The women are coming! Although women account for more than half the population of the United States, they make up less than 25 percent of elected offices, from Congress to municipal positions. But the good news is a groundswell of women are running for office up and down the ballot and across the country. There are approximately 500,000 elected seats, and Represent will help women run at every level of office—turning “Could I do this?” into “Yes, I can!”
By Kate Black, former chief of staff at EMILY’s List and current policy advisor at the FCC, and writer, comedian, actress, and activist June Diane Raphael, Represent is a comprehensive, energetic, and inspiring guide, written with lots of voice and attitude. Structured around a 23-point document called “I’m Running for Office: The Checklist,” Represent doubles as a workbook and covers it all: Why to run for office (men do it for their careers, women do it to solve problems). Why you’re qualified—and don’t need an Ivy League law degree. How to meet the filing deadlines and other requirements for launching your candidacy. How to write an elevator pitch, which will kickstart your platform. What to do if you’re an introvert (sell people on your values, learn some key power poses and vocal tricks). Here’s how to fund-raise—with tips, techniques, and sample scripts for filling the coffers that will finance your run. How to manage social media, including troubleshooting past posts (when in doubt, delete!). Even what to wear. With infographics, profiles of female politicians, and wisdom and advice from women in office, this is a must-own for any woman thinking of running.