Women in Politics
Women in Politics (WIP) is a four-day summer institute for young women from throughout California. Participants get a first-hand look the workings of state politics, focusing on issues affecting women and their communities.
Our presence in Sacramento and our lasting relationships with the players in state politics allow us to offer a unique experience to young women. We have access to a rich pool of supporters who lend their expertise to our programs – more than forty women, including liberals, moderates, and conservatives, volunteer their time to share information and perspectives. WIP provides an opportunity for young women to meet the people who represent them at the state capitol, and to witness first-hand the importance of women’s participation in the political process.
The success of our Women In Politics program would not be possible with out our sponsors: State Farm Insurance, Chevron, Sempra Energy, Capitol Network, California Business Properties Associations, California Teacher’s Association, Wells Fargo Bank, Apple Inc.
Interactive activities get our participants thinking and acting. Young people will:
- Learn about the historical role of women in the democratic process, providing context for discussion of present-day policies.
- Practice the language of politics, putting it to use by interviewing experts who hold a wide range of views on the current issues.
- Throughout the program, those taking part are encouraged to thoughtfully consider their experiences and express their opinions, both personally, via journal entries, and collaboratively, by crafting policy recommendations on specific legislation slated to come before lawmakers.
“Women In Politics was a wonderful experience.. It was a lot of fun and opened my eyes to different career paths!”
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