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To run or not to run for office: The female factor

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As midterms approach, female candidates lag behind their male counterparts. A recent panel of women elected officials revealed some interesting observations. Women:

• Are often asked multiple times to run; men jump in.

• Are uncomfortable fundraising for themselves.

• Are more collaborative, poised to achieve better results.

• Prepare comprehensively for debates.

While some believe men are afraid of successful women, the most successful women rely on their own strengths rather than emulate men. States like Louisiana that struggle with pay equity, health benefits and domestic violence must elect qualified women to claim a seat at the table, while seeking more male advocates.

Betsie Gambel, Gambel Communications

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