Upset by an incredibly divisive election cycle, thousands of women from all sides of the political spectrum have decided it is time to do more.
“The election was a kick in the pants that I had to step up and be more involved,” Courtney Peters-Manning told TIME.
Right after the 2016 election, 4,500 women, in fact, registered to run using a recently launched incubator program called She Should Run. The organization trains women for public leadership roles and is designed “to provide them with the tools to do so,” co-founder and CEO Erin Loos Cutraro said told TIME’s Mahita Gajanan.
Women still make up only one-fifth of Congress despite accounting for more than half of America’s population.
The program offers online leadership courses and also provides a community that women can use to build out a political network, says Gajanan.