Here’s a link to an important new study, from the Center for American Women and Politics, about women running for public office: “Poised to Run: Women’s Routes to State Legislatures”: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/research/reports/PoisedtoRun.pdf
A lot of this rings true to me. So, if you have a friend/friends thinking about running for office (!), encourage her/them to read this report.
And, if you have male political colleagues in positions of political party power, ask them to step-up-to-the-plate, and help out. It’s (past) time.
Here are the report’s big conclusions:
•” Women Need to be Recruited.
“Women need to be encouraged to run for office. Women are more likely than men to run for office because they were recruited rather than deciding to run on their own.
• “Political Parties Matter .
“It is critical that women candidates attract party support. Women who reach the legislature usually do so with the support of their parties.
• “Organizations Help Women Run.
“Organizations are encouraging women to run for office, but they have not been the most important source of encouragement for women’s candidacies. Organizations, including women’s organizations, could be more active in candidate recruitment.
• “More Women Can Run.
“The pool of women candidates is larger than is commonly believed.
• “Resources are Important.
“More funding and training can help women win.”
For more information, go to: http://cawp.rutgers.edu