Women: If We’re Not at the Table – We’re on the Menu
Women, Politics and the Unbroken Glass Ceiling – this is an important sought after keynote topic.
What is the reason for the under representation of women in positions of political leadership?
It is especially difficult for a woman to run for a government seat. They face gender stereotypes, significantly greater fundraising challenges and a lack of support from political parties.
Fundraising is usually cited as the biggest obstacle to running for a statewide or national office. A majority of women say it is difficult to raise enough money to run an effective campaign. Victoria reveals why it’s tougher for women to raise the money necessary to win.
Many women also face discrimination and gender stereotypes on the campaign trail. They are less likely to have been encouraged by parents and teachers to run for office and they are more likely to feel that they aren’t prepared – even when in cases when she is better prepared and more qualified than her man who runs for an office.
Part of the problem is that powerful “insiders” act as gatekeepers who decide which candidates are “viable.” The main (and sometimes the only) criteria used to determine “viability” is how much money a candidate has and their perceived ability to win the money race. Those are the only candidates that get the support of the heavy hitters.
Not a woman who accepts the status quo, Victoria has some ideas on how to change the system that serves to keep women down. As someone who has been there, as a twice elected official and a recent congressional candidate, Victoria Steele brings us an inside look at the challenges women face while campaigning and serving in public office. Most importantly, she tells us why it’s so important to face those challenges head-on.