At just 11 percent, Wyoming currently has the lowest percentage of female legislators of any state in the country. Now, one woman is trying to improve that ratio.
Samantha Case is the founder of Wyoming Women Rise, a proposed non-profit that would provide non-partisan campaign training for women.
Currently, the Wyoming Women’s Caucus puts on Leap Into Leadership, which provides workshops that encourage women to take on leadership roles in their communities and consider running for office. But Case said there was still a need for an organization that goes a step further.
“Wyoming Women Rise would provide a training that specifically teaches them like ‘Ok, now that you’ve made that decision to run for office, how do you do that? How do you actually run a campaign? How do you knock on doors, like what do you say to people at the doors? How do you fundraise money?’ All those different things that are essential for running a campaign,” said Case.
Case has started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise seed money for Wyoming Women Rise to become an incorporated non-profit. She said the time is right to be starting something like this.
“Just considering the 2016 election and the Women’s March, and we’re seeing a lot of discussion on women’s issues and female representation. I think because of that and what is happening lately a lot of women want to get involved, and men too, which is so great. It’s so exciting,” said Case.
So far the GoFundMe raised almost $900 of its $3,500 goal.