The Question Men Never Ask Before Running For Office, According To 2 Female Senators

"You don’t get what you don’t fight for."

In an op-ed for Bustle, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is explained why she ran for the Senate — and why more women should get involved in politics. Warren, who has been a Massachusetts senator since 2013, said that when she first considered running for the Senate, she constantly doubted herself, despite her substantial background in law and politics. But Washington Sen. Patty Murray told her that women are "always thinking of reasons they aren't good enough."


"Men never ask if they're good enough to hold public office," Warren recalls Sen. Murray telling her. "They just ask if they can raise enough money to win. Of course you can do this."

Warren's path to politics was a winding one: she started as a teacher, then became a parent, went to law school, worked as a professor and eventually started advocating public policy change. Through fighting the political battles against lobbyists and well-funded political initiatives that she felt hurt the middle class, Warren learned that success in politics required real desire.

"You've got to stand up and fight for what you believe in, even when everyone says it can't be done," she wrote in her Bustle op-ed. "Sure, you might lose some battles along the way. But you don't get what you don't fight for."

Now, with four years as a senator under her belt, she's doing her best to push for women to follow a path similar to her own. And she isn't alone: organizations like EMILY's ListShe Should Run and VoteRunLead are actively recruiting women into politics, and it's working. In April, A Plus reported that 11,000 women had contacted EMILY's List to express interest in running a political campaign.

Warren, too, is doing her best to make sure that number continues to grow.

"I believe we need more women to get involved in politics," she said. "We need you to run for office, to make your voices heard, and to fight for what you believe in. That's how we're going to make real change – together."

Cover photo: Reuters / YURI GRIPAS.


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