Women are 51% of the U.S. population yet hold only 22% of elected offices in the United States. We need 140,000 more women in office to have equal representation at every level of government.

Ignite National, an organization that provides young women exposure to local political role models, policy experience, civic education, and leadership opportunities, has launched #DeclareYourAmbition, a campaign to encourage young women to run for office.

“Women don’t run for office at the same rates as men,” Ignite points out. Why not? “They aren’t asked or encouraged to, and they don’t choose to put themselves forward. We can change this by telling girls they can lead. Tell her she can, and she will!”

Learn more about #DeclareYourAmbition and Ignite educational curriculum here.