Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking woman in Congress, is encouraging more women step up and run for office.

Rodgers admits that her concerns about the demands and pressures of the job almost prevented her from running for office. But after much encouragement, she ran and won a seat in Congress, making her the 200th woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

She has a true and empowering message for talented women who want to serve their communities and country:

"It wasn’t until I was in Congress that I met my husband, Brian, and we had our three kids. Most people are surprised to learn that about me—that I gave birth three times while in office. That’s right, I chose to start having kids after embarking on one of the most public-facing, high-pressure career paths out there."

"My first piece of advice to other women who are considering running for office is: If I can do it, you can do it. Be confident. If you start knocking on doors, telling your story, and listening to your neighbors, you can earn the trust of your community and go on to make a difference for those you serve. Women, after all, are naturally suited to be effective legislators. We are good listeners, trustworthy problem solvers, and we want to get things done."

"We are outnumbered by men, but this is about so much more than filling a quota. It’s about the values that come with those numbers because women bring a unique perspective that we need in our public policymaking."

"Women care about national security, finance, health care, education, and much more."

"So, my second piece of advice is to harness the confidence you’ve built to win your election to then make sure all policies are written with women in mind. Speak up.”

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