It’s hard to find any sort of silver lining to the miserable 2016 election, but there is at least one thing we can feel optimistic about: Spurred by a desire to have their voices heard, thousands of women are now taking steps to enter into politics.
Since the election, more than 4,500 women have signed up for She Should Run, a recently-launched organization that trains women for public life. According to TIME, the program offers online courses on leadership and communication, offers advice on running for office, helps women build networks, and connects them to established political leaders.
Women are acutely underrepresented in American politics: they make up fewer than 20 percent of Congress and occupy fewer than 25 percent of seats in state legislatures. Erin Loos Cutraro, founder and CEO of She Should Run, told TIME that the program’s members “feel compelled and want to be part of a fabric of voices that are wanting to be heard and wanting to make the case for smarter policy solutions and be part of that.”
Read the full story at TIME.