Six Governors. 20 Percent Of Congress. Why Aren’t More Women In Elected Office?
We all know politics is pricey, especially here in Illinois. According to Politico, the emerging battle between Governor Bruce Rauner and his field of Democratic challengers is on track to be the most expensive governor’s race in the nation’s history. All those challengers are men, but there’s a movement afoot to get more women to run for office — and to win. In fact, after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, even more grassroots organizations are getting involved.
Morning Shift talks to two women in politics about these efforts. Katelynd Duncan is founder of KJD Strategies, a political strategy firm. She had an op-ed in Crain’s Chicago Business Wednesday where she explained how fundraising often keeps women out of office. Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, who runs Off the Sidelines Chicago, a non-partisan platform that works to get women involved in policy, politics and civic action, also joins the show.