By Ariella Faitelson*
Did you know that 2010 marked the first year in 30 years that the number of women in Congress declined? New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand certainly does, and in response, launched a campaign www.offthesidelines.org  in order “to let women know that their voice matters, to give them the resources to start to get more involved and tell the inspiring stories of women who already are.” The NY Times  featured the Off the Sidelines campaign in today’s paper. The Senator fervently believes that “an infusion of women into the political system would go a long way toward changing the tone in Congress, a male-dominated world of fiercely clashing egos.” The declining numbers of women in politics presents American women with an opportunity to take the challenge, run for office, and increase change in the U.S. government. Many of NCRW’s member centers and network partners are actively engaged in programs that provide women the skills needed to run for office. Check out these examples below:
See what The White House Project is doing to encourage and support women running for office here .
Visit the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University  for the latest facts and research about women in politics, as well as workshops and opportunities for women in New Jersey.
The Women and Politics Institute at American University sponsors WeLEAD , another training workshop for women in politics.
The Kennedy School at Harvard University’s Women and Public Policy Program studies the integration of gender and politics here .
Also visit the State University of New York at Albany’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society’s Women’s Leadership Academy .
Visit the Wellesley Centers for Women  Women's Leadership page for more information on women in the muslim world.
* Ariella Faitelson is an NCRW Communications Intern majoring in Women's Studies and Sociology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.