A new national organization coming to Bloomington seeks to train young progressive women to run for office.
Rise to Run is a grassroots, community-based organization focused solely on high-school and college-aged women.
Co-coordinator for Rise to Run Bloomington Rachel Guglielmo says Bloomington was an ideal location for their recruitment efforts.
“Bloomington is known for its progressive politics but it’s also known for a very broad representation of women in its city and county government,” Guglielmo says.
Guglielmo says Rise to Run wants to make politics a viable option for young women.
According to the Center for Women and American Politics, the average age of American women who run for office is 47.
The organization also stresses the importance of diversity among its ranks. Its first action in Bloomington will be to recruit a diverse advisory board of female leaders.
“We put a very high premium on diversity in the program,” Guglielmo says. “We are looking to recruit a very diverse group of young women with a very broad set of experiences and backgrounds.”
Rise to Run launched other pilot initiatives in Durham, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin; and San Francisco, California. Their hope is to expand across all 50 states.