Column: Send a clear message by taking a girl to the polls

Although there are high-profile women running for office across the country, women still are underrepresented throughout all our government ranks.

The United States is currently ranked 39th in political empowerment by the World Economic Forum. Each of us has an opportunity and a responsibility this November to influence change in this area with two simple actions: 1) vote, and 2) when you do, bring a girl with you.

Women vote more than men but are less likely to contact elected officials, contribute to political campaigns and say they are interested in public affairs. They hold a mere 16.6 percent of U.S. congressional seats and only 21.1 percent of statewide executive positions. Representation of women of color is even lower: 4.5 percent of Congress, including no senators, and only 3.5 percent of statewide executives.

Today’s girls are tomorrow’s citizens, mothers and workforce. It’s clear that many lack role models in the political arena. If girls view running for office as boring, only for older people or otherwise out of reach, we all lose out on the power of their voices and their potential.

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