Hillary Clinton Wants More Women To Run For Office, And She Makes A Convincing Argument

"To any woman who has ever asked, 'How can I have an impact?,' consider this: Run for office."

Hillary Clinton may not have won the 2016 presidential election, but she's ready to see other women take up the mantle and run for office. The former Secretary of State outlined her reasons for wanting more women in politics in a new essay for Cosmopolitan's "How to Run for Office" series.

Clinton shares how often she meets women and girls who are interested in politics or just want to make a difference in the world. "To any woman who has ever asked, 'How can I have an impact?,' consider this: Run for office."


While the desire to make women's voices heard is more than enough reason for this, Clinton also offers some research to back up why it's so important. 

"Studies show that women are particularly good at bipartisanship and building consensus. We're also more likely to champion policies that benefit women and children," she writes in the piece. "And in Congress, women introduce more legislation than their male counterparts. It's like the saying goes: 'If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.'"

Women are also just as likely to win as men, although they are less likely to run for office. Clinton understands why this may be, citing sexism and self-doubt as two issues which affected her in her own political journey (which she discusses in her new book What Happened).

"You know what? I got over it, and so can you," Clinton writes of her past thoughts about not being qualified enough.

Clinton acknowledges the difficulties and disappointments that often come with being a woman in politics, but for her, it's all worth it. She adds that it makes her "heart sing" to see how many women have shown an interest in running for office since the election, echoing the inspiring message she shared in her concession speech to write, "You are valuable and powerful. You are eminently qualified and capable. And I cannot wait to see how you use your unique gifts and skills to make your community, our country, and our world a better place."

It's true that more women are interested in running for office since the 2016 election than ever before. In April, the organization EMILY's List reported that it had heard from 11,000 women who were interested in running for school boards, state legislatures, and even Congress. As of August, that number climbed to 16,000 — bringing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's hope for a more gender-balanced government closer to reality.

Meanwhile, groups like VoteRunLead are working to teach women what they need to know to run a successful campaign. Those who have already devoured Clinton's latest book can also look forward to a handbook from actress June Diane Raphael and EMILY's List chief of staff Kate Black called Represent. The Badass Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World, to be released in 2019.

"Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America, and let's be sure we support them in every way we can," Hillary Clinton said in a speech for Girls Inc. earlier this year. "Let's help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up."

You can read Clinton's full essay on Cosmopolitan.com.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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