By Jessica N. Grounds, Director of the Women’s Office, Ready for Hillary
In November of 2013, I left a position I absolutely loved. But I left for one very important reason, to help Hillary Clinton become the first woman president if she decides to run. During my career, I have dedicated my work to empowering women to be political leaders. I’ve specifically focused on young women through my work with Running Start and Women Under Forty PAC, addressing the critical job of getting our girls and young women to see themselves as leaders. But when I was presented with the opportunity to rally women to stand with Hillary, I couldn’t pass it up.
Ready for Hillary is a grassroots movement of supporters from across the country who are encouraging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. We are building a network of supporters ready to be activated if she decides to run for the highest office in the land. To date we have nearly 2,000,000 supporters and over 50,000 donors. I know deeply that women from all over the country have been inspired by Hillary’s leadership, and our efforts are working to bring women together so that her decision to run might come a little easier.
In many ways, there is great opportunity to engage and connect women in the United States around a common goal. I have seen an upswing in the conversations nationally and internationally about the power and role of women in public life, particularly in politics. This discussion throughout the social conscious of Americans offers a prime moment to connect women around the common goal of supporting Hillary Clinton. I believe women will be the key to the success of Ready for Hillary, and Hillary’s potential campaign for president.
This March we are launching a nationwide effort to engage, inspire, and equip women to support Ready for Hillary. On March 6 in Washington, DC, we’ll launch our first women’s event entitled: Her Voice, Her Values, Our Movement: A Conversation in our Nation’s Capitol. Supporters will hear from women who have worked with Hillary during their career. They will talk about how Hillary shares our values and has acted as an agent of change throughout her career, particularly in advancing the rights of women and girls. Supporters will also hear about why it is so important that we mobilize a grassroots movement of women. We want to encourage women in the audience to activate their network of friends, co-workers, and family members so that when it comes time for Hillary to make her decision, she will have an army of supporters ready to support her campaign.
During the month, we’ll also ask women to start introducing their friends to our efforts by hosting house parties. We want women from all backgrounds and generations to host these parties in their homes across the country. We want women to discuss how Hillary shares our values and talk about how Hillary’s leadership has inspired us to believe that our voices matter. While we’re encouraging these efforts, we know that this movement is all about the women in our country who are willing to gather together to stand with her. Keep an eye on what’s happening across the country, and of course join us!
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