Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead) appeared on the program Here & Now on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR Monday to discuss the obstacles women still face when entering politics
H&N: Governor Kunin, at the heart of your book is the question, “Why don’t more women run for office?” What was your answer?
MK: Well, I think there are a couple of things at work. One is that politics has such a bad reputation, you know, we all know the downsides, you know, that you’re vulnerable, that it’s dirty, that there’s lying, so we forget that that’s where the action really is. That’s where the $100 million gets appropriated, and the only way it gets appropriated if you sit at the table, or in the chamber, and cast a vote. So we have to encourage more women to recognize that that’s where the ultimate power resides.
We also have to seek them out, you know, we have to recruit them. And then support them, not just financially—though that’s very important. You know, more women, especially with young children, have a lot of juggling to do, to do this 24/7 job and also take care of their families.