Enquirer: Author explores the obstacles for women in politics

Enquirer: Author explores the obstacles for women in politics

Enquirer – COVINGTON — For Covington’s first female mayor, one perk is serving as a role model to young girls in a state the Center for American Women and Politics ranks 38th in the nation for women in elective office.

“(Young girls) need to build confidence at an early age and know their strengths, so they can make the most of every opportunity,” said Mayor Sherry Carran.

A record-breaking 20 women are serving in the U.S. Senate this term and 78 women hold seats in the House of Representatives.

It’s a good time for women in politics, but the proverbial glass ceiling is not quite broken, according to Kathy Groob, author of “Pink Politics: The Woman’s Practical Guide to Winning Elections.”

Groob served two terms on Fort Mitchell City Council before campaigning for the Kentucky Senate in 2004 and again in 2008. She is the founder of ElectWomen.com, a founding board member of The Women’s Network and co-founder of Emerge Kentucky, a women’s candidate-training program.

The Covington resident will be signing books in her hometown this weekend and hosting a discussion about what is happening to elect more women.

She shared her thoughts on women in politics with The Enquirer.

• Why do we need more women in public office?

“Women are about 53 percent of the voting population and are severely underrepresented in the U.S. Congress, chief executive, state legislatures and local government. Bottom line: More women are voting than men, yet decisions about our lives and well-being are being decided by men. It’s about equality and balance. The voices of women under 40 are nearly absent from the political arena.”

Women in Politics is topic of Covington author Kathy Groob’s Book

Women in Politics is topic of Covington author Kathy Groob’s Book

River City News – After holding over 20 book signings across the country for her book Pink Politics, Covington Author and political consultant Kathy Groob is holding a book event in her hometown on Saturday at Roebling Point Books & Coffee (10:00 a.m. – noon).

Groob will be signing books and holding a discussion about what is happening on the national level to elect more women to public office.

Kathy Groob launched her Pink Politics book tour in 2012. In this book, subtitled “The Woman’s Practical Guide to Winning Elections”, Groob tells of her own experiences as a candidate and offers women a realistic assessment of what it takes to run a winning campaign. The book gets to the heart of what women need to know before running for office or as they are kicking off their candidacy for public office.

Groob held speaking events in Bowling Green and Louisville, Wisconsin, New York, California, Minnesota, Florida, West Virginia and several throughout Ohio. “I’m energized by the women I have met throughout the country who are interested in running for office themselves or helping others to run successfully. We’re building a movement with so many outstanding organizations and individuals dedicated to the cause. I am proud to be part of the national trend to elect more women to pubic office,” says Kathy Groob.

“Drawing upon my own experiences and from the women candidates I’ve worked with and supported, PINK POLITICS is the practical guide women need when making the decision to run for office,” says author Kathy Groob. “Women candidates still face huge obstacles to running for office but with a roadmap, they can find their way.”

Pink Politics does more than define proven campaign strategies, Groob says. It offers stories about women candidates running for office at the local and national levels, and how they addressed challenges that all women candidates face. “Pink Politics offers women a comprehensive, practical guide to running for office and about challenges they will face before throwing their hat into the ring,” said Diane Whalen, the longtime mayor of Florence.

The book covers the topics of determining which office to seek, making campaign announcements and securing commitments, building a campaign team and organizing volunteers, identifying donors and building a fundraising plan, crafting an effective campaign message and how to spend dollars, and developing a grassroots effort in outworking your opponent.

“Women candidates can win but the learning curve is steep,” Groob said. “They need to know what to expect and how to be great candidates. I wish I had more resources for women when I first ran for office. This book gives women the lessons and advice they need to be strong and to win.”

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President and CEO of The Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run calls Pink Politics an “impressive, must-read” for women candidates.

“Pink Politics is a step-by-step primer on how to build a winning campaign, built on wisdom of scores of races, assembled together to benefit all women seeking elected office,” Bennett said in a news release. “Research shows women hesitate to run because they don’t feel qualified. This book gives them the practical ‘nuts and bolts’ information needed to overcome those concerns, run and win!”

via Women in Politics is Topic of Covington Author’s Book | The River City News.

Kathy Groob explores the obstacles for women in politics

Kathy Groob explores the obstacles for women in politics

By Sarah Hardee, Enquirer  — For Covington’s first female mayor, one perk is serving as a role model to young girls in a state the Center for American Women and Politics ranks 38th in the nation for women in elective office.

“(Young girls) need to build confidence at an early age and know their strengths, so they can make the most of every opportunity,” said Mayor Sherry Carran.

A record-breaking 20 women are serving in the U.S. Senate this term and 78 women hold seats in the House of Representatives.

It’s a good time for women in politics, but the proverbial glass ceiling is not quite broken, according to Kathy Groob, author of “Pink Politics: The Woman’s Practical Guide to Winning Elections.”

Groob served two terms on Fort Mitchell City Council before campaigning for the Kentucky Senate in 2004 and again in 2008. She is the founder of ElectWomen.com, a founding board member of The Women’s Network and co-founder of Emerge Kentucky, a women’s candidate-training program.

The Covington resident will be signing books in her hometown this weekend and hosting a discussion about what is happening to elect more women.

She shared her thoughts on women in politics with The Enquirer.

• Why do we need more women in public office?

“Women are about 53 percent of the voting population and are severely underrepresented in the U.S. Congress, chief executive, state legislatures and local government. Bottom line: More women are voting than men, yet decisions about our lives and well-being are being decided by men. It’s about equality and balance. The voices of women under 40 are nearly absent from the political arena.”

• Why aren’t more women in politics?

“There is a gender gap in terms of political ambition, and I think that is because when you watch the Sunday morning political talk shows most of participants are men in suits. Women and girls are not seeing their role models or hearing the voices of many women in terms of government policy and budget issues. Women do not have the power circles for money and support that men often have.”

• What are some of the biggest obstacles women politicians face?

“Women are held to higher standards and therefore undergo more scrutiny when they do decide to run. Women lack the confidence that they can raise adequate funds to run a successful campaign. … All obstacles can be overcome with mentoring, training and encouragement.”■

via Author explores the obstacles for women in politics | NKY.com | cincinnati.com.

PINK POLITICS Author Kathy Groob to Hold Book Signing and Women in Politics Conversation in Covington KY March 16th

PINK POLITICS Author Kathy Groob to Hold Book Signing and Women in Politics Conversation in Covington KY March 16th

Covington, KY—After holding over 20 book signings across the country for her book Pink Politics, Covington Author Kathy Groob is holding a book event in her hometown next weekend at Roebling Point Books & Coffee on Saturday morning, March 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. until noon.  Groob will be signing books and holding a discussion about what is happening on the national level to elect more women to public office. Click here for more details about the event. 

Kathy Groob launched her PINK POLITICS book tour in 2012.  In this book PINK POLITICS – The Woman’s Practical Guide to Winning Elections, Groob tells of her own experiences as a candidate and offers women a realistic assessment of what it takes to run a winning campaign. The book gets to the heart of what women need to know before running for office or as they are kicking off their candidacy for public office.

Pink shirt West VirginiaKathy Groob held Pink Politics speaking events in Bowling Green and Louisville Kentucky, Wisconsin, New York, California, Minnesota, Florida, West Virginia and several throughout Ohio. “I’m energized by the women I have met throughout the country who are interested in running for office themselves or helping others to run successfully.  We’re building a movement with so many outstanding organizations and individuals dedicated to the cause.  I am proud to be part of the national trend to elect more women to pubic office,” says Kathy Groob.

“Drawing upon my own experiences and from the women candidates I’ve worked with and supported, PINK POLITICS is the practical guide women need when making the decision to run for office,” says author Kathy Groob.  “Women candidates still face huge obstacles to running for office but with a roadmap, they can find their way.”

PINK POLITICS does more than define proven campaign strategies. It offers stories about women candidates running for office at the local and national levels, and how they addressed challenges that all women candidates face.  “PINK POLITICS offers women a comprehensive, practical guide to running for office and about challenges they will face before throwing their hat into the ring,” said Diane Whalen, Florence Kentucky mayor.

            PINK POLITICS provides advice and strategies for:

  • Determining which office to run for and how to get on the ballot
  • Making your campaign announcement and securing commitments
  • Building a campaign team and organizing volunteers
  • Identifying donors and building a fundraising plan
  • Crafting an effective campaign message and how to spend campaign dollars
  • Developing a strong grassroots effort and outworking your opponent!

“Women candidates can win but the learning curve is steep,” says Groob.  “They need to know what to expect and how to be great candidates. I wish I had more resources for women when I first ran for office. This book gives women the lessons and advice they need to be strong and to win.”

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President and CEO of The Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run says Pink Politics is “Impressive.  A ‘must read’ for any women candidate.  Pink Politics is a step-by-step primer on how to build a winning campaign – built on wisdom of scores of races – assembled together to benefit all women seeking elected office.  Research shows: women hesitate to run because they don’t feel qualified – this book gives them the practical ‘nuts and bolts’ information needed to overcome those concerns, run and WIN!”

About the Author

A 30+-year businesswoman and executive, Kathy Groob was elected to her hometown city council two times before running for the Kentucky Senate. Groob has become a powerful advocate for women in politics and has inspired hundreds of women to become involved in politics.  She is the founder of ElectWomen.com and is a founding board member of The Women’s Network and co-founder of Emerge Kentucky, a women’s candidate training program.  She conducts training programs and seminars for various groups and candidates.

Kathy Groob resides in Covington Kentucky which ranks 38th in the U.S. for women in elective office.  She and her husband provide political consulting and training through their business, November Strategies.

For more information or to buy the book, visit www.electwomen.com or contact Kathy Groob at [email protected].

Nowhere Near Equal

Nowhere Near Equal

Pink Politics Author Kathy Groob is speaking to the Coshocton Ohio Business & Professional Women’s Equal Pay Day Dinner about the connection between equal pay issues and women in politics.

Click here to read the article in the Coshocton Tribune.