Ready to Run CT, a national non-partisan initiative that aims to increase the number of female elected officials, will take place on campus at Fairfield University on October 14. Workshops will be lead by local and national political figures and experts, and geared towards subjects specific to women.
Of women who complete the program and then run for office, 70% have won their elections.
Fairfield University is hosting Connecticut’s only Ready to Run campaign training program for women on October 14, 2017. The program is a non-partisan national movement to educate and motivate women to become active participants in the political process. Workshops include fundraising tactics, media training, campaign strategy, and networking, and will be facilitated by experienced campaign strategists, media specialists, and elected officials, and geared towards subjects specific to women.
“What makes Ready to Run Connecticut unique is that it not only offers workshops for women who desire to run for office, but also how to seek political appointments, learning the basics of government, and how to become involved in a political party,” said Gayle Alberda, PhD, assistant professor of politics and public administration and event organizer.
Modeled after the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) national program at Rutgers University, Ready to Run™, the Ready to Run program has produced political success since its inception: Of women who complete the program and then run for office, 70% have won their elections.
Said Jodi Rell, former governor of Connecticut who spoke at the kickoff event in August, “I’m confident that Fairfield University will make this program a state-wide success for years to come. Women who have the desire to be more involved in local politics or run for office, but need only the political preparation and training, can greatly benefit from this program,” she said.