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Education and Training

Resources for Women In Montana

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Leadership Training Programs for Women

Women's Policy Leadership Institute
Sponsored by Montana Women Vote
The Women’s Policy Leadership Institute is dedicated to training leaders to reflect the vision and capabilities of women in public life. WPLI’s goal is to create a progressive training and mentorship network to help transfer practical policy skills and experience from current women leaders to future women leaders.

For more information:
State Office
725 W. Alder Street, Suite #21
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 317-1505

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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Leadership Montana
Sponsored by the Montana Chamber Foundation
Leadership Montana offers a nine-month program of personal and trustee leadership development and business and policy education. Forty selected participants attend seven annual sessions, conducted in different locations across the state from September to May and emphasizing issues important to the state. Leadership Montana members are part of a powerful statewide network of leaders dedicated to improving the state.

For more information:
Leadership Montana contact form

New Leaders Council Missoula
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

For more information:
Katie Carlson, Director
Meghann Paddock, Director

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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

Montana Federation of Republican Women
Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elects Republican candidates; informs the public through political education and activity; and increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative action.

For more information:
Montana Federation of Republican Women contact form

Montana NOW
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.

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Women's Political Action Committees (PACs)

Montana Women Pipeline Project
The Montana Women Pipeline Project works to elect progressive, Democratic women in Montana by providing endorsements and funding to selected candidates throughout the state.

For more information:
Cynthia Wolken, Steering Committee Coordinator
745 S. 4th St. W.,
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 465-3376

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Gender Parity Legislation

Montana Gender and Racial Balance Legislation
The Montana Code (2-15-108) establishes that as vacancies arise on any appointive boards, commissions, committees, and councils of state government, the appointing officer should take action to achieve gender equity.