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Women make up 51 percent of the US population but only 17 percent of Congress. That puts the US at 94th in the world for the percentage of women in elected office.

The 2012 Project, a national, non-partisan campaign of Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics, is partnering with MissRepresentation.org to launch Elect Women 2012: Vote. Support. Run to encourage more women to get involved in the political process this year. Here’s how you can get involved in your community:

Make sure your voice is heard. Register to vote if you haven’t already.

Learn about the women running in your community via the 2012 Women’s Election Tracker and how you can volunteer for their campaigns in the coming election.

Consider running for office yourself someday. The 2012 Project connects potential candidates to resources in your states that will help you be successful.

Follow the progress of women in this election by receiving regular updates from Miss Representation and The 2012 Project as filing deadlines and primaries continue throughout the year. And use #ElectWomen2012 on Twitter whenever you take action. Remember: You can’t be what you can’t see. Let’s change the leadership landscape for women and girls.

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