It's clear that there's a need to support women to become an equal part of our political system. After meeting some of my fellow female candidates, I'm even more convinced that this is a worthy priority. People like:
Grace is a single mother of three children with a long and impressive career as an environmental activist for Green Peace, including time spent as crew of the Rainbow Warrior.
Deirdre has been a County Councillor for 15 years. In the last election, she made a brave move from Fianna Fail to Fine Gael based on strong principals. She is one of only 6 women serving on Cork County's 48 member council and a pioneer among women standing in local election.
Jennifer has been volunteering full-time as a policy advisor for Independent TD Stephen Donnelly, while raising three young children.
One of my own personal reasons for stepping in to the world of politics was out of an obligation to my daughter and her generation of women and men because I was concerned about the community and environment we're leaving to them and because of a desire to lead by example and demonstrate that it is possible to make a difference at the local level. Thanks to Women For Election, I learned that there are a significant number of women candidates attracted to politics for similar reasons, and I look forward to seeing many of us elected to local and European government on May 23rd!