More women need to run for office and engage in civic life.
That was the message Erin Vilardi, founder and director of VoteRunLead, delivered Thursday at the Personal Democracy Forum 2016.
In the last 20 years, only 20 percent of women have participated in regional, state or national governmental organizations, she said.
“It would take 105 years for women to gain recognition in the governmental workplace,” Vilardi said, noting the low ratio of women in government.
Vilardi stressed that the “solution space is not moving the needle.” When it comes to governmental interaction and participation, women do not feel qualified and are less ambitious about getting involved.
On the supply side of the equation, there are numerous organizations, such as the White House Project, pushing for female representation in the government. Unfortunately, VoteRunLead is one of few corporations supporting women’s involvement on the demand side.
Vilardi offered her audience two solutions to ignite the fire of female support and participation in the government — women engaging in peer-to peer communication and women self-nominating.
“Both gender and culture strongly shape and impact our governmental system,” she said.
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