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Do you believe that politics shouldn’t be about money and power, but instead the improvement of people’s lives? Are you interested in bringing success to a political campaign or gaining practical skills in progressive action? If yes, we need YOU!

For further info on being a candidate or working on a campaign contact:

Anita Rios, Ohio NOW President 

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IN A NUTSHELL: “There is a disconnect, especially from the millennial generation from highly successful highly talented people, great innovators, who are saying why should I get involved with this dysfunctional entity called government,” says Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a She Should Run Leadership Advisory Council Member.

WHY IT MATTERS: “Talk to your organization about ways in which you can invest in a pipeline of young people. We have created a program in the summer that brings in young college age women that exposes them to people like Mimi and Tulsi, shows them this great example, teaches them a bit about Washington, and helps them realize that this is a dream that can actually be their dream,” said Laura Cox Kaplan of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Know a great young woman leader who should run for public office? Click here to tell her to run.

New Research Explores the Barriers Women Face in Seeking Higher Office

Contact: Jennifer Clark, clark@iwpr.org, 202.785.5100
Political Parity Contact: Stephen Eisele,

Washington, DC—A new report released today by Political Parity, a nonpartisan program of Hunt Alternatives, finds that women in politics often encounter a series of structural and social roadblocks that make it difficult to navigate a road to higher office. The findings in the report draw on insights from focus groups and in-depth interviews conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and polling of female state legislators by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting.

Women hold fewer than 20 percent of seats in Congress and just 5 of 50 governorships. Women’s ascent to high office has slowed rather than accelerated in the past decade. If current trends continue, IWPR projects that women will not hold an equal number of seats in Congress until 2121.

“Women have made progress getting into formerly male-dominated careers, such as law and medicine, through higher education, but there is no single degree or path that enables someone to enter elected office,” said IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. “Women running for office must overcome significant barriers put up by informal and diffuse political networks that advance candidates to higher office.”

Findings from IWPR’s qualitative study outline the challenges faced by women candidates and office holders, including sexual harassment from their male colleagues, donors, and voters, and a demanding work schedule, which often requires them to hold multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet.

IWPR’s study outlines several recommendations for making systemic change so that more women are recruited to run and are then supported throughout their political careers.

“The political leaders we studied do not lack ambition. They make extraordinary sacrifices to pursue political careers that they love and believe will make a difference in the lives of the people they serve,” said Denise Baer, Ph.D., an independent consultant and co-author of the IWPR study. “Expanding candidate recruitment to include arenas where women are already leaders, such as in community organizing, as well as reducing structural barriers, including ‘campaigning while female,’ will grow women’s numbers.”

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Organization that conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies.


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