In the United States, women make up more than half of the population. So you'd think that they hold at least 50% of the elected offices, right?! Welp, wake up people. Women in this country only hold around 20% of the seats. Yep, you read that correctly. Women in the US are underrepresented at almost every level of elected office.
As an organization that believes democratic representatives should reflect the citizenry, we’re passionate about helping to fix this gender disparity in politics. That’s why we team up with organizations like VoteRunLead and IGNITE, to spur folks into action.
We’re proud to have been a sponsor of VoteRunLead and IGNITE’s most recent event - Dare to Lead. Dare to Lead was an historic women’s leadership conference rooted in diversity, and driven by tech (it is the 21st Century after all!). It brought together more than 1,800 women online, and 400 women in-person across the country, at all stages of their leadership plan, to take a step forward for change. It was awesome hearing these women’s powerful stories of leadership, and to be in a room full of badass ladies declaring their ambitions to lead.
Both Dare to Lead and VoteRunLead’s general mission is to support the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders. #GoGetters! This mission lines up directly with Veracity’s aim to inspire a new generation of leadership, and use our digital-first strategy to help aspiring leaders navigate their own path to elected office.
Events like Dare to Lead - that challenge women (and all who are underrepresented in politics) to participate in our democracy as leaders - are an important piece of creating a truly representative democracy. In an election cycle dominated by conversations about which candidates authentically speak for women, it’s more crucial now than ever that we make sure women's, minorities’, and millennials’ voices are heard and presence is felt in the system.
The only way to ensure that our voices are heard and that our interests are represented, whatever they may be, is to both recruit and help elect those who identify with us, and to run for positions ourselves. YOU WON’T DO IT (trying out some reverse psychology here)!
Check out our Storify of the Dare to Lead event below!