The Institute for Women in Politics of Northwest Florida was incorporated on August 28, 2013, for the express purpose of increasing the number of women serving in elected office in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties.

To achieve its purpose, the Institute will —

  • Encourage women to consider political office a worthy endeavor
  • Help women see themselves as viable candidates
  • Provide candidates the knowledge and the tools to conduct successful campaigns
  • Educate Northwest Florida communities on the benefits of electing women to office
  • Promote understanding of the obligations and responsibilities of public service.

The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization and does not endorse nor support individual candidates. It is exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).

2014 Annual Report

Benefits of Electing Women to Office

  • Women represent women.  Women legislators have a major impact on the extent to which women’s interests are represented in legislatures.
  • Women bring a different point of view on policy and power.  Women in legislative and executive posts are motivated most often by policy goals, not power or prestige.
  • Women are effective legislators.  Women are as effective as men in getting legislation passed.
  • Women lead differently, and they lead in ways that benefit government.  Women leaders are more partial to nonhierarchical collaboration, consensus building, and inclusion than are men.
  • Women govern differently.  Women lawmakers alter the legislative process, making it more transparent and public.
  • Women excite and engage citizens in the political process.  Women in government boost citizens’ perceptions of government responsiveness and their willingness to become civically involved.
  • Women legislators provide greater access to government, especially for disadvantaged members of society.  Women spend more time on constituent service than their male colleagues.

This summary, provided by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, is drawn from extensive research on the subject of women in elected office. See Center for American Women and Politics.