Project: Young Women Running, Winning, and Holding Office
Program: Civic Engagement Challenge — "How can we use creativity to increase civic engagement in Chattanooga?"
In high school, boys and girls report almost equal interest in politics. The gender gap increases in college, as men’s political ambition grows, while women’s fades. In Hamilton County, women represent 52% of the population, but less than 20% of the elected voice. In partnership with the League of Women Voters in Chattanooga, this project will provide a nonpartisan program for female high school students to learn about what it takes to be a political leader and how they can serve their communities and be a voice for all women by joining the conversation and taking the lead.
April led a workshop at City Hall for female high school and college students to learn about what it takes to be a political leader. Young women from local high schools, including Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, and Girls Preparatory School, as well as several college students from Southern Adventist University and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga spoke with local female elected officials that are currently in office or have previously held office to get the inside scoop on their experience. The girls left realizing that these women had taken many different paths into politics, and that a political career could be a viable way for them to serve their community through their future work.
The Causeway Challenge is an ideas contest centered around a specific question, that empowers individuals to pilot their ideas for community change, with grassroots funding and hands-on coaching.