Train More Women to Run for Office
Elect Her 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 of women candidates 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 2016. Participants practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers, and discuss research on women in government.
What Elect Her Attendees Are Saying
Today was the most empowered I have ever felt, ever. And this is coming from someone who has watched Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec. day after day for forever. #ElectHer has encouraged me to never be abashed in my desire to someday run for office and I built friendships with some of the greatest women!
— Abbe Erle (@AbbeErle) February 20, 2016
— T’wina Franklin (@HelloKittySmile) March 6, 2016
Why Student Government?
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Women make up a majority of the electorate, yet they have never been equally represented in the halls of power. Engaging women in politics and electing them to office earlier in life are key to strengthening and increasing women’s representation in government. In fact, 56 percent of women in the current U.S. Congress started their leadership careers in student government.
Many of the campuses that 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.
2015 Elect Her
by the Numbers
Over 1,000 students
attended an Elect Her workshop
on 50 campuses in 2015.
of 2015 participants who reported
running for student office WON!
of participants reported that they
would recommend Elect Her to a friend.
Bring Elect Her to Your Campus
Applications for 2017 Elect Her sites opened August 1.Apply to host a workshop
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invest in College Women Leaders
Elect Her is a rapidly expanding national program sustained by investment and collaboration from foundations and corporations looking to shape the next generation of leaders. Contact Nicole Phillips for more information at email@example.com.Donate Now