Election 2012 is an opportunity for more women than ever to run for elected office across the country. And the 2012 Project is working to make sure those women succeed.
Watch Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, talk about the 2012 campaign’s effort to get more women into office:
“We’re focusing on 2012 because it really is the year of opportunity,” Walsh said. “Redistricting has happened across the country, thanks to the new Census, and there are new and open seats, which create more opportunities for women to run. We know that when women run, they win. We’re just not getting enough women to run.”
The 2012 Project is a national, non-partisan campaign to increase the number of women in legislative office by identifying and engaging accomplished women 45 and older and encouraging them to run for Congress and state legislatures in 2012. The 2012 Project is working with dozens of allies including The White House Project, Emerge America and Rachel’s Network to educate people about the low numbers of women in office today and ask accomplished women to run. CAWP’s latest research report, Poised to Run, provides an unprecedented look at how women reach state legislatures and how women’s election to office has changed over time.
Not one state – not California, not New York – has women serving in half the seats in its state legislature. California’s is 28 percent, while New York’s is only 21 percent. South Carolina trails the nation at 9 percent. Women are best represented in Colorado ,where they hold 41 percent of seats.
Does the presence of women make a difference? Research says it does. Women tend to bring different agendas, content and processes. As The White House Project memorably says: “Add women; change everything.”
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