Congress continues to make progress on increasing the number of women elected to office. Organizations like Women’s Public Leadership Network (WPLN) help build a support system for women across the country who want to make a difference in their communities by seeking elected office.
As the dust from the 2022 midterms settles, one fact remains clear. Not only is it important to increase the number of women elected to office. Increasing ideological representation among women elected officials also matters. WPLN believes that the public policies that impact everyday life should be created with a diversity of voices at the table and women, especially center-right women, are missing at many of these tables, at every level, in every state.
A 2021 Gallup poll found that 69% of women identified their political ideology as conservative or moderate. Yet in Congress, just one out of every four women lean right. WPLN is working to address that imbalance by training and equipping women from across the political spectrum to serve in public life, so that all women’s voices are represented.
An excellent opportunity to participate in WPLN training and benefit from WPLN's network of support is attending their national summit in April 21 - 23, 2023 in San Diego, CA. The summit training and workshops are led by women elected officials on the national and local level. Participants include women who are determined to run for office and women who are curious and simply want to gather information and begin building their network.
To learn more, visit https://womenspublicleadership.net/wpln-summit.
Photo: Pictured left WPLN Board Member Dee Dee Bass Wilbon interviews Louisiana State Rep. Julie Emerson about triumphs and challenges of running for public office.