Quote: Together we are changing the face of leadership.

CLARE BRESNAHAN English

Executive Director, SHE SHOULD RUN

She Should Run is a non-partisan organization that works to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the U.S. with a goal of getting at least 250,000 women to run by 2030.

Q: Describe the moment(s) that led to your decision to join SSR.

A: I first declared I wanted to be a Congresswoman in my grade school civics class. I can still remember the looks of confusion and angst from my teacher and classmates. Since then, it's become my life's work to expand what's possible for women's and girls' leadership.

Q: How do you think 250,000 women in office will change the world?

A: The ripple effect of the 15,000 women who've already raised their hands to run for office over the past year inspires me. They are redefining what it means to lead, and inspiring other women to serve. She Should Run believes that women of all political leanings, ethnicities and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership.

The very act of running changes our culture's expectations of women and makes it easier for the generation of women leaders behind them. Just imagine the ripple effect when 250,000 women run.

Among the over 500,000 elected positions in the US, women make up less than a 1/3 of our elected officials.

Q: What do you do to relax from all this hard work?

A: Thank you so much for asking this question. Taking time to renew your physical energy and emotional spirit is critical – especially for women who typically juggle so many roles. To be effective and happy is a challenge, but you can do it if you take time for yourself. I look to the simple things – spending time with family especially. I just spent an hour on the phone with my Nana. Her wisdom adds needed perspective to my days. I also love my Piloxing class which combines boxing, Pilates and dance. It’s impossible to get bored in there!