Late one rainy night, with only a few hours left to vote for the federal budget, a U.S. Congresswoman was called to the table for a last-ditch budget meeting. She walked into the room full of men who had just finalized a compromise. They needed her vote to move forward. She asked, “does this budget provide funding for Planned Parenthood?” “No,” responded the Congressmen. “Call me when it does,” she replied as she walked out of the room.
When discussing whether to include maternity care in the Affordable Care Act, a male Senator quipped that his father didn’t need maternity care when he was born. One of his female colleagues, and the only woman at the table, responded that his father might not have needed it, but his mother certainly did. And with that, maternity care was included in Obamacare.
And who could forget that it was only women Senators, pages, and parliamentarians who showed up to work after the epic D.C. snow storm in 2016.
In the era of President Trump, donations to Planned Parenthood and their sister organizations are on the rise, and rightly so. While these stories highlight the successes we can achieve by standing up for what we believe and coming together to support significant issues and organizations, they also exemplify the necessity of electing more women!
Only 6 of 50 U.S. Governors are women. Only 21 of 100 U.S. Senators are women. Only 84 of 435 U.S. Representatives are women. And we still haven’t had a woman President.
Women cite money as the number one barrier to running for office. Women spend as much money as men on everything, except politics. The time to change that is NOW!
I founded InvestHER with my friend, Jennifer Benson, to build a network of young professionals who care, who are engaged, and who are committed to supporting women running for office. We want to build a community of friends by hosting monthly events where members will have the opportunity to meet and support our Colorado women leaders. We will provide candidate profiles to equip you with the knowledge to help you support the strong women running for office near you. We will also publish regular blog posts, by a variety of contributors, to keep you up-to-date on the latest news!
The results of the 2016 elections impelled us to create an organization to help women achieve and bring women’s voices, voices like our own, to power. We hope you join us.
Written by Jordan Henry, FoundHER of InvestHER.