“Elect Her inspires women to run” by Mary Breaden

March 21, 2013


“The next women leaders of Portland State were getting their start in politics on a rainy Wednesday afternoon on campus.

The four-hour training, Elect Her: Campus Women Win, was hosted by PSU’s Center for Women, Politics and Policy to encourage women to run for student government at PSU…

To kick off the event, Cynthia Rauscher, Oregon’s president of the American Association of University Women, an organization that seeks to empower women and girls, listed statistics for women in politics: Three women hold positions on the Supreme Court (an all-time high), 20 women hold seats in the U.S. Senate (another all-time high), and five women hold the position of governor in their state.

When Allison Dunatchik, the Elect Her facilitator, took the stage, these numbers were relegated to the background of a more urgent problem: the poor representation in elected office of women of color (4.5 percent) and women under the age of 40 (1 percent).

“We need the voices of young women in Congress [in order] to represent the experience of young women all over,” Dunatchik said…”

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