Photo courtesy of Ready to Run brochure

While women make up half the population, they are sorely underrepresented when it comes to holding elected office. Gains have been made of course — just last month Kathleen Kane was elected as Pennsylvania’s first female attorney general — but, we have a long way to go. PA in particular ranks very low in terms of women state legislators — we’re only ranked at 46 compared to all other states. While this is bad just on the face of it, research shows that women bring new issues to the public agenda which can benefit all.

If you are a woman who wants to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or simply learn more about the political system, Chatham University has a program for you! Ready to Run™ is a bi-partisan program that will provide you with great training from experts. You’ll leave your daylong session with:

• “How to” instructions on running for office

• Fundraising and media skills

• Real-world advice and best practices from experts

• Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership

• Inspiration to launch a campaign

• A better understanding of party politics


Vote 2010 Day of Action – July 17th 2010, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Barack Obama’s photostream

Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013. You can save $15 by registering before December 21st. You can find out more information here and download a brochure here.

Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh
When: Saturday, January 12, 2013, 8:00 am – 5:45pm
Where: Chatham University –Shadyside Campus, Pittsburgh, PA
Cost: Early-Bird Registration before December 21, 2012: $50; Registration after December 21, 2012: $65


Photo courtesy of Ready to Run™ Pittsburgh Photo Gallery