When former San Clarita congresswoman Katie Hill resigned her seat last October amid accusations of an affair with a congressional staffer and nude photos of her appearing on a conservative website without her consent, she vowed that she would never stop fighting to empower young women, declaring, “We will not stand down. We will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will rise, and we will make tomorrow better than today.”
Now, Hill is putting her words into action by launching an organization dedicated to getting young women, and young people in general, into the halls of political power. The group, called Her Time, released its mission statement Thursday, pledging to “support women and young people—often the long-shot candidates who have the vision and drive needed to make lasting systemic change—who don’t yet have the resources that come with being a proven or established politician,” the Hill reports.
Thirty-two-year-old Hill, the first-ever openly bisexual member of the House, came from nowhere to wrest California’s 25th Congressional District from Republican hands for the first time in two decades in 2018. She says she founded Her Time to “mobilize and support a generation of young women and allies to help them break through those final glass ceilings, one crack at a time—so we can once and for all claim our own power by voting, getting involved in politics, and running for office.”
In her resignation speech, Hill excoriated Congress’ “double standard” because many male members maintain their status despite being accused of sexual misconduct.
“What happened to me was horrific, and it was a harsh reminder of how women in power and politics still have so far to go and so much to overcome,” she writes. “Her Time’s work—my work—is to ensure that my experience never deters other young women from running for office and getting engaged, and instead does the opposite.”
On March 3, voters in CA-25 will pick a candidate to complete Hill’s two-year term.
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