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WIPP Calls on Coalition Partner Organization Leaders to Take Action - The 2012 Project

Monday, September 19, 2011  
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Women Impacting Public Policy Calls on Coalition Partner Organization Leaders to Take Action

The 2012 Project – Don't Get Mad, Get Elected!

As a woman business owner and leader in your community, you know that women make a difference in the public arena. You've seen first-hand what research confirms -- that elected women add new issues to the agenda, favor more open and inclusive government, and bring to the table previously underrepresented groups. You may also be familiar with the dismal data – that women hold just under 17% of congressional seats, less than a quarter of state legislative seats, and only six governorships in the 50 states. So you know that more women officeholders at the federal, state and local levels are urgently needed.

With those facts in mind, WIPP has joined forces with The 2012 Project, a national, non-partisan campaign of Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of the once-in-a-decade opportunities of 2012. After the 2010 census, every congressional and state legislative district in the country is being redrawn, creating new, open and more competitive seats. It's crucial that women work together to ensure that we achieve greater representation in the legislative bodies where vital policy decisions are being made. WIPP and other allies and partners of The 2012 Project are helping to get the word out as quickly and broadly as possible, and we encourage you to join this effort.

Three strategies guide the work of The 2012 Project:

· Engage accomplished women in the private and non-profit sectors who have not previously considered running for office – women like you!

· Mobilize state-based coalitions to carry out the mission of The 2012 Project in locations where opportunities for women to run are greatest.

· Launch a large-scale public education and visibility campaign to raise awareness about the lack of women in elected office and the unique opportunities of the election of 2012.

How can you and your organization help?

· Join or mobilize a state-based coalition that will identify and organize individual stakeholders dedicated to women's advancement, political participation, and parity in government. State-based partners will determine how best to meet The 2012 Project goals within their states. The 2012 Project's national team will provide information and tactical recommendations and assist partners with access to data, speakers, and national media. For more information about state-based initiatives contact Jean Sinzdak at Sinzdak@eagleton.rutgers.edu or (732) 932-9384 ext. 260.

· Present a 2012 Project speaker at a meeting, or join in a 2012 Project webinar for organization, chapter or affiliate leaders to learn more.

· Invite and encourage your members and other talented women you know to run. Men often step forward on their own, while women may not run until someone suggests it. Send an email like this to your members and invite them to consider running.

· Consider running yourself! You're a proven leader with experience, expertise, awareness of issues, and networks of contacts. Why not you?

· Spread the word – View our video: Consider This Your Invitation – and pass it on. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

· If you would like to receive The 2012 Project's regular email alerts, please sign up here.

For more information, visit http://www.the2012project.us/. Ready to get involved? Click here to "Take Action” or contact us at info@the2012project.us or (650) 326-2216.


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