Letter to the editor: We need more women in office at every level

For every reason to not run for office, there are many reasons why Vermont women should.

The decision to run for public office can seem daunting. That’s especially true for women, who are starkly underrepresented at every level of Vermont government and face unique challenges as candidates.

However, for every reason to not run for office, there are many reasons why Vermont women should.

Maybe she feels like her needs and her family’s needs aren’t being prioritized by a Legislature that’s majority male. Another might be a retired teacher who can bring expertise and energy to her local school board. Others might simply look at the gender inequality in offices across Vermont and think, “Hey — our voices are needed too.”

Emerge Vermont is an organization that helps women build the skills, confidence and networks necessary to run for office and win. We provide a comprehensive training program where women who want to serve their communities and their state come together to learn and support each other. We have well over 200 alums and trainees whose reason to train with us was a desire to create positive change in their communities.

Vermont needs more passionate, qualified women in office. At Emerge Vermont, we recruit and train Democratic women because we have confidence in their potential and know the value they bring to government at every level. Our programs give women the skills they need to take the plunge into politics.

We’re currently recruiting for our next class. If you or a woman you know already has their reason to run, applications are available here. We’ll take it from there.

Elaine Haney
Executive Director, Emerge Vermont