Few women are in high-level, high-paying private-sector leadership positions in this country. Just 5.4 percent of all Fortune 500 CEOs, for example, are women, according to the Pew Research Center. In the public sector, the percentage is a little higher, but not by much.
Following last year's elections, more women are showing interest in running for elected office. If the thousands of women who have participated in online and in-person campaign training programs in recent months actually take the next step and declare their candidacy, it may make a big difference in our representative democracy. Research has shown that when women run, women win; the reason there aren't more women in office is not due to female candidates losing, but rather to a lack of female candidates running in the first place.