“A Woman’s Place: House, Senate…”

“A Woman’s Place: House, Senate…”
By Sheryl McAlister, a freelance writer based in South Carolina

I read a bumper sticker some years back that said “It’s a man’s world…. unless women vote.”

It was created and distributed by Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, a group based in Hartford, CT, and focused on women’s equality. If you take a quick look at this group’s website, the latest bumper sticker reads: “A Woman’s Place is in the House, Senate & Oval Office.”

So it makes perfect sense that less than an hour’s drive away, in New Haven, CT, on the hallowed grounds of Yale University, women leaders have gathered annually for 20 years to prepare for a life of public service. This is where political careers have been launched. This is where leaders are born and nurtured. This is where women can begin to change how things get done — all over the world.

The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University is “a non-partisan, issue-neutral leadership program whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe,” according to the school’s website.

Women have entered the national political scene in unprecedented ways in the past few years, and there are more women in Congress than ever. It’s critical we keep the momentum going.

Patti Russo, the Executive Director of the WCS, believes the training the Campaign School provides is critical to a candidate’s success. She is quoted on the site as saying that in order to have women’s long-term engagement in the political process: “… the self must first be very sturdy and clear. The more we can train women in this spirit, the more women will enter politics and be able to make a positive difference in our society.”

Regardless of your age, your background or your political leanings, if you are interested in running for office or running a campaign, apply today at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.

The WCS at Yale has officially opened its application period for the summer session June 8-12, 2015, at the Yale University Law School. Tuition is $1,500, and the online application should be completed by May 1, 2015.

Additional questions can be directed to info@WCSYale.org or by calling 203.734.7385.

Copyright ©2015 Sheryl McAlister

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