How to Keep Women Running for Office When Trump Is Gone

Stephanie Schriock wants women to know they have all the tools they need to run for office

Andrea González-Ramírez
GEN
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8 min readJan 12, 2021

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Stephanie Schriock. Photo treatment; source: Presley Ann/Getty Images

During her 25 years in politics, Stephanie Schriock has seen it all: David vs. Goliath matches, candidates breaking glass ceilings, elating electoral victories, and soul-crushing losses. As the president of EMILY’s List for the past 11 years, she’s played a major role in helping elect Democratic women who support abortion rights.

As she helped shepherd a record number of women candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, Schriock asked herself, “Why not make the basics available to any woman interested in running for office?” Enter Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World, out Tuesday, in which Schriock and her co-writer Christina Reynolds offer a how-to-guide that demystifies the logistics of political campaigns.

Schriock told GEN why she’d like to see gender parity in government, how Donald Trump’s election changed the pipeline of female candidates, and what’s next for her after she steps down from being the president of EMILY’s List this spring.

GEN: Why did you write Run to Win?

Schriock: In the last four years I have had a front-row seat to what I believe is a cultural change…

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Andrea González-Ramírez
GEN
Writer for

Award-winning Puerto Rican journalist. Senior Writer at New York Magazine’s The Cut. Formerly GEN, Refinery29, and more. Read my work: https://www.thecut.com/