We need more women in Congress. Until more women run for office, things won’t change.
This was the sentiment expressed by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in an interview with New York magazine. The long-time women’s right’s advocate leads by example in highlighting the critical importance of women occupying decision-making roles. “Just telling women: If you don’t speak up, things aren’t gonna change,” the New York Democrat said. “If you don’t become an advocate, it’s not gonna change. If you don’t vote, it’s not gonna change. If you don’t run, it’s not gonna change.”
Through her fundraising and Off the Sidelines PAC — her movement designed to empower women to have their voices heard- Gillibrand has raised nearly $6 million for female candidates over the past five years. On top of that she has also written a book, Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World aimed at inspiring other women to speak up about the issues they care about. Speaking to New York magazine, she said she was tired of seeing only men running for office. “I can’t tell you how many 30-year-old dudes believe they should be senator or president,” she said. “Women, we’re like, ‘Well, maybe after 10 years of working …’ No. Just run for the office you want to run for and run on the issue you want to fix.”
Speaking at a recent event at the Manhattan women’s club, the Wing, she said of those harboring political ambitions, “I will help you run.”
With speculation circulating that Gillibrand might consider running for president in 2020, could she be the woman to finally break that toughest glass ceiling?