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We’re in it for the Long Haul: Electing Women to Public Office a Conversation with Sarah Preston, Executive Director, Lillian’s List.org

Are you a progressive-minded woman from North Carolina considering a run for public office-- from town council to the United States Senate or anywhere in between? Or, do you know someone whom you believe would make a good political leader? 


If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, then let me introduce you to Lillian’s List, a not-for-profit dedicated to electing pro-choice, progressive women to public office.


It turns out that as many as 20 states---including North Carolina---have organizations devoted to electing more progressive women to office.  Heck, women make up 51% of the US population, but recent statistics indicate that women hold only about 30% of elected offices nationwide.  

If you happen to be a resident of North Carolina----where women make up 54% of the population, but hold only 25% of elective offices---and you want to throw your hat in the ring, you turn to Lillian’s List for guidance, training and support.  

I recently spoke to Sarah Preston, Executive Director of Lillian’s List to get the inside scoop on what a woman needs to know if she wants to make jump into the political arena. 


We also chat about:

  • The dynamic women who established Lillian’s List and their guiding mission.
  • The biggest fears women have when considering a run for public office.
  • The biggest campaign challenges a female candidate might face. 
  • What training, support and encouragement are available to the female candidate.
  • Why Lillian’s List coordinates with similar organizations in other states and why have state-level organizations at all?
  • How to know if you have what it takes.
  • Recruiting-----How to spot the leader next door, and what to do when you do. 

   And so much more… 


According to Sarah, “Lillian’s List was established to give women a seat at the table.” “Pay equity, reproductive rights, education -- these are women’s issues, and women need to be represented at all levels of government.” “We know it won’t happen overnight,” she continued.  “As Jan Allen, one of the co-founders of Lillian’s List often said, “‘We’re in it for the long haul’.” 


Find out more about Liilian’s List, what you need to know if you are considering a run for office, or how to support Lillian’s List, please visit their website, www.LilliansList.org.