League of Women Voters Workshop Inspires Future Female Leaders

The League of Women Voters of Burlington County became the 5th local League to hold the Running & Winning Workshop, joining Camden, the Greater Red Bank Area, Mountain Lakes, and Cape May. “Running & Winning”, a workshop these local Leagues hold annually or every other year, is an amazing day-long League program that encourages high school girls to consider a political career.

Participants are given the opportunity to interview female elected officials and female political operatives. The young women also participate in a mock campaign that involves working in teams to research and take a position on a policy issue, design campaign slogans, and deliver a speech.

Watch the video below to see the girls’ reactions to the Burlington County program.

(Thank you to the Alice Paul Institute for providing this video and for cosponsoring the workshop with the League of Women Voters of Burlington County.)

The League of Women Voters of Camden County recently held their 13th Running & Winning Workshop at Cherry Hill East. The young women there created a campaign to run for a Board of Education seat and were asked to address school bullying. In a recent interview about the program, League of Women Voters of Camden County President Harriet Snyder said, “the day’s activities gave the young students a real voice in today’s society. In a culture where women wait to be asked to do something the group focuses on empowering women to have their voices heard.”

This week at Cape May County Tech School, the League of Women Voters of Cape May County will hold their Running & Winning Workshop. Juniors and Seniors are invited from every high school in the county. The young women will run for Mayor and work in teams to design campaign platforms on an issue of their choosing. You can see pictures from a past Cape May County Running & Winning here.

This Friday, the League of Women Voters of the Greater Red Bank Area will hold its 6th Running & Winning Workshop. You can see photos of past events here. Greater Red Bank Area League member Barbara Goldstein shared, “The League of Women Voters of the Greater Red Bank Area and our co-sponsors – Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah, AAUW- Northern Monmouth County Branch, and Junior League of Monmouth County – are looking forward to our 6th annual Running and Winning Workshop. We anticipate that the 64 high school junior young women and 12 teachers from 11 local high schools will enjoy meeting and interviewing a variety of Women in Government and then as groups developing and presenting campaign speeches related to this years’ topic, FOOD RIGHTS…who chooses what we eat in school.”

The League of Women Voters of Mountain Lakes holds its workshop every other year and is busy planning for next spring.

Start Your Own Running and Winning Program

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has created a step-by-step guide to planning and running the workshop. It includes letter templates to invite female elected officials and political operatives, “issue papers” for the young women to use to create their campaigns, and more. The Running & Winning Workshop has become so popular that Leagues and organizations in other states have requested the toolkit to kick start their own programs.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is eager to expand this valuable and inspirational program to more areas around the state so that even more young women will begin to consider a career in politics and is offering $500 of seed funding.  Funding from the Fund for New Jersey has made it possible to expand this inspirational and important program.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with the League to start a Running & Winning program in your area please contact Jesse Burns, LWVNJ Director of Communications and Projects at jburns@lwvnj.org.

 

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