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.
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)