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If you are already a party leader, take the time to mentor women who could come along the leadership ladder with you.
Volunteer on a campaign. Take the time to volunteer and learn as much as you can about the campaign and political campaign organizing. Take a campaign training class (see #1.) Party leaders and elected officials will be grateful for your help, and will soon look to you as a leader.
Talk to an elected woman or a woman party leader. Make an appointment or, if you know her personally, invite her for a cup of coffee. Ask her these questions: why did you run? What is the best thing about public service? How can I be of help to you?
Give money to women candidates. Even if they don't live in your district, it's worth supporting women candidates whose values match yours.
Give money to advocacy organizations focused on issues you believe in. Pick at least one or two causes that are most important to you, and find the organizations that best meet your goals on those issues. Sign up to be a regular supporter + remember, no amount is too small.
Become a Citizen Lobbyist. Write, email and call your elected officials. The only way they know how you feel about an issue is if they hear from you. Find out WHO your state and local representatives are, and make a point to contact them about state and local issues.
Advocate as a team. Elected officials may not have time to meet with every constituent, but they and their staff do often meet with groups of concerned citizens. Form a group around an issue and request a meeting.
Find your own public voice. Lots of people are nervous about public speaking, but you have to be able to articulate your message and inspire your audience. There are five Toastmasters clubs in Rockford. Join one and start practicing!
Thank you to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos for sharing this wonderful list encouraging women to become involved.