Rep. Diane Rusell (D-Portland) Featured in Forbes Article

Posted on November 2, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |


A few snips
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LB: As of June 2009, women constituted fewer than 17% of the US House of Representatives, only up 4% from the last decade. Why do you believe there is such a slow growth rate in politics versus other professions?DR: I believe it has to do with how we are cultured. Women often must be asked to run for office because 1. they don’t believe they are qualified or 2. we are cultured not to “toot our own horn,” a prominent necessity in running for office. While women tend to run for office to solve a problem or address an issue, men often run because it’s the next step in their career. This demonstrates how political office feels like the natural “next step” for men whereas it takes a concrete reason for a woman to run for office ~ an extra barrier if you will.

Interestingly enough, I ran because I wanted to make sure Mainers could heat their homes and have become a fierce advocate of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Emerge America is working to educate Democratic women interested in politics and foster a mentorship program to help move women into elected office and it is working. Many of the House Democratic women in Maine are Emerge alumna as is Jessica King, Senator-Elect in the WI State Senate.

A good article with a detailed shout-out to Opportunity Maine, the organization to which Russell was a founding board member.

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