Rhonda Gleason and Leslie Bourque, were part of the “year of the woman” movement that saw a great many more women than usual seek public office in Louisiana and across the United States. Although neither was successful in their campaign for the Louisiana House of Representatives, they have had an experience that relatively few women in America can claim: they’ve run for elective office. In the process of filing, qualifying, running and campaigning, they’ve developed insights that they’ll share with us this Wednesday on what it means to be a candidate for office today. We’ll explore the surprises, the benefits, the problems, and the disappointments that come with running for office. What did they learn, and how does will this knowledge inform their political activism in the future.