The 5 Reasons Women Need to Join Fairfield and Get Ready to Run

The 5 Reasons Women Need to Join Fairfield and Get Ready to Run

Following the 2018 midterm elections, more women were elected to office than ever before. In light of that history-making event, women of all political persuasions should be asking themselves: Do I feel like I can make a difference in the political arena? Can I begin important conversations in my community—and make important change—by stepping forward to claim a leadership role? Do I even know where to begin? If you answered, "Yes, yes, and no," in that order, then a campaign training program—like Ready to Run at Fairfield University—might be perfect for you. Need a little more convincing? Here are five great reasons getting ready to run is your best choice.

1.  Women can break party lines to create change.

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Sure, you may have heard that women are uber powerful once or twice before, but it's an adage that female politicians know how to prove. Issues brought into discussion by female leaders can connect citizens of different parties, ethnicities, and social classes. Your leadership could build those kinds of bridges in your local community (or even at a higher level), and who wouldn't want to be part of a movement like that?

2.  Women can shine a light on issues not always discussed.


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Some issues that impact women don't always make it into a major, public political platform—nuanced considerations of women's healthcare and equal pay, to name just two. When politicans start discussing ignored or taboo political topics, their colleagues—and voters—are eventually motivated to do the same. And honestly, who better to advocate for women than, well, women? Your voice can help people realize that the issues impacting women actually touch all members of your community. You can't do that, however, if you don't know how to amplify your necessary voice, and campaign training programs can give you all the tools you need.

3.  Women can be role models on a prominent stage—if they get the chance.


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We've already said that women leaders are capable of uniting communities and driving change. But have you considered that you would be making a change for the future, just by stepping up to lead today? If you take your place in a leadership role now, young women will see you driving policies that create better futures for everyone. More importantly, they'll realize that if you can do it, they can too, and your service will inspire more women to participate in government for years to come. However, that only happens if you run, and win. Getting guidance at a campaign training program will give you your absolute best shot.

4.  When women run, they win.


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Remember those historic 2018 midterm elections? They placed 127 women in Congress, an all-time high. That's no fluke, though; women who build concrete platforms and stand on them to profess their beliefs and goals draw voters like moths to the flame. If you need help refining your vision and honing your pitch for a seat at the decision making table, a campaign training program is just what the doctor ordered.

5.  Women belong in politics (too).


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Now more than ever, American culture sees that women not only belong in office, they improve it by starting new conversations, voicing insights that had been shut out of policy discussion, and creating a representative body that's actually representative of communities locally, at the state level, and nationwide. Incredible women have helped pave the way for this moment at each level, and the fact that training programs exist to help women keep building on those trailblazers' promises shows a deeper understanding: that not only have women always belonged in leadership positions, but that they should have all the help they need to be competitive in reaching for their goals. In other words, leadership is yours to take if you want it, and you won't have to strive for it alone.
If you're a woman interested in campaigning and need help to prepare, Fairfield University is the place for you. Our program, Connecticut's first and only chapter of the national Ready to Run network of campaign training programs, will help you learn how to fundraise, network, craft your campaign message and more from experts across the field. Ready to Run begins March 30, so learn more and register today.

Last Modified: 02-22-2019 12:40 PM

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