Whether you actively discuss politics or not, our ideas about leadership are shaped by those around us. You can be a vehicle for change simply by having thoughtful conversations with the people in your life about the importance of 50/50 representation. So let’s talk about it!
Getting the conversation started with kids:
Even if you don't discuss politics in your home, children absorb information all the time. Through guided conversations, we can can help our kids understand the importance of 50/50 representation and see themselves as our future leaders!
Start by asking what they know about it.
Talking to your kids about 50/50 is easy! If you're having trouble figuring out where to begin, try starting the conversation with the prompt below.
Show a picture of the current Congress (such as the one below) to your kids or children you care for. As they look over the picture, ask them a few questions to get them thinking about 50/50 representation.
How do you think men and women work together to make laws and help run the country? How might that change if the picture is half men and half women? Share what you think.
Ask your daughter if she can imagine running for office someday.
Get the conversation started with the young women in your life! Fostering leadership in girls not only builds confidence and sets girls up for success, but builds a future pipeline of women officeholders!
She Should Run Parents’ Course, including discussion and activities:
- The She Should Run Parents' Course is a three-lesson guide for fostering leadership in young girls. The course activities are designed for girls aged five and nine, while the course readings are relevant for girls of all ages.
- Lessons are comprised of activities, readings, and tips for conversation. Lessons are organized around goals: sparking girls' interest and curiosity in politics and public service; confidence building; and fostering and encouraging leadership.
IGNITE Toolkit: How to Engage Your Preteen Daughter in Politics
- The IGNITE Toolkit for pre-teens includes conversation guides for talking to pre-teens about two discussion topics: women as political leaders and dissecting social issues.
- The Toolkit also provides activities, including watching a debate and volunteering in your community
IGNITE Toolkit: How to Engage your Teen Daughter in Politics
- The IGNITE Toolkit for teens includes conversation guides for talking to teenagers about two discussion topics: women as political leaders and dissecting social issues.
- The Toolkit also provides activities, including watching a film about women in politics and volunteering for a candidate.
Talking about 50/50 representation with friends and family:
The conversation doesn't end with kids! Start a conversation with the people in your life about the importance of 50/50 representation. Want to take further action? Take our 50/50 Pledge and share it with your network!
Questions to get the conversation started:
- What advantages do you see with 50/50 representation, in your life and in the lives of loved ones?
- What evidence do you see of qualities that women bring to the table that are missing from our political dialogue?
- When you look at our elected officials, do you see yourself or the women you love represented?