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Student Org Spotlight: WPC

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The Women’s Political Caucus is dedicated to educating and empowering women who are interested in entering the political arena. Learn more about this org—the first chapter in New York—and attend one of their info sessions this month.

Did you know that in 2015, just under 20% of all political offices in the United States are held by women? Here’s the breakdown: 20 women serve in the Senate, 84 serve in the House, 77 women hold statewide elective executive posts, and they hold just 1,788 of the 7,282 state legislator seats.

Pace’s chapter of the Women’s Political Caucus (WPC) is looking to change that. Founded in 1971, the national organization is a multipartisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women.

“The exciting thing about this organization is that there is only one other active WPC on a college campus,” says Pace political science and women's and gender studies double major Larissa Szilagyi ’18. “That makes Pace the first college in New York to have an active WPC and the second in the entire nation.”

On campus, this student org wants to get women involved, engaged, and hopefully, running for office someday. They’ll also be educating students on how they can be prepared to enter the political sphere, including taking on political positions, lobbying, and working with non-profits.

“It is so crucial to have an organization like this on campus because college is the time where students have an opportunity to grow and prepare for their career. Currently, women are completely underrepresented in the political sphere,” says Szilagyi. “We hope to encourage young women to break through the glass ceiling that encompasses the entire political sphere.”

So how can you get involved? Head to one of their information sessions on the NYC Campus. Join them on Monday, February 9, from 12:10 p.m.–1:15 p.m. in room W612 or Friday, February 27, from 12:10 p.m.–1:15 p.m. in the boardroom of the 18th floor of One Pace Plaza.