Leadership Resources Intro

Use this map, made possible with support from the Hunt Alternatives Fund, to locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns. Click on a state to find leadership development and campaign training programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics.

Need more ideas on how to get involved? Check out the Women's Definitive Guide to Getting Political by CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak.

If you know of other organizations to add to our list or have updates to our information, please contact Chelsea Hill.

Program Name State Party Program Description full
50-50 in 2020 IA Nonpartisan 50-50 in 2020 is a ten-year bipartisan initiative to recruit, train and mentor women candidates in Iowa. The goal is to elect women to 50% of the...
Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Iowa State University
IA Nonpartisan Founded in 1992, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics provides leadership development and educational opportunities for women and...
DAWN's List IA Dem

DAWN's List (Democratic Activist Women's Network) is dedicated to strengthening Iowa by electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women to the...

DAWN's List IA Dem

DAWN's List (Democratic Activist Women's Network) is dedicated to strengthening Iowa by electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women to the...

DAWN's List IA Dem

DAWN's List (Democratic Activist Women's Network) is dedicated to strengthening Iowa by electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women to the...

Iowa Gender Balance Legislation IA Nonpartisan The Iowa General Assembly passed gender balance legislation (HF 243) in 2009, requiring that all appointive boards, commissions, committees and...
Iowa N.E.W. Leadership
Women's Resource and Action Center, University of Iowa
IA Nonpartisan

Iowa NEW Leadership is an intensive six-day residential institute that develops college womens public leadership skills, supports their engagement...

Iowa National Organization for Women (NOW)
National Organization for Women
IA Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's...
Leadership Iowa
Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)
IA Nonpartisan Founded in 1982, Leadership Iowa is an issues-awareness program promoting leadership within the state. Through monthly two-day sessions over a nine-...
New Leaders Council Des Moines IA Nonpartisan

New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneursyoung professionals in...

PURSE (People United for Republican Sisters' Elections) PAC IA Rep PURSE PAC, a women's political fundraising organization founded in the fall of 2008, hopes to draw more women to the Republican Party of Iowa by...
Ready to Run® Iowa
Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
IA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Iowa is a bi-partisan, comprehensive, one-day workshop offered every other year by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and...