What is the Elect Her Initiative?

The Elect Her initiative, a collaboration between AAUW, Running Start, and She Should Run, provides a continuum of programming aimed at building the pipeline of young women running for office at all levels.

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High School

Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program introduces high school girls to the importance of women in political leadership. Students can apply on the Running Start website for the Washington, D.C., and regional locations of this program.


Elect Her–Campus Women Win encourages and trains college women to run for student government on their campuses. Elect Her acknowledges the necessity of building the pipeline of women running for office in order to diminish the long-standing political leadership gender gap. Any students who attend the selected campuses can participate in the training.

The Running Start Star Fellowship is an exciting program that brings together college women from across the country to intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Each semester, seven college women are placed in offices to intern for a female representative or senator. Housing and a stipend are provided. During the semester, the Star Fellows intern Monday–Thursday in an office on Capitol Hill. Each Friday, the fellows participate in a political seminar where they learn the nuts and bolts of politics and the importance of running for elected office. Fellows learn from top campaign strategists, consultants, and other important movers and shakers in Washington.

And Beyond!

The Women’s Campaign Forum’s She Should Run provides an easy way to ask a woman to run for office — and then connects her with the support, training, and resources she needs to join the next class of strong and successful women leaders in our country. Nominate yourself and other women you know to run for office!