WOMEN WHO RUN ARE JUST AS LIKELY TO WIN!
WOMEN IN CONGRESS
YOUNG WOMEN MORE LIKELY THAN MEN TO SAY THEY NEVER WANT TO RUN...
WE NEED TO DO BETTER.
IF WE STAY ON THIS TRACK
WE WON'T SEE GENDER PARITY
Female legislators are more likely to prioritize issues that matter to families: healthcare, education, domestic violence. They're also more likely to work across the aisle and pass more legislation.
So how can we get more women in office? In short, we have to "play the long game." There's no shortage of barriers, right?
It's highly risky and costly (thanks, wage gap).
Media scrutiny (please ask about my marital status one more time...)
Sexism, racism and structural inequality...not to mention the old boy's network we'll probably be joining.
But one of the primary barriers is that we don't cultivate political ambition in young women. A seminal study of college students showed that young men were twice as likely to state that they were “definitely” planning to run for office, whereas women reported being 50% more likely to assert that they would never run. This disparity starts early...and it gets harder and harder for women to consider running.
Research shows women are less likely to think they're qualified, but they're also less likely to be engaged in political conversation. So how can we create a space where young women can engage in political conversations without feeling like they have to be experts?
How can we build political ambition in a supportive community?