Elect Her Campus Women Win, Powered by AAUW and Running Start

Elect Her–Campus Women Win is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap.

What Does an Elect Her Training Look Like?

Elect Her is a one-day, 4.5-hour training. Campus administrators, students, and local AAUW members collaborate with AAUW and Running Start staff to plan the trainings each year. Fifty campuses will host Elect Her sessions in 2015. Participants practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers, and discuss research on women in government.

2014 Elect Her
by the Numbers

78 percent

of 2014 participants who reported
running for student office WON!

12 percent

more students plan to run for political
office after attending Elect Her.

100 percent

of participants reported that they would recommend Elect Her to a friend.

Read more about Haley and the Elect Her alumnae who are leading on their campuses this year »

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Women hold only a small fraction of elected offices in the United States. Engaging women in politics and electing them to office earlier in life is the key to strengthening and increasing women’s representation in government. Many of the campuses who apply for Elect Her show a disparity between the number of women and men serving in prominent leadership roles on campus. An important part of encouraging young women to step up and lead starts with participation in student government.

Elect Her–Campus Women Win is part of the Elect Her Initiative, a continuum of programming aimed at building the pipeline for young women running for office.

Bring Elect Her to Your Campus

Three college women at Elect HerApplications for new 2016 Elect Her sites will be available in August. Read over these tips to help prepare your 2015–16 application.

Don’t have time for a 4.5-hour training? Bring one of our expert facilitators to your campus for a keynote speech or workshop. Elect Her facilitators bring their vast knowledge of women in politics as well as their experience working on political campaigns to your campus.

For more information, e-mail leadership@aauw.org.