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It's no secret that women are significantly underrepresented in government. Despite making up more than half of the country's population, less than 20 percent of congress is made up of women. The result? Biased legislation and extreme difficulty in getting anything passed that is aimed at closing the gender gap.
That's where She Should Run comes in. The non-profit encourages non-partisan female participation in the political system by recruiting distinguished individuals and providing resources for them to run for public office.
Their "Ask a Woman to Run" program has already built a community of more than 100,000 women thinking about running for office, providing "multi-platform ongoing awareness and action campaigns (which) continue to make the case for women’s representation in elected leadership."
After landing a job as a political aid, Diana Hwang started noticing the lack of Asian Americans involved in American politics. Hwang, whose full story can be found on SheShouldRun.org, organized a group of 35 young women to work and gain experience working alongside legislators, giving them the power in numbers to tackle unaddressed issues affecting their community.
That's only one of the countless initiatives taken by community members of She Should Run, which has been strengthening women's position in politics since their start in 2006. To find out more about the organization or to donate, check out their website by clicking here!