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New Year’s Resolution: Encourage More MI Women to Run…for Office

January 3, 2008

Ann Arbor, MI – "Running and exercise" are typical resolutions for the New Year and for one Ann Arbor group, that means 2008 will see a woman "running" for office, and female voters "exercising" their right to vote. MI List co-founder and executive director Barb Fuller believes there's inspiration in the Iowa caucuses today because a woman is running on a major party ticket for president.

"I believe women reach a point where they say to themselves, 'I can do that. I'm as smart as they are. Politics is not as mysterious as I thought.'"

Fuller believes women can be discouraged from running for office because they see politics as a male-dominated, cutthroat profession. Additionally, women typically have more responsibilities in terms of taking care of the family and household.

"Women have to feel as though their personal lives can absorb the disruption. We take care of a lot of people, things and activities."

Fuller says a Rutgers study shows one major factor in women running for office is whether someone asks them to become a candidate. Research shows women historically have been less likely than men to be recruited.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MI