Poised to Run: Women's Pathways to the State Legislatures

by Kira Sanbonmatsu, Susan J. Carroll, and Debbie Walsh
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2009, 31 pages

Poised to Run: Women's Pathways to the State Legislatures presents the initial findings of a 2008 CAWP study that asked women and men in state legislatures about their routes to elective office. The research shows that:

  • women need to be recruited
  • political parties matter
  • organizations help women run
  • more women can run
  • resources are important.

This research was made possible by the generous support of a Leadership Matching Grant from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Project Grants from the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation and Wendy Mackenzie and other generous donors.