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Program Aims to Teach Women Preparation for Political Campaigns

By: Brit Moorer Email
By: Brit Moorer Email

February 1, 2014

A few organizations came together Saturday to "Elect Her," a program created to give women a tool kit to run for elected office in the future.

More than 60 undergraduates from Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia gathered at the Darden School of Business to take part in the political training.

The program gives an inside look at the plan of action needed to run for student government positions.

Most of the curriculum focused on creating campaign strategies and preparing short campaign speeches.

"We want them to walk out at the end of the day knowing a little bit about their own student government and how to get involved on their campus, but most of it is messaging," said Susannah Wellford, the president and founder of co-organizer Running Start. "We're trying to get these young women to walk out with a concrete, concise message."

More than 50 schools across the country are involved in the Elect Her program.

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