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.

2015 Elect Her
by the Numbers


Over 1,000 students

attended an Elect Her workshop
on 50 campuses in 2015.

76 percent

of 2015 participants who reported
running for student office WON!

99 percent

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

Weakley on a poster with her running title

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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.

Bring Elect Her to Your Campus

Three college women at Elect HerApplications for new 2017 Elect Her sites will be available in August. Read over these tips to help prepare your 2016–17 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.

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 Bethany Imondi for more information at corpdev@aauw.org.