IGNITE is building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. They train young women from high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States. Their participants are passionate about bettering their communities, but may not always understand the role of political leadership in that process. This is where IGNITE steps in.
Women make up 51% of the population but are dramatically underrepresented in political leadership.
IGNITE solves this problem by building a movement of young women who are ready to own their fair share of political power.
IGNITE’s work revolves around teaching young women how to think critically about policy and understand where the levers of power to make change actually reside. Through their high school curriculum, college chapters, annual conferences, and elected women network, IGNITE teaches young women to become civically engaged and ultimately step into public service.
About IGNITE’s Founder, Dr. Anne Moses
As a young woman, Dr. Anne Moses, IGNITE’s Founder & President, watched as Anita Hill was eviscerated by an all-male Senate judiciary committee on national television. In that moment, she realized that until women have equal power, their rights will be ignored.
After many years working in the women’s political equity space it became clear to Anne that to achieve parity we must reach women younger, to build a pipeline of next generation leaders who are ready to run for office.
And so she started IGNITE, to build political ambition when girls and young women are forming their identities and aspirations, and to forestall the fact that, without a significant intervention, the United States won’t reach gender parity for at least another century.
Since their inception in 2010, IGNITE has established powerful evidence that its model builds political ambition in young women. They have also learned that programming is not enough: we need inspiring messages consistently reinforced and reflected in our culture – messages which convey and compel young women to be politically motivated, and to declare their political ambition.
Please join IGNITE as we create a world where women own their fair share of political power!
Women are half the population but hold only 22% of the 500,000 elected offices in the United States. We need 140,000 more women in office to have equal representation at every level of government. It starts with you! Join the thousands of young women across the country who are standing up to declare their political ambition.
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