Monday, April 24, 2017

Surge in Women Running for Office

Metamora Herald business woman


Since the election of Donald Trump, more female citizens are becoming involved in politics locally. There has been a surge in the normal percentage of female applicants for elected positions. They are also winning many of these seats. From school board elections to county board elections, more women are running for office. There are a few organizations that can help you get started on your life in public service.

One dedicated organization in the USA is emergeamerica.org, This group is working with Democratic women who want to run for an elected government position. They offer a 70-hour training course that takes place over an 8 month time period. Many mentors to work with and help boost your confidence. Another great organization is sheshouldrun.org they are involved with helping women run for elected positions locally and higher. She Should Run has a program called Ask a Woman to Run, where you can submit someone's name that you would like to nominate for office, and they can receive support from this program. They also have a training option the incubation,and this is for women who are considering running in the future.

The last group I am going to mention is having a meeting here in Illinois very soon. The organization "Ready to Run®, is non-partisan campaign training program to encourage and train women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways.", quoted from their website. On June 3rd, 2017 there will be a one-day training session at Western Illinois University. The seminar will be filled with speakers who have had experience with being in the government and politics in general.


According to Emerge America:
  • Only 37 women have ever served as governor across the United States.
  • Only 27 states have ever had a woman governor.
  • Women make up just 19.4% of the U.S. Congress and 24.8% of state legislatures.
  • Women make up only 18.8% of mayors in cities with more than 30,000 population. 

2017, is the time we can turn this around and become more involved. When women are educated and able to partake in government policies and issues, they are more inclusive and want everyone to benefit. They are sensitive to the needs of others and care about how their decisions affect policy. We make up more than half of the USA population, yet we are not represented to the fullest extent on any level of government. Until we become more involved male public officials will continue on making health care choices for women in the present and future.



Sources: NPR.org, sheshouldrun.org., emergeamerica.org, and http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu-Ready to Run


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