How do we Advocate?

Advocate for more women in Public Office!

written by Andrea Patterson, OBW Editor

We could donate to a campaign, put up signs, canvas geographic areas, make phone call - help women candidates running for office.  But, how do we get YOUNG WOMEN interested in, knowledgeable about and motivated to move forward with a career in public office?


Here are two ideas for places to start. 



Introduce young women to CAWP and Ready to Run®, a national network of non-partisan campaign training programs committed to electing more women to public office.


Per the CAWP website, "research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible.  Women bring different priorities and experiences to public life, including perspectives that have been largely absent in public policymaking.  Women change the way government works, and their voices are needed around the country.  Ready to Run® is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways.  CAWP's model curriculum covers fundraising, positioning oneself for elected office, navigating the political party structure, media training, the nuts and bolts of organizing a campaign, mobilizing voters, and crafting a message".

The Ready to Run® partner for OHIO is The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University.

Contact Shadia Jallaq for more information.

Please visit the CAWP website for details:


Many BPW locals across the state of Ohio provide donations to Buckeye Girls State and help to promote this worthy program.

BUCKEYE GIRLS STATE is Ohio's Girls State Program, which was designed to educate Ohio's young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.  By getting involved in the process, Delegates can learn about city, county, and state government in one week.

The Ohio American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored this program for over 74 years.

American Legion Auxiliary Units, assisted by high school principals and guidance counselors, evaluate potential leadership qualities of young women to be interviewed for selection as delegates or alternates.  Candidate criteria includes completion of their Junior year of high school.

Goals of the program include: Developing leadership and pride, educate about our system of government, instill a greater understanding of American traditions and stimulate a desire to maintain our government process.

A typical session includes: Citizens are divided into two mythical political "parties".  The parties do not reflect the two major political parties in today's system, but allow citizens to gain a special knowledge of how the system works.  Elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions.  Activities include government workshops, legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, debating and voting.  The citizens also receive instruction in Parliamentary Procedure.  This "hands on" method is unique and extremely effective.  Girls State affords participants an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens by informing them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship and hopefully encourages their participation in the democratic process as they progress into adulthood.  Additional activities include: Journalism. law enforcement, music, field trips, group devotions, and patriotic ceremonies.

What are the benefits of attending Girls State?  Through hands-on experience young women learn the mechanics of local and state government along with citizenship and patriotism; gain self-confidence, poise and character.   Attendance also makes participants eligible to apply or be selected for awards, honors and scholarships.

For more information, to donate, or volunteer please contact:

American Legion Auxiliary

Buckeye Girls State

PO Box 2760

Zanesville, Ohio 43702-2760

(740) 452-8245