#ILookLikeAPolitician Flyers

January 18, 2017

Print these #ILookLikeAPolitician flyers to pass out at events! For example, Running Start alums will be handing them out at #Inaug2017 and #WomensMarch. Click on the below thumbnail to download and print.

NOTE: When you print do NOT “fit to margin” or similar. It is already perfectly scaled so that it’s easy to cut.

Running Start is proud to announce our most exciting ad ever!

November 6, 2013

The 10 second ad below is playing every hour on a 500+ square foot screen in the heart of Times Square from now until January 10th. That means it will play more than 1,000 times! During this holiday season, more than 3 million people per day will pass through Times Square. We hope this ad will draw attention to Running Start’s mission of bringing young women to politics.

Please click to nominate a girl to lead today!

Running Start is grateful to Con Edison for making this ad possible.     conedhorizontal

Vote for Tommy McFly and help Running Start win $10,000!

February 24, 2011

Support Running Start by voting for Media Personality Tommy McFLY for Vice President of Pop Culture! If he wins, Tommy will give away $10,000 to Running Start! Click here to see his video.

You can vote everyday – starting TODAY – until the contest ends on March 9, 2011.

Click here to vote!

Feb TBA – Path to Politics lunch

January 13, 2011

More details to come!

Running Start’s President blogs for Larry King Live!

November 5, 2010

Running Start President Susannah Shakow considers how young women fared this election cycle on Larry King Live’s blog. Click here to read!!

Glamour Gives 99 Reasons to Vote in November

September 13, 2010

Download Editorial in PDF form here.

Editorial Text

They’re all women! At press time, there were at least 99 female congressional and gubernatorial candidates across the nation. In California, three contenders for top jobs are women. State Representative Nikki Haley, 38, could become one of the youngest governors ever of South Carolina. And in New Mexico and Oklahoma, every major candidate for governor is female.

Why should you vote for a woman over a man? You shouldn’t! You should vote your views, whatever they are. But this year, there’s likely to be a female candidate who shares those views. In the recent past, women running for office tended to be Democrats, but 2010’s crew includes everyone from bleeding-heart liberals to Bill O’Reilly conservatives. The variety is due to the “Palin effect,” says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics. “With Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, we’ve seen a spike in conservative women running.” Other groups are seeing interest too: “There’s been such an awakening for the next generation about why it’s important to have women in office,” says Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, a group that supports pro-choice Democratic women.

And that’s a good thing, because girls–tomorrow’s achievers– should see role models of all political stripes. Yet women make up only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress. “Twenty percent of the Afghan parliament are women,” says Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz). “We really can’t do better than the country that’s been ruled by the Taliban?”

Of course, the only way we’ll ever get more women into office is if more women run. “Get involved in your community,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports anti-abortion candidates. “If you see yourself as a candidate, test it out. Look for a role model, ask her advice.”

And though some women fear they can’t hold office and have a life, Rep. Giffords, whose astronaut husband will blast off in the space shuttle this winter, is proof you can. “It’s challenging,” she says. “But nothing worth accomplishing comes easily.”

{Register to Vote- Don’t Wait Till November!}
Some states’ deadlines are 30 days before an election; go to Also, help the 2012 Project ( get women of both parties into Congress.

Bring Elect Her to your college campus!

August 17, 2010

Applications for 2011 are due September 15, 2010.

Elect Her – Campus Women Win, a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, encourages and trains young women to run for student government on their campuses. Any students who attend the selected campuses can participate in the training. Elect Her – Campus Women Win builds on our lessons with the Campaign College pilot program over the past two years to develop a more interactive and comprehensive training for college women.

Star Fellowship Application for Spring 2011 Available

July 1, 2010

To apply for the Star Fellowship Spring 2011 semester, click here.