The Mary Sue: You, Yes You, Are Qualified to Run For Office (And Here's Why You Should)

by Mary Sue Staff | 4:54 pm, September 3rd, 2019

“Did you know that men are 60% more likely than women to assess themselves as “very qualified” to run to for political office? We need that to change, stat. If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference, the fantastic, informative book Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World will get you off and running. It’s here to guide you every step of the way.

Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the Worldby June Diane Raphael and Kate Black, has never been more important. As politicians move to infringe on the rights of women and marginalized groups, more and more women are running for office to push back and demonstrate the true power of the people.

Could you—yes you—run yourself? (SPOILER ALERT: You can!) The book has a handy how-to—”I’m Running for Office, the Checklist” and is packed full of information that will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to start running, including:

-The nuts and bolts of deciding where to run and meeting the requirements and filing deadlines

-Pro tips on fundraising

-Balancing family and campaigning and how running for office can work in your real life

-Managing social media

-Infographics and profiles of politicians such as Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, and Lisa Murkowski, plus wisdom and advice from women leaders including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley”

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