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Hillary Clinton May Be The First, But This Group Wants To Make Sure She’s Not The Last

By Hannah Wise
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) With Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination this week, it was a time for many to reflect on women in politics….how far women have come and how far women still have to go. One non profit organization wants to make sure momentum is not lost. “Ignite”, a nonpartisan group, works to educate women 14 to 22 years old about civic government and politics. The goal is to empower women to consider running for elected office once they’re out of school.

The Dallas Morning News

That sound you hear is the glass ceiling cracking.

The same week that Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated to lead a major American political party, more than 250 young Texas women will gather to celebrate their own political empowerment. The Ignite Girls Rock event is set for Saturday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Ignite, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, works to educate women 14 to 22 years old about civic government and politics and empower them to consider running for elected office once they’re out of school.

“Ignite is for the girls who are out there in their communities seeing what problems need to be solved,” said Anne Moses, founder and president of the national group.

In Texas, women accounted for 19.9 percent of the state Legislature, holding 36 of 181 total seats in 2015. The founders of Ignite say the disparity is not because women cannot win, but rather because no one is fostering their political ambitions.

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