Building a Bench to Lead the Way A study on the effectiveness of political organizations and political parties in electing women to local office on Long Island

Kiana Bierria-Anderson, Long Island University


Since 2016, there has been a growing movement to increase the number of women in government leadership roles. Political organizations have developed with the interest of recruiting and training more women to take these positions in public service. However, despite the growing number of organizations working to engage women in public office, their efforts fall short when organizing women for local public office. This study will review the effectiveness of political organizations and parties in successfully supporting and training women to run for local office. Ultimately, this study has revealed that of the political organizations that are active in New York politics, specifically the ones that are focused on getting women elected, none of them engage or support women running for local office in Long Island.