‘I don’t just want more women to run, I want them to win’

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February 11, 2020

‘I don’t just want more women to run, I want them to win’

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By Susan Inman,

Running for office is a journey, and historically it’s a more difficult journey for women. While democracy was born thousands of years ago, in a very real sense, women are still pioneers on this frontier.

Women only got the right to vote 100 years ago, and women only got the right to have a credit card in their own name in the 1970s. I remember buying my first car in the ’70s; my dad had to co-sign for me because I was a girl!

Because it is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave white women the right to vote, today we are surrounded with celebratory teas, rallies, marches and women asking, “What the f_ _ _k, why are there so few women in elected office?”

There have been trailblazers from the time we got the right to vote, and there have been a lot of powerful women opening doors for the rest of us along the way (Hattie Caraway, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Hillary Clinton, you name your favorites). Every time a woman steps up to run for office, more follow. But women only hold about 20 percent of elected offices.

Click here to read the full article published by Arkansas Times on 11 February 2020.

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