Despite the persistent barriers confronting women candidates some participants

Despite the persistent barriers confronting women

This preview shows page 13 - 15 out of 24 pages.

Despite the persistent barriers confronting women candidates, some participants did identify examples of places and programs where women were being encouraged to step forward, offering hope that, with concerted effort, progress in women’s recruitment might be possible. In three states, the Republican Party has developed model training programs for women aspiring to political office. The Lincoln Series in Illinois, the Lugar Series in Indiana, and the Participants spoke of party leaders who were indifferent, or even hostile, to women as candi- dates. They described behind-the-scenes decision-making and power grabs, and “the anointment” by male leaders of their male successors.
Image of page 13
14 Whitman Series in New Jersey groom Republican women for candidacies or appointments, teach them specific political skills and techniques, and provide extensive networking opportunities and contacts. Each program sets forth an expectation that participants will run for office, become active in public policy, or mentor other women after completing the program. G.O.P. women also mentioned the importance of the National Federation of Republican Women. The Federation organizes campaign management schools to help Republican women run for office, and it provides a variety of training, support and networking activities at the state level. Some governors have also contributed to the advancement of women by increasing the number of women’s appointments. Governors make thousands of appointments to high- level positions and to boards and commissions, and these can be valuable both in themselves and as stepping stones to elective office. In some states, organized groups monitor gubernatorial appointments, identify “qualified” women who should be considered, and press for increased inclusion of women in all kinds of positions. The Sue Shear Institute in Missouri (named for a longtime state legislator), for example, has developed a “talent bank” to promote women’s selection for appointive offices as one way to help women gain experience in government which can provide a foundation for subsequent electoral campaigns. Partisan Political Leadership Development Republicans in three states – Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey – have developed training programs to equip GOP women with the skills, contacts and resources needed to mount candidacies or seek high-level appointments. In each state, the program was organized by a core group of Republican women who identified a need and took the initiative. Each selects its participants from applicants who have already demonstrated leadership skills in the workplace or community. Each highlights prominent Republicans from the state, along with non-partisan experts such as journalists or community activists. All three programs provide intensive training over several months in specific political techniques, strategies and concepts.
Image of page 14
Image of page 15

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 24 pages?

  • Fall '15
  • United States Senate, United States House of Representatives

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes