21 IN ‘21 WAS LAUNCHED IN 2017 BY SPEAKER MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO, COUNCIL MEMBER ELIZABETH CROWLEY, & EFFECTIVE NY
OUR ULTIMATE AIM
With an ultimate goal of true gender parity, 21 in ‘21 aims to elect at least 21 women to the NYC Council by 2021 through fundraising support, political training, issue education, and networking.
TOO OFTEN, WOMEN WHO WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE ARE TOLD TO “WAIT THEIR TURN.”
Meanwhile, men are groomed for office by the political institutions. As a result, when open-seats arise, women candidates are less likely to have the fundraising networks, policy experience, or political relationships to create a successful candidacy.
THIS IMBALANCE HURTSPOLICY-MAKING AND PERPETUATES THE POLITICAL GLASS CEILING, WEAKENING OUR CITY.
Studies say, when women run, they win as often as men,
but they self-select out. Yet, since November’s election,
thousands of women across NYC have stepped forward,
are taking action, and voicing their ambition
to run for every office possible.