and duty to encourage more women to lead.
She Should Run has many programs that provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities.
They believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership. I wanted to be a part of an organization that sees me and women who look like me.
I’m proud that my time at SSR had the potential to help encourage and recruit women into leading positions. I believe in dismantling old tired beliefs about who should be in politics.
We all know representation matters so my work will not end. I will continue to help recognize and amplify the importance of women in leadership and where women can thrive.
I took a pledge to She Should Run and their initiatives that support, advance, retain women running for office. I believe it is the right thing to do.
As a mom of 4 (2 girls) I practice what I preach. Kids need to see action and I want them to see from a very young age, that mommy believes in them and should be encouraged to pursue a career in any area that want, even politics.
If there isn’t an open door, create one. In 2018, Tatiana DiLanzo compiled and listed a number of actual improvements occurred under women’s administration, stating that:
Evidence suggests that when women are elected to political positions, they make a difference for girls and women and strongly impact legislation. In many cases, women are more likely to pursue inclusive policies and respond to constituent concerns; they tend to push for positive change around health, community wellbeing, poverty reduction, and family welfare, and are more likely to strive to reach a consensus on policies.
I share with my children that women are as capable as men and recognizing that current systems have to change so that our society can be more inclusive is imperative. Those in power should include diverse perspectives.
Although my time at She Should Run has come to an end, I will continue to share the fight and continue their important work. Data like this from their website:
When more women run…
More women lead: As more and more She Should Run Incubator graduates become elected officials at all levels of office, they become role models to girls and young women; normalize women’s leadership, changing the culture of women in politics; and amplify the need for gender parity in office.
More voices will be heard and more challenges met: By encouraging more women to run, She Should Run is building a more effective and representative government that can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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