52 Reasons


This episode features VoteRunLead, a national nonpartisan organization that supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders. Whether you are male or female, this episode is worth a listen.

In this episode, we chat with Erin Vilardi, Founder and Executive Director of VoteRunLead. Erin recently caught up with Soledad O’Brien on Matter of Fact to discuss the aftermath of the Women’s Marches that took place on January 21, 2017 and what this potential new women’s movement can mean. Be sure to check it out here:

In this episode we chat with Erin about the opportunities for women to step into their own power as civic and political leaders as they join a global movement to further engage in what is happening at a local and national level. Erin talks about the sheer lack of women in politics both at a local and national level. In fact, she actually shares the current ratio of men versus women in politics, and you may be surprised to learn (I know the team at 52 Reasons sure was shocked!) that there are only four (4) female governors in the United States at present. We chat with Erin about how we can get these numbers to change and the importance of the female voice in leadership of our communities and country. We also discuss how having a female presidential candidate was actually a challenge for VoteRunLead. You’ll learn about ways that you can become more civically engaged in your own community or perhaps help a friend who is on the fence take the plunge into a leadership role.

Part of making a difference is truly being an informed and educated citizen, VoteRunLead is making a huge difference day in and day out in helping women across our country achieve this. Get involved today by clicking on the DONATE or ACT button. We’ve got several easy options for you…all you need to do is be brave and click.

Perhaps one of our listeners will someday help break the glass ceiling, no matter who you voted for, we do believe that Hilary Clinton did indeed say it better than we could in her concession speech,

“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And to all the little girl whose are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”





Ways You Can Act

  1. Share the video of the VoteRunLead training session, “This is How You Run for Office” with your network.
  2. Invite a woman to run (or if you think you might be the one, tell VRL right here, right now).
  3. Become a social media maven for VRL: follow VoteRunLead on Facebook, tag your friends or share on Twitter. Here’s a VRL PRO TIP: Be sure to follow other government leaders you want to connect with on social media, too.
  4. Get Local: Go to a local government meeting. Most city council, school board and county meetings are public and have times where constituents can speak out or ask a question.
  5. Know Who Represents You (these are seats you can run for, too!). VRL suggests that you use Ballotpedia or a simple Google search to find out who your local elected official is.


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