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Right Women, Right Now (Kay Ivey)

  |   By: Kay Ivey     |   Letters to the Editor

When I entered college in the 60s, women generally had three choices: teacher, nurse, or homemaker — very worthy occupations and endeavors, but what if you wanted to become an accountant? A doctor? An engineer? Or run for office? Those options were not readily available. 50 years later, trends have evolved to women’s benefit. In fact, more women than men now graduate from college. More women are the breadwinners than ever before and more women hold political office than ever in history. These are significant strides, but there are still advances to be made and a part of our history, an old habit, that’s hard to break. Whether it’s positive or negative, most women are raised with the notion that we have to be asked to go to the dance, even if we really want to go. A recent study on women supports this idea. It reveals 7 out of 10 women would consider running for political office, if asked. So we need to get better at asking. That’s why I am supporting a national effort to recruit the Right Women, Right Now.

The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association and Republican State Leadership Committee are leading the charge. Qualified and capable women across the nation are being asked to run for office and serve as leaders in our state governments. They are being trained and supported with the resources of Right Women, Right Now.

Women possess all of the necessary qualities and skills to be elected and serve as outstanding public servants, but they have to make the commitment when asked. The movement is gaining traction. Right Women, Right Now has already surpassed its goal of 300 first time women candidates well ahead of the filing deadlines for candidates across the nation, but there’s room for more. In Alabama, women currently hold a small proportion of elected offices available. On average, only 2 in 10 elected offices are held by women. This provides a tremendous opportunity for ambitious women who are willing to say yes.

When I was elected in 2010, I became the second female Lieutenant Governor in our state’s history and the first Republican woman.

There has never been a better time for the right women to make a difference in the public sector than right now. And they can do it in more ways than one. Women are not just capable of being effective leaders; they are capable of deciding elections. Women outnumber men among registered voters nationwide and female voters have exceeded the number of male voters in every election since 1980. The power of the woman voter is undeniable. By harnessing that power and recruiting and supporting the right candidates, the woeful underrepresentation of women in state government can be reversed.

Learn more about Right Women, Right Now

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Kay Ivey currently serves as the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.