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Rep. Susan Brooks’ (R-IN) journey all started with a question, “..would you ever consider running for office?” That question planted an idea, which turned into a plan. And the plan eventually–with support and encouragement along the way– landed her in the People’s House where she currently serves Central Indiana Hoosiers. Today, Brooks is encouraging others–especially women–to consider running for elected office. In her latest op-ed published in The Hill, she discusses the importance of having women at the table — especially at a time where an agenda for a more confident America is being built.
Throughout Women’s History Month, House Republicans are celebrating the many accomplishments of women across America, many of which are thanks to courage and the confidence to step up and be risk takers.
Following are excerpts from Rep. Susan Brooks’ op-ed:
On Women Making History for Future Generations | “Even though there are a record number of women in Congress, we’re still just 20 percent of the total. In fact, many of us made history just by running. … “We need more women at all levels of government… Women have concerns that are distinct from men’s, and we have different ways of approaching problems. The more different voices we can engage in the national conversation, the better the outcome is going to be.
On Being the Change | “…[a] study found that men are 60 percent more likely than women to say they are ‘very qualified’ for office. That gap won’t change on its own. We need to make the change, and it cannot take another 100 years to do it. This Women’s History Month, I not only want to directly encourage more women to run for office, I want to encourage more Americans to ASK the women they know… By asking, we’ll find more women willing to run, and willing to change our country.”
To read the full op-ed, click here.