It’s an era of the ‘SHEROES’, ladies!
She - women of color, first-generation Americans, members of the LGBQT community, who, never imagined being the ‘leader’, was still paying off her student loan, or juggling single parenthood and working full-time is the She who is now holding court as an elected official.
Women like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exist for REAL and are not unicorn mythical lucky creatures. This Bronx native gave a memorable speech of how she defeated the Democratic Party representative, Joseph Crowley stirring up a storm in the entire world. And she’s been speaking her mind ever since.
We witnessed another victory, when we saw how Keisha Lance Bottoms took oath as the 60th Mayor of Atlanta in January 2018. Killing the racist stigma, Keisha beat Mary Norwood and emerged as the second woman Mayor in the history of Atlanta.
Such is the vision of the “She Should Run” campaign which kicked off in the year 2011! This non-partisan 501(C) 3 offers that most desired stage of helping potential women leaders to become true political leaders at various city and state offices.
It’s an unfortunate fact that women have always been under-represented at almost every level, but especially within politics and public office. In more than 500,000 elected offices across the United States, women irrespective of their political inclinations are now being encouraged to stand strong and become running heads of 250,000 offices in the least by the year, 2030. The new poster child for wanting to grow up and become POTUS is a historically marginalized girl. There’s a collective mission to encourage and empower not only women, but specifically progressive female candidates from diverse backgrounds. When such candidates with platforms that address the intersectional needs and demands of their full constituency, take the lead, they shall bring in a cultural change in the their communities and in the political arena. That change will include more equitable representation in all aspects of governmental and civic decision making.
The challenges of the current century need to be met by women leaders who will seek to establish gender, racial/ethnic, and socio-economic parity and who will do so with a spirit of collaboration. For instance, concerning the disparity in the Atlanta economy, Keisha has promised to start a campaign called “leaving no one behind”. Back in NYC, though Cortez knows that her agenda to propagate democratic socialism outside New York will be difficult, she still is going strong with the message: time for disregarding women and outsiders has passed.
RUN! From budget to business
The inclusive campaign of “She Should Run” provides 17,000+ aspiring women with the tools and support to consider leadership with the “She Should Run Incubator” which offers guidance and support to women venturing into elected leadership.
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