Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts has said women are more likely to get involved in politics when it's lesbian focused.

Ricketts and Chicago businesswoman Sarah Schmidt earlier this month launched LPAC, a first-of-its-kind political action committee to support political candidates and causes that appeal to lesbian voters.

Organizers said they hope to raise a modest $1 million for the 2012 election cycle.

Speaking on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight, Ricketts said her conservative parents supported her when she came out lesbian.

“When I came out to my parents … I didn't know how [they] would react,” she said. “They're very conservative. But they're also very supportive people. And my dad said, 'You always hold your head up high and be proud of who you are, cause I am. You're a leader. Get involved.'”

“Being a woman and being gay in our society, you have a couple of pretty big challenges. … [So] it's really important that more women get engaged. I feel like the more women we have in government, the better our government will be. Women aren't as likely to get engaged, aren't as likely to organize. [They're more likely to do] so when it's women centric and lesbian focused.”