Program Aims to Increase the Number of Women Running for Office
March 16, 2013
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Menifee Valley Campus, 28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee
Mt. San Jacinto College was selected as one of the 39 campus sites across the United States and Jamaica to host Elect Her–Campus Women Win in spring 2013. This nationwide program trains college women to run effective campaigns for student government and future office. Mt. San Jacinto College will host the workshop for the fourth year and remains the only two year college in California to be selected to host Elect Her. Elect Her has significant support from the AAUW Temecula Branch and the MSJC Student Government Association.
“Thanks in part to training programs like Elect Her, we’re seeing some progress in women’s leadership and representation. A record-breaking 154 women have received party nominations for U.S. House races this year,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “By encouraging and supporting more women to be leaders on their own campuses, we are helping to set them on a path for success in leadership roles after college.”
“We are thrilled to launch our fourth year of Elect Her trainings. We’ve added more sites each year, and I am impressed by the college women leaders we meet around the country,” said Running Start Executive Director Jessica Grounds. “Running Start and AAUW are certain that these women will leave inspired to lead on their campuses and beyond.”
"Having had the pleasure of participating in Elect Her last year, I can say with conviction that the experience gave me very clear knowledge of how to attain a leadership office and how best to represent myself as the candidate of choice. The stories that were shared by the keynote speakers have helped me to have a better understanding of the importance of my interest in holding an office." – Shayla Esarey, MSJC student leader/Phi Theta Kappa Officer
"I have attended and participated in the Elect Her workshop for the past three years now. This workshop motivated me to run for president of the SGA at MSJC as well as instill in me the idea that I can run for office at either the local or state levels. I most definitely recommend this workshop to anyone and everyone with the desire to get involved.” – Ana Moreno, MSJC Student Leader/Past SGA President
“Elect Her was very inspiring. I was able to meet other women that pursued their goals in education and it made me want to keep pushing further in my goals.” – Katherine Hayes, Current MSJC SGA Secretary
Since 2008, AAUW and Running Start have collaborated to encourage college women to run for student government. Building on those successes, the organizations initiated the Elect Her–Campus Women Win training program in 2010, and the effort is already showing results for college women. The full list of participating schools is available on the AAUW website.
AAUW also co-sponsors the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. The conference, which draws more than 600 attendees, will celebrate its 28th year May 30—June 1, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will feature an Elect Her–Campus Women Win workshop with student liaisons from the 39 sites.
Running Start, which is dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for office, works directly with high school, college, and young professional women to encourage them to think of themselves as political leaders.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org
Running Start is a nonprofit organization that brings young women to politics so that they are knowledgeable about the process, invested in the outcome, and interested in participating as elected leaders. Our programs educate young women and girls about the importance of politics and imbue them with the skills they need to be leaders so that they can get the “running start” they need to achieve greater political power. With an earlier start in politics, women will climb higher on the leadership ladder, allowing more women to share in the decision-making power of this country. Find out more at Running Start’s website.