Dear friends and family,
Last September, I was selected to be a part of the 2019- 2020 WeLead cohort. WeLead, a non-partisan program from American University's Women & Politics Institute, provides intensive leadership training to help young women committed to public service. Through this experience, I am gaining valuable insight, learning best practices about political campaigns, and hearing from women leaders on how they achieved success. Best of all, the WeLead program costs nothing for the participant, which ensures that all women have the opportunity to apply for the program.
I'm humbly asking for your financial support for the WeLead program. Every dollar you give will enable another young woman like me to participate in this premier program, at no cost to her, so she can be ready to lead. Your contribution to WeLead is tax-deductible, and will also go towards organizing panels, training, and lectures for next year's cohort.
As of 2019, women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population and only 23.7% of Congress. Of 535 members of Congress, 127 are women and only 47 are women of color, in other words, 8.7% of Congress is made up of women in color. The gender gap is unacceptable. The only way to narrow the gap is to do what other women have done for us: empowerment. Throughout our careers, we have been challenged, supported, and recognized for our potential. Now, it’s our turn to be that for the women that come next. After all, they will be the next leaders of our local communities, our nation, and the world.
At six years old, I already could see that those in power to make decisions that affect my life all looked the same, and that was a bad thing. Equal representation for all types of women with all kinds of backgrounds, experiences, and values is essential. By bringing diverse voices to the table, we improve the outcome of legislation, which has real-world positive effects and provides for stronger communities and a stronger country for every single one of us.
With the greatest gratitude,
Meron T. Yohannes