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Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts partner with VoteRunLead to teach women how to run for office



VoteRunLead is fresh off the heels of its national #RunAsYouAre2019 day of training of over 800 women in twenty cities across the country and over 2,000 women online. It was a historic moment in women’s leadership, but the work is only just beginning. This summer,, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts are teaming up in Fall River, Massachusetts, to engage even more women interested in running for office in an inclusive, robust, and mobilizing day of training. By combining their strengths, these three groups hope to inspire women to seek public office and provide the resources they need to succeed.

“We know that good laws are made that positively impact women and families when more women lead in government, regardless of what political party they are affiliated with,” said Kelly Nevins, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. “When we last ran this program in 2017 with 55 women, 10 took what they learned and used it to run for office in Rhode Island; six won their seats. We are pleased to partner with the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachuetts and VoteRunLead to get broader political representation throughout the region.”

This year, women are encouraged to #NominateAWoman to run for office. Nominators and their nominees will enjoy a free registration for the daylong program on July 27, to be held at Bristol Community College. The registration fee is just $10 for everyone else, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Daycare will also be provided for participants if it is needed, courtesy of the YWCA of Southeastern MA and the new Women’s Center of Bristol Community College. has trained over 35,000 women to run for office, making it the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women have participated in its award-winning workshops and training sessions. encourages women to #RunAsYouAre because they believe that by empowering women to run as they are, they will build a campaign based on their own passion, their own ideas and their own values. #RunAsYouAre2019 demonstrated what we already knew at VoteRunLead: women across the country are ready to serve their communities through public office as their unapologetic, authentic selves.

To #NominateAWoman, visit here.

To register for the program without a nomination, visit here.

[From a press release]

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The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island invests in women and girls through research, advocacy, grant making and strategic partnerships designed to advance gender equity through systemic change. Our work lays the foundation for a more equitable Rhode Island and has made our state a national leader in public policies that are good for women and families.