In order for women to be qualified for public office, you need to start with these two things: passion and integrity. Everything else can be taught.
Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness, and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life the fullest extent possible.
Ultimately, passion is the driving force behind success and happiness that allows us all to live better lives.
When it comes to holding public office, passion is key.
Passion will drive you to pick up he phone to raise money and pound the pavement to get out the vote. Passion is what will motivate you to raise awareness around an issue important to you or your community. Passion cannot be taught, it must already burn within you.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Integrity is one of the most important characteristics of a good leader — especially in public office. Without integrity, you lose trust. And when you’ve lost trust, respect usually follows suit. It can be a hard line to walk at times, but it’s even more difficult to re-establish your footing after you fall.
Having integrity means not only knowing, but always doing what’s right – even when no one’s looking.
Why we need folks with integrity is an easy one — we need good people in office! Again, this is something that cannot be taught.
And that’s it. Everything else can be learned through things like volunteerism and interning, or online through our web clinics, webinar replays, and resource worksheets. You can build your political resume, but you have to get started. Now.
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
– C. S. Lewis
Women have a long list of reasons we aren’t qualified.
“I’m not qualified because I don’t have enough education. I don’t know enough about every issue. I don’t have enough professional experience.”
That doesn’t matter. You can learn the issues. Do you have passion for change? Are you a person of integrity? Great. Run! Voters vote for people they trust to make good decisions — not based on some grade you have on an imaginary test in your head. You can be taught everything else.
Women always have a long list of everything we do in life of why we’re not qualified or what we could do better. Remember that the list in your head is longer — by far — than the list other people have on you. You ARE qualified. You are passionate, and you have integrity. That’s why we need your power and your decision making at the table right, and you SHOULD run for office.