The Oasis Center for Women & Girls is hosting a
conference for women who want to run for elected office.
The Oasis Center for Women & Girls has announced the 2017 Women Can Run! conference. Women can Run! is a nonpartisan program which encourages and trains women to run for public office.
On September 1-3, 2017, The Oasis Center will host the Women Can Run! conference in downtown Tallahassee.
This event is an opportunity for Florida’s women to learn more about elected leadership and get prepared to launch campaigns in the future. Speakers and trainers will include currently and formerly elected women, campaign strategists, and political scientists.
Women are dramatically underrepresented in elected leadership nationwide. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, women hold only 19% of the 535 seats in the U.S. Congress, less than 25% of state legislators in the U.S. are women, and only 21% of mayors of U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 and above are women. Women of color are represented in public office at even lower rates than women overall.
The Oasis Center for Women & Girls is committed to addressing this issue.
“The research demonstrates that when women run, we win at rates comparable to men. Therefore, each and every one of us can help increase women’s representation in elected leadership by encouraging more women to throw their hat in the ring,” said Haley Cutler-Seeber, Executive Director.
Registration for the event is now open and will close August 15th.
- Women should register before July 15th for the $175 early bird special rate
- Regular registration is $225 and will close August 15th
- Reduced-fee registration scholarships are available
The conference will also have a Children’s Program for kids ages 0-13 to help make participation in the event more accessible to mothers.
“Choosing to run for office is a life-changing decision and one that can contribute to positive social change locally, statewide and nationally. The Women Can Run! program helps women from all walks of life prepare to launch successful campaigns in the future,” said Cutler-Seeber.
The Women Can Run! conference will have two tracks with breakout sessions to help participants reach their goals:
- Track 1 – I’m Not Ready to Run Yet, But… for women who want to learn more about positioning themselves for public leadership in the more distant future.
- Track 2 – I’m Ready to Run, Now What? for women planning to run for office in the immediate future.
The Women Can Run! program is a member of the Ready to Run® National Network, a project of the Center for American Women and Politics.
The Oasis Center for Women & Girls is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to “improve the lives of women and girls through celebration and support.” More information about the Women Can Run! conference and a link to register is available at www.WomenCanRun.org.