Why Are Women Still Not Running for Public Office?



A Celebration of Women…

urges the Women of our World that ‘are’ in a position to hold office, to Take Action!


 There must be more female participation in Public Office.

If  any of the women in this world truly expect to see any form of positive change in the structure of government anywhere in this world, there must be more Women in Public Office.  Women can run in a variance of Public Positions ie. Trustees at school boards,  Union Representatives, Municipal, Provincial, State, Provincial, Federal, etc.   Whatever the position that is of interest and holds a spot close to your heart, take the bull by the horns and RUN for OFFICE. 


 In honor of the pioneers of the Suffrage Movement, we call on all women with the ability, education, interest, means, professional experience, professional status, support and time, to Take the Plunge!




In our opinion, government of all countries should have at least 50% Women (even if men like Canadian journalist Paul Harris thinks all government should be holding 100% women). Statistics today, dictate that on a global average, there are less than 20% women holding public office. These percentages will never allow changes to take place , making all the efforts of so many around the world almost futile. If the women of this world are sincerely fighting for Dignity, Equality, Respect, and a Secure Environment to grow and live; then, those with the ability must Take Action and run for public office, in whatever capacity available in one’s district, in one’s country.


ARTICLE found in Brookings, 2008 dictated, and we decided to share today with the Women of our World.



Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study

Executive Summary


Extensive research shows that when women run for office, they perform just as well as men. Yet women remain severely under-represented in our political institutions. In this report, we argue that the fundamental reason for women’s under-representation is that they do not run for office. There is a substantial gender gap in political ambition; men tend to have it, and women don’t.

Our results are based on the Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study, a research project we have been conducting over the course of the last seven years. In 2001, we surveyed more than 3,700 lawyers, business leaders and executives, educators, and political activists about whether they ever considered running for office. We re-surveyed more than 2,000 of these individuals in 2008. Because we surveyed well-matched pools of men and women who work in professions that most typically precede a political candidacy, we can provide the first comprehensive investigation of the process by which women and men decide to enter the electoral arena. We can also determine the extent to which political ambition has changed over time.

We offer clear and compelling evidence that women, even in the highest tiers of professional accomplishment, are substantially less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to seek elected office. These results hold regardless of age, partisan affiliation, income and profession. In addition, despite the historic events of the last seven years – such as the war in Iraq, frustration with the political process, and the emergence of a more diverse group of political candidates and leaders – overall levels of political ambition for women and men have remained fairly constant. In 2008, men continue to enjoy more comfort, confidence and freedom than women when thinking about running for office.

We link this persistent gender gap in political ambition to several factors. Women are less likely than men to be willing to endure the rigors of a political campaign. They are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. They are less likely than men to have the freedom to reconcile work and family obligations with a political career. They are less likely than men to think they are “qualified” to run for office. And they are less likely than men to perceive a fair political environment.

In the end, this report documents how far from gender parity we remain, as well as the barriers and obstacles we must still overcome in order to achieve it. But our results also offer guidance to organizations and individuals seeking to increase the number of women in elected positions. Recruiting women candidates, disseminating information about the electoral environment and working with women to quell their anxiety about campaigning can help narrow the gender gap in political ambition and increase women’s numeric representation.


Source: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/

Women’s Resource: http://www.sheshouldrun.org/pages/resources/read-about-women-who-ran-and.html

WHERE WOMEN RUN: http://www.amazon.com/Where-Women-Run-Gender-American/dp/0472069349
Research on Women: http://pewsocialtrends.org/2008/08/25/men-or-women-whos-the-better-leader/


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