Moving Forward: More Women Inspired to Run
Before the election, some anticipated that a Hillary Clinton win might spur throngs of women to follow in her footsteps and run for office. While the win did not materialize, the groundswell of future candidates is happening. Articles in The Washington Post and USA Today offer documentation of burgeoning interest among women in running at various levels. Ready to Run®, the non-partisan campaign training program offered at Center for American Women and Politics, is experiencing the surge: more than 70 women have already registered for the program,a dramatic increase over the number usually registered by early December. Partners around the country who replicate the Ready to Run® model in their own states report similar enthusiasm from prospective candidates. For those not located near a Ready to Run® training, CAWP's Political and Leadership Resource Map lists hundreds of non-partisan and partisan, co-ed and women-only programs: campaign training and leadership development programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics.
When Two Candidates are Unlikable...
It only matters for the woman, says Adrienne Kimmell, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. Citing the Foundation's research, she ties this year's election outcome to the finding that "Men don't need to be liked to be elected, but voters are less likely to vote for a woman candidate they do not like." Read the analysis here.
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