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Raising the next generation of female political leaders.

A documentary by Kiley Lane Parker

 

Raising Ms. President is about raising the next generation of female political leaders. Studies show that when more women are at the political decision making table, their presence does make a difference, the problem is, women just don’t want to run. This documentary explores some of the reasons women don’t run for office and uncovers where political ambition begins. If we don’t have more young women envisioning themselves at the top, then asking them to run for office when they are older won’t matter. We must change the political landscape across the board, for the betterment of all people and our country.

Learn more ABOUT the film.

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”

             ― Maya Angelou

 

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TAKE ACTION

Take the pledge for parity. Representation 2020 works to raise awareness of the under-representation of women in elected office, to strengthen coalitions that are supportive of measures to increase women's representation, and to highlight the often-overlooked structural barriers to achieving gender parity in American elections. By taking this pledge you and your organization can join a task force to help create change in your community and state.

Ask a woman to run for office! Women are recruited at far lower rates than men, and need to be asked to run. By nominating yourself or another woman to lead, you’ll be joining She Should Run’s online movement, where you’ll stay informed about the state of women in public office and be provided the tools to take action.

Help send a girl to Running Start's Young Women's Political Summit. Running Start was created because women are still only a tiny fraction of elected officials and candidates for public office in the United States. To truly build the percentage of women leading in politics, we must get more women interested in running at a young age. By taking this pledge you will help a young woman spend a week in Washington D.C., giving her the tools, confidence and education needed to succeed in her political future.

Take a pledge to vote. Inspire U.S. aims to empower high school students to drive positive change in their communities by engaging in collaborative, impactful projects to address specific issues.  Two strong initiatives that the Inspired Leaders focus on include registering young people to vote and making sure that you get to the polls after you register. Women can't win if you don't vote. By taking this pledge you are pledging to vote in the upcoming election. Not yet 18? Sign up with Inspire and they'll send you a reminder and helpful tips for when you're ready.

By taking this pledge you are saying you want to end the double standard. Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys - a trend that continues into adulthood. The Girl Scouts and Sheryl Sandberg's, Lean In have joined forces to help end the double standard by providing tips to help you along the way. 

Take a pledge for solidarity. Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that requires male participation. HeForShe is a way for males to commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.

By donating to the Raising Ms. President Community Purse you pledge to give communities and schools around the country that do not have the funds to pay for licensing to screen Raising Ms. President. This grant gives the opportunity to those individuals most underserved in our nation to be inspired to lead.