One year ago, the Women’s Foundation launched Women Run!, the Granite State’s only nonpartisan program empowering and training women to run for office at the state and local level. We had a BOLD goal: to change the political landscape in New Hampshire.
Since then, hundreds of women have participated in our program, and in November 2018, 20 Women Run! alumnae were on the ballot and 10 WON their elections for the New Hampshire House of Representatives!
Here in New Hampshire, we’re known for political firsts like our first-in-the-nation all-female Congressional delegation – but we have a long way to go to achieve political parity for men and women. As we reported in our Gender Matters series, women hold just over a third of the seats in the New Hampshire legislature. When women run for office, they are just as likely to win as men. The problem is that women are significantly less likely to run in the first place. Experts believe women feel less qualified to run than men despite having similar education and experience, and that women are less likely than men to receive positive encouragement to run for office. Women Run! is here to break down those barriers. Our Women Run! events give women the tools, confidence, and community they need to raise their hands and run.
Change begins at home, and we will continue to bring Women Run! events to every corner of the Granite State. From the local school board to the state legislature, there’s an office for every woman who is ready to do the work of campaigning and governing. Whether you’re conservative, progressive, or avoiding political labels, Women Run! is for you.
Are you ready to learn more and join our Women Run! community? Explore the Quick Links below for information about resources, events, and our growing alumnae network!