This Racy Book Is All About Getting More Women Into Politics
By Maggie Mallon
As of 2014, women make up 50.8 percent of the United States population. As of 2016, women hold 20 of 100 seats in the Senate and 84 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives—stats that translate to 20 and 19.3 percent, respectively.
Those numbers seem a bit off, don't they? Women make up half the population, shouldn't they also make up half the government? It's hardly rocket science. And yet this is actually what passes for progress in the 21st century.
That's where She Should Run, a non-partisan national network looking to change the makeup of American politics, enters. Their latest effort to inspire future leaders: See Joan Run, a cheeky parody of the children's classic Fun With Dick and Jane that showcases the importance of women's representation in government.
"The gender gap in public office—from city council to Capitol Hill to the bench of the Supreme Court—is staggering" Erin Loos Cutraro, cofounder and CEO of She Should Run, said in a statement. "See Joan Run is a satirical, modern take on an iconic story, underscoring that women have an invaluable place in the political landscape, and that when our leaders reflect all our country has to offer, the country is best equipped to solve our most pressing issues."
The bawdy book chronicles the campaign of the titular Joan in a world full of Dicks—Congressman Dick, Alderman Dick, City Council Representative Dick.
Joan—a community leader, a successful leader in the workplace, and a devoted mother—wants to get involved in government but is hesitant to do so.
At the encouragement of her friends Bob and Sue, Joan does run and learns she has the power to make a difference.
She Should Runs hopes women throughout the country will take a page from the book of Joan and be inspired to enter the world of politics. "Our robust Ask a Woman to Run initiative is a community of more than 100,000, encouraging women to run, and connecting them with resources, people and organizations that can help start their path towards public service," Cutraro said. "More women in public office will result in a better government and a better world."
Wondering how can you get involved? First and foremost, run for office! Barring that, She Should Run encourages supporters to join the movement by sharing the book with their own "Joan" and uploading videos of themselves reading See Joan Run to their social media platforms using @SheShouldRun and #SeeJoanRun. The campaign already has several celebrity fans, including Shonda Rhimes.