At Least 500 Women Signed Up to Train for Office After Yesterday’s Marches
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At Least 500 Women Signed Up to Train for Office After Yesterday’s Marches

America (and the world, really) had a pretty amazing day yesterday when we united  as one to make our voices heard re: women’s rights. The Women’s Marches may be over now, but the spirit of that day doesn’t have to be: not by a long shot.

President Trump has recognized the rights of the people to peacefully protest, but there’s still plenty of battles to be won, and much to be done to make sure that happens.

One organization in particular, EMILY’S List, took it one step further. While the group regularly works to get pro-choice, diverse groups (both in race and sexual orientation) of women elected to office (US Senators Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris —vboth of whom were at the Women’s March yesterday — and Patty Murray are among their featured candidates), today was something extraordinary.

Following the Women’s Marches and on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, they held a “Getting Ready to Run” training session, and the interest they received was utterly thrilling: A group of 500 women signed up to learn how to actually become a part of the machine they’re unhappy with in an effort to make a lasting change.

“Today, we trained 500 women to run for office,” the company shared on its Instagram page. “They’re first-time candidates, driven by this election to make their voices heard. And we can’t wait to see everything they accomplish. Keep an eye out for them on a ballot near you soon! #ReadytoRun.”

How freaking cool is that? They say every cloud has a silver lining, and if having more bright, kick-ass and diverse females representing us is the lining of a cloud that has been our gender issue struggles, we are HERE for it.

Go get ’em, ladies — we can’t wait to see you on the ballot!

Would you run for office if you got training? Tell us why or why not @BritandCo

(h/t @emilyslist, photos via Paul Morigi/Getty)