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Ready to Run Seeks More Women in Government

Ready to Run NEPA, the nonpartisan program that trains women to become more involved in government, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall on The University of Scranton’s campus. (photo above: Jean Harris, Ph.D.)
September 7, 2017

Women in northeastern and central Pennsylvania who want to become more involved in government can attend Ready to Run NEPA Program at The University of Scranton Saturday, Oct. 14. The nonpartisan training session, open to women in Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties, is titled “Wanted: More Women in Government.” The daylong program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall on the University’s campus.

The Ready to Run program, first developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, trains women to run for office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office or get more politically engaged in their community. Participants will learn from elected and appointed women leaders, campaign consultants and scholars with expertise on government and politics. They will also receive insight on the different perceptions voters have of the credibility of women and men candidates, advice for becoming a credible and viable candidate, fundraising and media skills and the inspiration to launch a political campaign.

Registration is required to attend and fees vary. A limited number of partial scholarships are also available. For additional information visit Scranton.edu/readytorun, call 570-941-7520 or email linda.walsh@scranton.edu.

Across the country, women are beginning to run for office in record numbers. Can it happen in Pennsylvania where only 18% of state legislators are women and there are no women congressional members? The Ready to Run Northeast PA program is a non-partisan, day-long program offering essential information and training to women interested in becoming more involved in government. The program will be held Saturday, October 14, at The University of Scranton. For information visit Scranton.edu/readytorun

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