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November 5, 2007

SHE Should Run

So tomorrow is Election Day.

Yesterday we wrote about the Desiree Alliance's efforts to get Judge Teresa Carr Deni out of her position as Judge of the Municipal Court in Philadelphia (because rape is not an occupational hazard). Today the ESC would like to draw your attention to some awesome groups and organizations that are trying to get the right women into office and push the issues that are important to women.

She Should Run is a project run by the Women's Campaign Forum that encourages people to nominate "inspiring pro-choice women" to run for office - any office, be it your local school board or the U.S. Senate. The WCF is an organization dedicated to ensuring pro-choice women become leaders in politics, so as the nominations come in, they try to make sure these women get the support, training and resources they need to actually run.

The National Women's Political Caucus is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process. They aim to create a "true women's political power base to achieve equality for all women" by recruiting, training and supporting pro-choice women candidates for elected adn appointed offices at all levels of government.

The Feminist Majority Foundation is an organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. They use "research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically":
Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

...our research and action programs focus on advancing the legal, social and political equality of women with men, countering the backlash to women's advancement, and recruiting and training young feminists to encourage future leadership for the feminist movement in the United States. To carry out these aims, FMF engages in research and public policy development, public education programs, grassroots organizing projects, leadership training and development programs, and participates in and organizes forums on issues of women's equality and empowerment. Our sister organization, the Feminist Majority, engages in lobbying and other direct political action, pursuing equality between women and men through legislative avenues.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that fights to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League "encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy".

The White House Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors:

By filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women, we make American institutions, businesses and government truly representative. Through multi-platform programs, The White House Project creates a culture where America’s most valuable untapped resource—women—can succeed in all realms.

To advance this mission, The White House Project strives to support women and the issues that allow women to lead in their own lives and in the world. When women leaders bring their voices, vision and leadership to the table alongside men, the debate is more robust and the policy is more inclusive and sustainable. By supporting women and the values that allow women to succeed—the full range of health options, security platforms that utilize all our resources, economic stability for all—we work to create an equitable culture.

The National Organization for Women is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Their purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination. NOW's Political Action Committees feel that electing feminists is a crucial part of their strategy in advocating for women's rights.

The International Women’s Democracy Center was established to "strengthen women's global leadership through training, education, networking and research with a focus on increasing the participating of women leaders in politics, policy and decision making within their own governments":
By ensuring that women worldwide have the necessary tools and skills to participate in all levels of governance, IWDC’s commitment to work in partnership with local non-governmental organizations around the world responds to the increasing need of women leaders to acquire the technical skills and leadership tools so critical to their leadership roles in the new millennium.

Win with Women is an initiative (as part of the National Democratic Institute) that aims to help women increase their political involvement in countries around the world.

Emily's List is a grassroots political network dedicated to "building a progressive America" by electing pro-choice Democratic women into office:
EMILY's List has helped to change the face of power in America. Until EMILY's List was founded in 1985, no Democratic woman had ever been elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right, no woman had ever been elected governor of a large state, and the number of Democratic women in the U.S. House had declined to 12 -- less than three percent of the chamber's 435 members. Since then, our grassroots network has helped elect 69 Democratic pro-choice members of Congress, 13 senators, and eight governors. EMILY's List has also become the largest financial resource for minority women seeking federal office. We know how to win.

And just so you don't think we're completely biased against the Republican party (even though, we pretty much usually are)... the WISH List ("Women in the Senate and House") is America's largest fundraising network for pro-choice Republican women candidates and raises money to identify, train, support and elect more of these Republican women leaders to public office.

We encourage you all to get involved and of course, VOTE!

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