and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina
both have hopes of becoming the next president, and if groups like EMILY's List and others can bring more women into politics, Fiorina and Clinton will be the norm, not the exception.
Why aren’t more women running for office? The problem is multi-faceted, but a major reason boils down to simply not having enough confidence in their abilities.
“Women are very slow to advance through the government, so it’s important to encourage women,” said Michele Swers, a political science professor at Georgetown University. “They also need to help women raise the money. They need good resources to help the women.”
Enter organizations that have made it their mission to help empower and educate women to vote, get involved in advocacy groups, and even run for office.
“As we went along, we had a lot of women who were political leaders but just didn’t realize it,” said Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen, founder of the Political Institute for Women
. “They wanted to do it but weren’t always trained well. We have a group of courses and help them with how to raise money, put together a campaign, how to navigate a legislative session, and so much more. “
Jess McIntosh, the VP of communications for EMILY’s List
said what caused her to get involved in the organization is also what leads other women to run for office: seeing a problem and wanting to fix it.
“Women tend to run to get something done,” McIntosh said. “Men typically run as a political ambition, it’s just the next step in their career. Women run because they see a problem, they say, ‘This is why I want to run and how do I accomplish it.’”