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Nonpartisan organization aims to increase number of women in elected office




Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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There are half a million elected positions in the United States, but less than a quarter are currently held by women.

And in California, the numbers are just as bad. Just 26 out of 120 state lawmakers are female - that's a 20-year-low.

Nonpartisan group She Should Run is working to boost these numbers. 

They're hoping to increase the number of women in elected office to two hundred and fifty thousand, or half of all elected positions, by 2030. 

Erin Loos Cutraro is the Founder and CEO of She Should Run. 

"We're just not seeing the increase in the number of women serving that we want to see, so there's some real disconnect in the very beginning stage on the number of women who are even considering running for office in the first place... She Should Run's mission is to expand the talent pool of women running by offering a community, and offering resources and growth opportunities for women who are thinking about running. So much of the narrative right now about this really interesting surge in women that we've seen step up to run since the 2016 election is focused on 2018... Frankly, I don't think we will see huge changes in the percentages of women serving. Change is going to take time, it is not going to happen overnight."

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