But as it turns out women are also much less likely to run for office than males. In a study by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox they illustrated that women consistently underestimate their qualifications and believe that they are lesser than their male counterparts who had nearly identical credentials. This shows that it is not only a matter of getting elected it is a matter of self-confidence and confidence that many women lack. They believe just because someone is a man that they are suddenly more competent. This mindset is what needs to change. Girls are powerful and they can do anything that they put their mind to; they just have to believe in themselves.
Furthermore, when in office women are not just one homogeneous group. They each are individuals with different life experiences, backgrounds, and ideologies. Despite this, females are more likely than males to introduce bills on gender equality, reproductive health, and issues affecting children and families.
To try and balance this difference civil society organizations have actively been training and supporting female candidates which has been dramatically boosted following the 2016 presidential election where Hillary Clinton, despite losing the presidency, became the first woman who was the presumptive nominee of a major party showing people everywhere that girls do have a voice and will not be silenced. In addition to thousands reaching out to organizations like the PAC EMILY’s List to express their interest in running for office, women across the country joined women’s marches for gender equality. The conversation around women’s rights and treatment in society has only been stimulated by the #MeToo movement which has sparked national debates regarding harassment that undermine women’s professional advancement.