A couple weeks ago, I surveyed some of my most awesome and engaged friends about their #givingTuesday plans. For me, one of the biggest rewards of launching this blog has been discovering some incredible organizations. Like Refugee Coffee Co. and The Lantern Project. I’ve now donated to both, and look forward to continuing to follow their work.
Today, I was happy to get a belated response to that #givingTuesday survey from one of my very best friends in high school. She said she is looking closely at a pair of organizations focused of encouraging and grooming future female elected officials, Running Start and She Should Run. This friend is herself a rocket ship of an emerging leader in our home state, and so I truly hope that one day, she will run too.
I did a little reading, and it turns out that since the election, a surge of more than 4,500 have signed up for She Should Run’s incubator program. How cool is that? CEO Erin Loos Cutraro only expected a few hundred, according to Time. We all know why this is needed. The representation of women in any given state capitol isn’t much different from what you see on CSPAN.
Wouldn’t it be incredible if we looked back on 2016 as the moment that sparked a sea change in the makeup of our city councils, state legislatures, and congressional chambers?