Girls on the Run and University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government present
Raising Ms. President
Screening followed by a panel discussion and refreshments
Raising Ms. President is a documentary film about raising the next generation of female political leaders. Filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker explores the reason why women don’t run for office, where political ambition begins and why we should encourage more women to lead.
For too long women have stood by as men make all of the political decisions. Education, health care, the environment, and national security are all issues that need more women at the decision making table. After all, women make up over 50 percent of the population and workforce, over 50 percent of college graduates and have higher earning power before they reach their 30th birthday. Yet most women do not want to run for office and often say they are under-qualified to run and serve according to Richard Fox and Jennifer Lawless in It Takes A Candidate, Why Women Don't Run For Office. The documentary film Raising Ms. President looks at why women don't run for office, where political ambition starts, and provides reasons we as parents, teachers, and voters should support women in leadership roles.
The United States ranks right in the middle when it comes to the number of women we have in elected office. We are behind nations we have criticized for being anti-women’s rights. Some states have never had a female governor nor sent a woman to the Senate. We have never had a female president, even though Hillary Clinton came close to winning her party’s nomination for the presidency in 2008. The key to getting more qualified women elected is to having more qualified women running and winning.
Raising Ms. President provides reasons why we should elect more women; now it is your turn to ask a woman to lead, to encourage your daughters to envision themselves as leaders, and to teach your boys that women can and should be CEOs, senators and yes even president. Without more women at the decision making table we are missing out on the expertise, experience, and innovation of over half of our population. Including more women will make our country better, guaranteed.
Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Girls on the Run Philadelphia is currently available at 17 sites with 20 teams across Philadelphia. Since its inception Girls on the Run Philadelphia has served over 300 young girls!