Politics has primarily been thought of as a man’s world. The saying used to be behind every great man, stands a great woman, but no longer do women need to stand behind a man to be great. Due to the profound efforts of some organizations, women are now encouraged to take on bigger roles in politics and leadership.
In Congress women hold 16.6 percent of the seats and in state legislatures nationwide women make up 23.3 percent. More specifically, women represent 19 percent of the Indiana General Assembly. As a female legislator, I would like to see this number continue to climb. In order to do so, I believe we must start with encouraging young women early on to understand the political field.
The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Rifle Association are co-sponsoring their annual academic scholarship contest for young women who are high school juniors and seniors.
Seven winners will receive a $3,000 college scholarship award and will be invited to attend NFWL’s annual conference with all expenses paid. At the conference, they will learn about public policy, receive leadership training and be given the opportunity to network with lawmakers from all over the country.
Part of the selection process requires applicants to write an essay. This year’s essay topic is entitled “The Constitution and States' Rights: How federalism impacts women and historically underrepresented populations.” The essay needs to be centered on how various public policies impact women and underrepresented populations when decided at the state or federal level.
All applicants must be sponsored by a woman legislator from their respective state. If you are interested in being sponsored, please contact me at H76@in.gov.
For all contest information and materials visit: www.womenlegislators.org
The scholarship is an incredible opportunity, and I encourage all eligible young women to apply. This opportunity will inspire young women by showing them now that they are needed in politics and that they too can attain a seat in public office.