Some of the reasons why women don’t run for office as frequently as men are practically cliches by now: They need to be asked. Fundraising is difficult, especially when men still write most of the checks. And they don’t want their lives (and their children’s) on display.
The timing also has to be right. John H. Sununu, chief of staff to former President George H.W. Bush, tried to get Brown, the candidate in California’s 36th District, to run for Congress in the 1990s, but the actress had two young children.
Now her kids are grown.
“I’m at a position in my life right now where I’ll still be that mom, I’ll still run that home, I’ll still be that wife, but I’m able to do more,” Brown said.
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