A project which aims to get more women in elected office has released a survey showing few young women are interested in running for office. Less than one in ten young women expressed an “intense interest” in becoming a politician. Nearly all of those who did say they’d run for office someday had parents who vote in every election. Iowa’s First Lady, Christie Vilsack, says adults do set the example when it comes to politics. She says her father got her involved at the age of three when he took her to meet President Harry Truman.Six-hundred women between the ages of 18 and 24 were surveyed. Forty-three percent said they would “consider” seeking elected office at some level, but most said they saw few politicians who were women role models. Vilsack says there are lots of Iowa women in politics. She says small-town Iowa has a lot of women mayors.But Vilsack says there are other role models who are in leadership roles, but not necessarily in elected office. She says many county party officials are women. She says there are many women who’re politically active, but not holding elective office.The national “White House Project” released its survey this morning during a meeting at Drake University in Des Moines.
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