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Campaign Trainings for Women

Emerge America
Emerge America is a political leadership training program for Democratic women held in states throughout the country. The Emerge mission is to identify, educate, and inspire Democratic women who want to pursue careers in politics at the local and state levels. Fifteen to 25 applicants are chosen annually to participate in state trainings that typically meet once-monthly over 6-8 months. The Emerge America network currently has affiliates in AZ, CA, MA, ME, NM, NV, OR, WI, and KY.

For more information:
Andrea Dew Steele, President and Founder
Emerge America
111 Pine Street
Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111
contact@emergeamerica.org
(415) 344-0323

EMILY’s List Political Opportunity Program Training
Sponsored by EMILY's List
Since its inception in 2001, the Political Opportunity Program (POP) has provided training to state and local candidates and their staffs throughout the country. Democratic pro-choice women in targeted states for each election cycle are provided comprehensive campaign training, includes materials, experiential exercises and lectures by experienced campaign operatives on campaign planning, fundraising, message development and delivery, media, voter contact and direct mail.

For more information:
Laila Mohib
EMILY's List
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
mstephenson@emilyslist.org
(202) 419-3096
 
EMILY’s List Campaign Trainings
Sponsored by EMILY's List
In addition to its Political Opportunity Program to train endorsed candidates and their staffers, EMILY's List focuses significant resources in each election cycle on preparing Democratic pro-choice women elected at the state and federal levels for redistricting. In targeted states, EMILY's List works to assure that pro-choice Democratic women are empowered and have the tools they need to protect and defend their seats of power as new district lines are drawn following the US Census.

For more information:
EMILY's List
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 326-1400

Excellence in Public Service Series
Founded in 1989 as the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series in Indiana, this network of state programs encourages, mentors, and prepares selected Republican women leaders to seek new levels of involvement in government and politics.  Series typically meet on a monthly basis over 5 to 10 months of one year, where participants attend sessions covering issues in government, campaigns, and leadership development.  Currently, expansion programs exist in 17 states, including AZ, CA, DE, FL, IL, IN, OH, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NV, PA, and VA.

For more information:
Christine T. Dudley
3000 North Sheridan Road, #18-D
Chicago, IL 60657 
ctdudley@aol.com
(773) 348-3512

Next Step
Sponsored by Running Start
Next Step will launch its first program in June 2010 to provide practical, hands-on political training to young women (aged 23-27) with 2-4 years of work experience and a passion for politics. The Next Step program is a five-day intensive bipartisan workshop where political experts train young women leaders  to develop professional confidence. More information about program registration will be posted in Spring 2010.

For more information:
Marjorie Clifton
Running Start
2 Wisconsin Circle
Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
info@runningstartonline.org
(240) 235-6013

Path to Politics
Sponsored by Running Start
Path to Politics is a nine-month seminar (meeting once a month) designed by Running Start to give young women (ages 21-45) the inspiration and information they need to participate in politics and run for office. Each month’s seminar focuses on a different aspect of running as a young woman. Interested women can RSVP for individual seminars via the program's website.

For more information:
Susannah Shakow
Running Start
2 Wisconsin Circle
Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
info@runningstartonline.org
(240) 235-6013

Political Institute for Women
The Political Institute for Women is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to training women to run for elected office and to pursue careers in politics. The institute offers educational courses and training on campaign communications, field work, finance, management, and marketing. In addition to campaign tactics and strategy, the Political Institute for Women offers courses covering the most important policy issues of the day. Finally, the institute sponsors conferences on women and politics, political leadership, and policy. Courses and events are held in Florida and/or Georgia and costs vary by event.

For more information:
Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen, Director/Trainer
The Political Institute for Women kimberly@politicalinstituteforwomen.org
(404) 797-8650

Project GOPink
Project GOPink serves as a national hub to recruit, train, network and promote women as they work to achieve their public service goals. In addition to providing an online forum and blog to provide news and insight from Republican leaders, Project GOPink seeks to motivate, mentor, and mobilize women across the country in an effort to help more Republican women seek federal, state and local office. The group hosts regional and state conferences, in addition to an annual conference, dedicated to advocacy and candidate training.

For more information:
Suzie Terrell, Founder

Ready to Run™ National Training Network
Sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics
Ready to Run™ is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system.  Policy experts, party officials, campaign consultants, and prominent elected and appointed leaders provide insight to participants in programs held throughout the country. The Ready to Run™ National Training Network includes programs in AL, HI, IA, NE, NJ, OK, PA, and SC. In addition to the primary program, Ready to Run’s™ flagship program in New Jersey offers three pre-conference programs for women of color: Run Sister Run, Eleccion Latina, and Rising Stars.

For more information:
Jean Sinzdak
Center for American Women and Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
sinzdak@rci.rutgers.edu  
(848) 932-8781

NFRW Campaign Management School
Sponsored by the National Federation of Republican Women
The National Federation for Republican Women pursues its longtime objective for political education by training Republicans to win elections through the Campaign Management School (CMS) program. This program is held throughout the country, organized in partnership with state and local Federations of Republican Women. The CMS program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of campaigns, featuring top political professionals and strategists who volunteer their time to teach students the most successful ways to raise money, write winning campaign plans, organize volunteers for get-out-the-vote activities and communicate with voters.

For more information:
Sue Lynch, President
National Federation of Republican Women
124 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
political@nfrw.org
(703) 548-9688

Running Start Campaign College
Sponsored by Running Start
Campaign College, designed by the Women & Politics Institute at American University (DC) and partnered with Running Start and the American Association of University Women, was developed to encourage and train college women to run for student government on their campuses. The day-long training, held at colleges and universities throughout the country, shows why more women are needed in student governments and provides college women with the skills to run successful campaigns. The skills can be transferred to women's bids for public office after college. Colleges and universities can request that trainings be brought to their institutions.

For more information:
Susannah Shakow
2 Wisconsin Circle
Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
info@runningstartonline.org
(240) 235-6013

VOICES of Conservative Women
VOICES of Conservative Women is a National nonpartisan, nonprofit working to encouage more women to be involved in public policy and train women for elected office. We are have and are building a state by state network - VOICES of Conservative Women State PACs.

For more information:
Jennifer DeJournett, President
VOICES of Conservative Women
PO Box 2514
Maple Grove, MN 55311
info@voicesofconservativewomen.org
www.voicesofconservativewomen.org
612-460-1870

Women's Campaign School at Yale University
Sponsored by Yale University
Founded in 1993, the Women's Campaign School at Yale is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral political campaign training program that provides training for women who want to run for office or  move up the ladder to higher elective office. Sixty to 75 applicants are chosen annually from throughout the country to participate in a five-day summer session where they are trained to run political campaigns and advance their careers in public service. The School will also consider male applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to helping women achieve success in public service.

For more information:
Women's Campaign School at Yale University
Yale University
P. O. Box 1194
New Canaan, CT 06840-1194
info@wcsyale.org
(203) 734-7385

Women Worth Watching
Sponsored by Women's Campaign Forum
Women Worth Watching is for Women's Campaign Forum's endorsed candidates. The program provides feedback and assistance as women candidates work to build competitive campaigns. These women candidates are at the earliest stage of the WCF endorsement process and are working with the organization to continue to professionalize their campaign.

For more information:
Julie Daniels, Political Programs Manager
Women's Campaign Forum
1900 L Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
julie@wcfonline.org
info@wcfonline.org   
(202) 393-8164



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Campaign Trainings (women and men)

AAPC Regional Seminars
Sponsored by the American Association of Political Consultants
The American Association of Political Consultants sponsors seminars and conferences in different parts of the country throughout the year, emphasizing political campaigns and strategy and targeted to campaign professionals and AAPC members. Information about these programs is posted on the AAPC website.

For more information:
American Association of Political Consultants
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Suite 330
Washington , DC 20003
(202) 544-9815

American Majority
Founded in 2008, American Majority is a national non-profit, nonpartisan training institute with national headquarters in Purcellville, VA and state offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas. American Majority programs bring the expertise and knowledge base of national politicos, campaign strategists, communication consultants, and seasoned organizers directly into local communities with four tracks of training: Candidate Training, Activist Training, Campus Majority, and the Fellowship Program. Each track offers a number of unique courses to prepare participants to run for office or work for campaigns or in politics. The calendar of scheduled trainings is available on the American Majority website.

For more information:
Jaoni Wood, Administrative Assistant
American Majority
117 N 21st Street
Suite 4
Purcellville, VA 20132
info@americanmajority.org
(540) 338-1251

Campaign Corps
Sponsored by EMILY's List
Campaign Corps is a national grassroots program dedicated to politically empowering young people by training talented recent college graduates and placing them in targeted progressive Democratic campaigns. Once selected, trainees attend a week-long Campaign School in Washington, DC where they learn the basics of campaigning from leading Democratic operatives. They are then paid to work side-by-side with candidates and other political professionals for the last three months of campaigns. Post-election, Campaign Corps works to help find participants another job  in progressive politics or elsewhere.

For more information:
EMILY's List
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
info@campaigncorps.org
(202) 326-1400

Campaign Management Training Seminar
Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau
The American Farm Bureau provides its state-based partners with programmatic content for campaign training seminars for candidates, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. These bipartisan trainings use content developed with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties.   Program curriculum is applicable to local, state and national political races and includes:
  • evaluating the viability of the candidacy
  • selecting themes and issues
  • budgeting and raising money
  • working with the news media
  • campaign organization and strategy.

State chapters that have offered campaign management training seminars include AR, CO, IN, KY, MI, NE, OK, and WA.

For more information:
American Farm Bureau
600 Maryland Avenue SW
Suite 1000W
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 406-3602

DFA Campaign Academy
Sponsored by Democracy for America
The DFA Campaign Academy seeks to focus, network, and train grassroots activists to change the country and the Democratic Party from the bottom up. The Campaign Academy weekend trainings offer 16 hours of intensive, interactive workshops for hundreds of local activists, campaign staff and candidates. Experienced campaign professionals lead sessions in voter contact, fundraising, communications, on-line organizing and much more, while attendees also network with local progressive candidates and activists. Campaign Academies take place throughout the country.

For more information:
Democracy for America
P.O. Box 1717
Burlington, VT 05402
training@democracyforamerica.com
(802) 651-3200 ext. 191

EMILY’s List Campaign Staff Training
Sponsored by EMILY's List
EMILY's List provides training to campaign workers and professionals (male and/or female) to give endorsed candidates throughout the country access to experts on organizing, fundraising, and communicating the candidate's message. After a day of instruction from seasoned political operatives, trainees apply what they have learned in a realistic campaign simulation. Participants should be currently working or willing to relocate to work on a campaign full time; trainings are beneficial to all operatives regardless of experience level.

For more information:
EMILY's List
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 326-1400

GLLI Candidate and Campaign Training
Sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute
Founded in 1993, the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute runs candidate and campaign trainings that provide comprehensive, nonpartisan training to present and future openly LGBT candidates, campaign staff and community leaders. Attendees learn about skills and strategy by engaging in tough, realistic campaign situations. The Leadership Institute offers intensive basic training as well as an advanced training for current elected officials planning to run for higher office. The Leadership Institute’s four-day basic training is conducted several times a year in various cities across the country. Training attendees learn from leading political strategists during the day and work with their peers on a complex campaign simulation at night.

For more information:
Martin Garcia
The Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute
P.O. Box 96185
Washington, DC 20090-6185
martin.garcia@glli.org
(202) 628-9151

GOPAC Candidate Training
Sponsored by GOPAC
Founded in 1979, GOPAC is a national organization dedicated exclusively to electing Republicans to state and local offices. The organization provides candidate and campaign training, primarily through online resources.

For more information:
GOPAC
1101 16th Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
info@gopac.org
(202) 464-5170

The New American Leaders Project
The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is a national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. NALP recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for leadership from the community to the Capitol. Through programs and training, NALP seeks to expand the number of immigrants in leadership positions, increase voter participation in immigrant communities and allow immigrant voters more opportunities to engage with leaders who reflect their unique experiences.

For more information:
The New American Leaders Project
666 West End Avenue, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10025
info@newamericanleaders.org
(212) 497-3481

New Leaders Council
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:
Matt Miranda, Programs Director
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
mmiranda@newleaderscouncil.org
(646) 375-2052

Progressive Majority
Founded on a mission to elect progressive candidates, Progressive Majority:
  • identifies and recruits the best progressive leaders to run for state and local offices
  • coaches and supports their candidacies by providing individualized strategic message, campaign, and technical support
  • prioritizes the recruitment and election of women and candidates of color
    brings new people into the political process at all levels.

Progressive Majority has offices in Washington DC, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Seattle and offers its political support to candidates in the following target states:  AZ, CO, FL, MI, MN, MO, NV, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, and WI. Progressive Majority also provides online trainings for potential candidates and campaign professionals through their website. All of Progressive Majority's services are hard political services, most of which are provided to the campaigns in the form of in-direct campaign contributions. Progressive Majority is registered under Section 527 of the IRS Code and as a state PAC in multiple states.

For more information:
Gloria A. Totten, President
Progressive Majority
1825 K Street NW
Suite 450
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 248-5349

The Truman National Security Project
The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. Through multiple training programs, the Project prepares progressive candidates to discuss national security issues. Truman National Security Bootcamps are one-day trainings tailored to state and local candidates, progressive activists, and progressive organizations' membership and leadership. Military 101 courses are 90 minute sessions are taught by progressive veterans that offer an introduction to the U.S. military's structure and culture for public leaders and citizens. The Truman National Security Project also provides fellowships, internships, and executive education programs.

For more information:
Rachel Kleinfeld, Director
Truman National Security Project
1420 K Street NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20005
info@trumanproject.org
(202) 216-9723
 
Veterans Campaign Training Workshops
Sponsored by the Center for Second Service
Veterans Campaign's two-day training sessions are specifically designed to educate, encourage, and motivate veterans to continue their commitment to public service by running for elected office. Program curriculum progresses in five stages: laying the groundwork for your campaign, getting your campaign of the ground, financing your campaign, and taking your campaign into the home stretch. Program instructors are office-holding veterans, campaign operatives, professional fundraisers, and representatives of veteran-oriented political action committees who value and understand the mechanics of electing veterans to public office.

For more information:
Veterans Campaign
The George Washington University
Hall on Virginia Avenue
2601 Virginia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052
glenn@veteranscampaign.org
(202) 495-1831

Wellstone Action
Founded in 2003, Wellstone Action provides two types of campaign trainings. Camp Wellstone is an intensive  training program open to anyone interested in gaining practical skills in progressive political action. Over 16,000 people have graduated from the camps since they began in 2003, with camps in 39 states to date. Participants divide into three tracks: electoral campaigns, citizen activism, and being a candidate. Wellstone also offers a multi-day Advanced Campaign Management School designed for individuals with past electoral experience who want to take their political organizing skills to the next level. Trainers teach the fundamentals of winning campaigns, building the skills of a new generation of campaign managers and developing leaders and professionals for long-term involvement in the progressive movement.

For more information:
Wellstone Action
2446 University Avenue W
Suite 170
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 645-3939



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Leadership Training Programs For Women

Elect Her-Campus Women Win
Elect Her–Campus Women Win encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, Elect Her recognizes the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap 38 campuses hosted Elect Her in 2013. Campus administrators, students, and local AAUW members collaborate with AAUW and Running Start staff to plan the trainings each year. Elect Her is a one-day, 4.5-hour training. Applications for new sites are available each August at the Elect Her website. 

For more information:
Jessica Kelly
Program Manager
AAUW
1111 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
leadership@aauw.org
(202) 785-7728

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
Sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance program is active in several college campuses nationwide, where Campus Organizers help students build and sustain pro-choice feminist activist groups called Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances (FMLAs). Campus Organizers also work with existing college feminist groups who wish to receive the support of a national organization through affiliation. The Leadership Alliances and Affiliates constitute a nationwide network of pro-choice feminist student-run activist organizations.

For more information:
Feminist Majority Foundation
1600 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
campusteam@feminist.org
(866) 444-3652

The Institute for Career Advancement Needs, Inc. (ICAN)
The Institute for Career Advancement Needs, Inc. (ICAN) is a non-profit leadership development organization offering comprehensive leadership training for men and women at every level of their careers.  ICAN was founded in 1981 in Omaha, Nebraska and has delivered leadership programs to over 16,000 professionals representing hundreds of businesses and nonprofit organizations.
 
For more information:
Institute for Career Advancement Needs, Inc. (ICAN)
12565 W. Center Rd, Suite 220
Omaha, NE 68144
ican@icanomaha.org
(402) 392-0746

National Congress of Black Women
The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. Among its programs and initiatives, NCBW encourages women to seek leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.  The group also identifies African American women leaders throughout the country and advocates for their appointment to Presidential administrations.

For more information:
National Congress of Black Women, Inc.
1251 Fourth Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
info@nationalcongressbw.org
(202) 678-6788

National Young Women’s Leadership Conference
Sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation
The National Young Women’s Leadership conference is an annual spring conference for campus activists, many affiliated with FMF’s Choices Campus Campaign. Young feminist activists from around the nation gather to discuss some of today's most pressing issues including reproductive rights, the environment, LGBTQ rights, violence against women, communities of color, war, and the economy. Recent conference speakers included Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Lilly Ledbetter, Dr. Sima Samar, Dolores Huerta, Eleanor Smeal, Shelby Knox, and Representatives Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Carolyn Maloney, and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

For more information:
Feminist Majority Foundation
Choices Campus Leadership Program
1600 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
campusteam@feminist.org
(866) 444-3652

NEW Leadership™ Development Network
Sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
NEW Leadership™ is a week-long residential institute designed to empower college women to become involved in the political process. Participants interact with women from a variety of political and policy-making positions to develop their own concepts of leadership and learn about the roles and representation of women in politics and policy-making in the region. The NEW Leadership™ Development Network currently includes 18 programs throughout the country, including the flagship program in New Jersey and additional programs in New England, AL, CO, GA, IA, IL, ME, MN/ND, MO, NY, NV, PA, OH, OK, OR, WA, and WI.

For more information:
Sasha Patterson
Center for American Women and Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
sashap@rci.rutgers.edu
(848) 932-8809



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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Center for Progressive Leadership
The Center for Progressive Leadership offers two types of trainings in locations throughout the country. The State Political Leaders Fellowship recruits, trains, mentors, and connects promising political leaders and future candidates in target states. The Fellowship consists of nine months of intensive political training, coaching, mentorship, and networking events to provide 40-60 fellows with the skills, resources, knowledge, and relationships needed to become effective future candidates, organizational leaders, and activists in their communities. CPL also offers Springboard Trainings to provide activists, political staff, and future candidates with the skills and resources needed to build long-term political power in their region. These one-time trainings also serve as pre-trainings for the Fellowship programs.

For more information:
Center for Progressive Leadership
1133 19th Street, NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 775-2003

DLC Fellows Program
Sponsored by the Democratic Leadership Committee
Founded in 1985, the DLC Fellows program marries the DLC's focus on values-based leadership with the best practices of leadership development. The two-year program is grounded in the New Democrat philosophy and focuses on how to adapt that philosophy to changing times and new public policy challenges while remaining committed to the underlying vision and principles. The program also identifies and promotes the leadership traits and skills required for today's leaders to effectively advance those core values.

For more information:
Democratic Leadership Committee
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
political@dlc.org
(202) 546-0008

The New American Leaders Project
The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is a national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership. NALP recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for leadership from the community to the Capitol. Through programs and training, NALP seeks to expand the number of immigrants in leadership positions, increase voter participation in immigrant communities and allow immigrant voters more opportunities to engage with leaders who reflect their unique experiences.

For more information:
The New American Leaders Project
666 West End Avenue, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10025
info@newamericanleaders.org
(212) 497-3481

New Leaders Council
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:
Matt Miranda, Programs Director
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
mmiranda@newleaderscouncil.org
(646) 375-2052



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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

Center for American Women and Politics
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. CAWP promotes greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and enhances women's influence and leadership in public life. CAWP scholars conduct research on women and politics; the Center offers up-to-date national information on women in local, state, and federal offices;  CAWP  works with partners across the country to offer state based political education and training program for college women (NEW Leadership™ Development Network) and women preparing to run for political office (Ready to Run™ National Training Network).

For more information:
Debbie Walsh, Director
Center for American Women and Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
cawp.info@rutgers.edu
(848) 932-8799

ElectWomen Magazine
ElectWomen Magazine is a non-partisan online media site that provides campaign tips, stories and resources to women running for political office or thinking about running for office. Candidates and elected officials provide the blog posts and women candidates can blog in – ask questions, offer advice and share information.

For more information:
Kathy Groob, Publisher
(859) 291-9001
info@electwomen.com

EMILY's List  
EMILY's List is a political network committed to a three-pronged strategy to elect pro-choice Democratic women: recruiting and funding viable women candidates; helping them build and run effective campaign organizations; and mobilizing women voters to help elect progressive candidates across the nation. EMILY's List offers:
  • The Political Opportunity Program (POP) to help pro-choice Democratic women run and win for state and local office.
  • Campaign staff training to teach campaign professionals how to be campaign managers, researchers, field operatives, and fundraisers for EMILY's endorsed candidates.
  • The Campaign Corps program to train talented recent graduates and place them on targeted, progressive Democratic campaigns.

For more information:
Stephanie Schriock, President
EMILY's List
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1100
Washington , DC 20036
information@emilyslist.org
(202) 326-1400

Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. FMF engages in research and public policy development, public education programs, grassroots organizing projects, leadership training and development programs, and participates in and organizes forums on issues of women's equality and empowerment. Their sister organization, the Feminist Majority, engages in lobbying and other direct political action, pursuing equality between women and men through legislative avenues.

For more information:
Feminist Majority Foundation
1600 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 522-2214

MANA, A National Latina Orgnaization
MANA is a nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1974. Its mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy. MANA fulfills its mission through programs designed to develop the leadership skills of Latinas, promote community service by Latinas, and provide Latinas with advocacy opportunities.

For more information:
MANA, A National Latina Organization
1146 19th Street NW, Ste. 700
Washington DC, 20036
Hermana2@aol.com
(202) 833-0060

National Congress of Black Women
The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. Among its programs and initiatives, NCBW encourages women to seek leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.  The group also identifies African American women leaders throughout the country and advocates for their appointment to Presidential administrations.

For more information:
National Congress of Black Women, Inc.
1251 Fourth Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
info@nationalcongressbw.org
(202) 678-6788

National Federation of Democratic Women
Founded in 1971, the National Federation of Democratic Women works to unite women of the Democratic Party, promote the cause of the Democratic Party, and to encourage full participation of women in every level of the Democratic Party Structure. With chapters in each state, the NFDW offers educational, networking, and financial support to women getting involved in local, state, or even national politics as candidates, party officials, staff, or volunteers. NFDW's PAC provides financial support for Democratic women, Democratic candidates and other Democratic committees nationwide. The NFDW website lists contacts and news for state chapters.

For more information:
Pat Hobbs, President
National Federation of Democratic Women
26409 Misty Ridge Place
Canyon Country, CA 91387
president@nfdw.com
(661) 424-9077

National Federation of Republican Women
The National Federation of Republican Women is a national grassroots political organization.   The organization promotes an informed public through political education and activity; increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government; fosters loyalty to the Republican Party and promotes its principles and candidates in all elections, including non-partisan elections; and, supports Republican objectives and policies and work for the election of Republican nominees. NFRW promotes its political education goals through its campaign management school program for female members.

For more information:
Sue Lynch, President
National Federation of Republican Women
124 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
political@nfrw.org
(703) 548-9688

National Organization for Women (NOW)
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for 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.

For more information:
Terry O'Neill President
National Organization for Women (NOW)
1100 H Street NW
3rd Floor
Washington , DC 20005
(202) 628-8669

National Republican Women's Network
The National Republican Women's Network works to increase women’s awareness of their political power and their ability to wield that power to impact their communities. In addition to providing informational resources for women in politics, the NRWN supports programs to enable women candidates to run competitive and successful campaigns.

For more information:
Sandra Mortham, President
6675 Weeping Willow Way
Tallahassee, FL 32311
smortham@aol.com

National Women's Political Caucus
The National Women's Political Caucus is a multipartisan, multicultural grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political field and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for all women. Founded in 1971, the NWPC prides itself in increasing the number of pro-choice women elected and appointed into office every year. Through recruiting, training and financial donations, the NWPC provides support to women candidates running for all levels of office regardless of political affiliation.

For more information:
Claire Giessen, Executive Director
National Women's Political Caucus
1003 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
info@nwpc.org
(202) 785-1100

Native Women in Politics
The Native Women's Caucus promotes and supports Native women running for local, state, and federal offices.

For more information:
Native Women in Politics
815 First Avenue
#113
Seattle, WA 98104
info@nativewomenscaucus.com
(360) 689-5856

Project GOPink
Project GOPink serves as a national hub to recruit, train, network and promote women as they work to achieve their public service goals. In addition to providing an online forum and blog to provide news and insight from Republican leaders, Project GOPink seeks to motivate, mentor, and mobilize women across the country in an effort to help more Republican women seek federal, state and local office. The group hosts regional and state conferences, in addition to an annual conference, dedicated to advocacy and candidate training.

For more information:
Suzie Terrell, Founder

Right Women, Right Now
Sponsored by the Republican State Leadership Committee
The Republican State Leadership Committee launched "Right Women, Right Now," in an effort to coordinate with female leaders, party officials and national and local women's groups to identify, recruit and support qualified women nationwide in their campaigns for state-level elected office. State level Republican women have made great strides in recent years with a great deal more to be accomplished and the RSLC is taking the lead to further the party's efforts.

For more information:
Right Women, Right now contact form

Running Start
Running Start is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for office. The organization educates young women about the importance of politics in their lives and gives them the skills they need to become political leaders through a series of programs, including opportunities for experiential learning and access to political and leadership trainings. Programs target women from high school to their late twenties.

For more information:
Running Start
2 Wisconsin Circle
Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
info@runningstartonline.org
(240) 235-6013

Smart Girl Politics
Created as a blog in 2008, Smart Girl Politics, Inc. is a national organization and social network for conservative women in the United States. Smart Girl Politics received 501(c)(4) status in March 2009 to focus on activism, candidate training, and development. Smart Girl Politics works to engage, educate, and empower conservative women through online training covering such topics as local political structure, how to run a campaign, and how to use social media to express your opinions and make your voice heard. The group also has an e-zine and holds an annual conference of conservative women.

For more information:
Stacy Mott, Founder and President
P.O. Box 10526
Burke, VA 22009
info@smartgirlpolitics.org

Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership
Established in 1988 by Congress, the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership develops and delivers a portfolio of unique programs for young people, leaders in local, state and federal government and congressional staff.  Among its programs, the Stennis Center offers four bi-partisan women's leadership programs:
  • The Summit of Southern Women Leaders provides a forum for women leaders from Southern states to discuss ways to strengthen the quality and character of public service.
  • The Southern Women in Public Service Conference brings together women from Southern states who are committed to increasing the number of women leaders in American politics. Participants hear from keynote speakers on the importance of public service, particularly for women.
  • Lifting Leaders is a mentoring program where female public servants provide young women with experience and guidance to pursue their own passion in public service; and
  • The Lindy Boggs award recognizes a woman from the South each year who has demonstrated ideals of patriotism, courage, integrity and leadership through public service.

For more information:
William “Brother” Rogers
Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership
One Research Boulevard
Suite 104
Starkville , MS 39759
brother@stennis.gov
(662) 325-8409

Women and Politics Institute
Sponsored by American University
Founded in 2000, the Women & Politics Institute works to close the gender gap in political leadership by providing young women with academic training that encourages them to become involved in the political process; facilitating faculty and student research to enhance our understanding of the challenges women face in the political arena; and offering Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership. Through the Institute's programs, research, and training, women are given the skills necessary to run for public office, pursue a variety of political careers, and develop their leadership capabilities.

For more information:
Jennifer Lawless, Director
Women and Politics Institute
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Ward 237
Washington, DC 20016
wandp@american.edu
(202) 885-2903

Women's Campaign Forum
Founded in 1974, the Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF) is a non-partisan national network dedicated to achieving parity for women in public office and advancing the political participation and leadership of women who support reproductive health choices for all. It promotes its mission through multiple programs and candidate endorsements. WCF programs include:
  • She Should Run™, an online nomination tool and resource center  for nominators to “ask” women they know to run and to connect the nominees to resources and information to help them further consider the decision to run.
  • Next Generation, a program designed to give women 21-35 the opportunity to build their professional and political networks and encourage mentoring relationships through donor sponsorship.
  • WCF Fellowship Program, where participants build professional skill sets by working within WCF departments, including communications, development, operations, political programs, WCF PAC legal research, and WCF Foundation research.

For more information:
Sam Bennett, President/CEO
Women's Campaign Forum
1900 L Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
info@wcfonline.org  
(202) 393-8164



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Women’s Political Action Committees (PACs)

EMILY's List
EMILY's List is a political network committed to a three-pronged strategy to elect pro-choice Democratic women: recruiting and funding viable women candidates; helping them build and run effective campaign organizations; and mobilizing women voters to help elect progressive candidates across the nation. EMILY's List PAC endorses and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates in each election cycle for statewide and federal offices.

For more information:
Stephanie Schriock, President
EMILY's List
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1100
Washington , DC 20036
information@emilyslist.org
(202) 326-1400

Feminist Majority PAC
The Feminist Majority PAC was founded in 2002 to support Congressional candidates who will carry the banner of women’s rights. Feminist Majority PAC helps feminist candidates across the country with donations, contacts and campaign advice.

For more information:
Alice Cohan
1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
feministmajoritypac.org
(703) 522-2214

Maggie's List PAC
Maggie’s List was created in 2010 as a federal PAC to increase the number of elected women committed to promoting the values of fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility and strong national security. The PAC provides programs and financial support to women candidates who meet these criteria.

For more information:
Sandra Mortham, Chairman and Treasurer
6675 Weeping Willow Way
Tallahassee, FL 32311
smortham@aol.com

National Organization for Women PAC
As an independent, non-partisan committee, NOW/PAC endorses candidates who take uncompromising stands on feminist issues -- including both women and men of any political affiliation.

For more information:
National Organization for Women PAC
1100 H Street
Third Floor
Washington, DC 20005
pacs@now.org
(202) 628-8669

National Women's Political Caucus PAC
NWPC-PAC supports pro-choice women candidates from around the country.

For more information:
Claire Giessen, Executive Director
National Women's Political Caucus PAC
1003 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
info@nwpc.org
(202) 785-1100

Native Women in Politics
The Native Women's Caucus promotes and supports Native women running for local, state, and federal offices.

For more information:
Native Women in Politics
815 First Avenue
#113
Seattle, WA 98104
info@nativewomenscaucus.com
(360) 689-5856

Poder PAC
Created after the 2008 elections, PODER PAC is a national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected at all levels of government. PODER PAC will link candidates to a national fundraising network and help them build more effective campaign organizations. The committee connects candidates with an experienced network of Latinas prepared to help candidates with fundraising, strategy, get out the vote, and issue education.

For more information:
Catherine Pino, Treasurer
3520 Maple Court
Falls Church, VA 22041
info@poderpac.com

The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund
The Susan B. Anthony List is a pro-life women's PAC designed to provide early money to women running for high national office.

For more information:
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President and Chair
The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund
1800 Kent Street
Suite 1070
Arlington , VA 22209
information@sba-list.org 
(703) 875-3370

Value in Electing Women PAC
Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee (VIEW PAC) was created to elect qualified Republican women to federal office. Founded in 1998 and chaired by former Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH), it has contributed over $400,000 to Republican women candidates.

For more information:
Meredith Kelley, Treasurer
VIEW PAC
701 8th Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20001

VOICES of Conservative Women
VOICES of Conservative Women is a National nonpartisan, nonprofit working to encouage more women to be involved in public policy and train women for elected office. We are have and are building a state by state network - VOICES of Conservative Women State PACs.

For more information:
Jennifer DeJournett, President
VOICES of Conservative Women
PO Box 2514
Maple Grove, MN 55311
info@voicesofconservativewomen.org
www.voicesofconservativewomen.org
612-460-1870

WISH List
WISH List (Women in the Senate and the House) supports Republican, pro-choice women.

For more information:
Pat Carpenter, President
WISH List
333 North Fairfax Street
Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
wish@thewishlist.org
(703) 778-5550

Woman's National Democratic Club PAC
WNDC PAC has two goals: to elect a Democrat as President, and to maintain and build upon recent gains in Congressional races. The group also prioritizes closing the gender gap that exists within the political system.

For more information:
Woman's National Democratic Club PAC
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
info@democraticwoman.org
(202) 232-7363

Women Under Forty PAC (WUFPAC)
Recognizing the need to develop a "farm team" of young women in elective office, WUFPAC supports the efforts of women under forty from all political parties who are running for Congress and the state legislatures. In contrast to other PACs, WUFPAC gives every member an equal voice in selecting the candidates to support with WUFPAC funds.

For more information:
Katie Vlietstra, President
Women Under Forty PAC (WUFPAC)
811 4th Street NW
Suite 1208
Washington, DC 20001
info@wufpac.org
(202) 494-7624

Women's Action for New Directions PAC (WAND PAC)
WAND PAC is a political action committee of WAND (Women's Action for New Directions) members. As a national membership organization, WAND works to increase women's political power for the purpose of reducing violence and militarism and redirecting excessive military resources to unmet human and environmental needs. WAND supports women who are members of WAND or WiLL (the Women Legislators' Lobby) who are running for the United States Congress.

For more information:
Susan Shaer, Executive Director
Women's Action for New Directions PAC (WAND PAC)
691 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington , MA 02476
info@wand.org
(781) 643-6740

Women's Campaign Fund
The Women's Campaign Fund (WCF) is a non-partisan PAC whose mission is to provide women with the resources they need to win political office. WCF endorses qualified women candidates running for all levels of government, from across the country, who pledge to support reproductive health choices for all. The endorsement process is competitive and based on a written application and an interview with WCF’s Political Director and/or President/CEO. WCF Endorsed Candidates are featured in WCF member communications and on the WCF website, given access to WCF’s special programs and network of donors, guidance from WCF’s political team, and WCF PAC makes contributions where the support is most needed.

For more information:
Erin Cutraro, Vice President & Political Director
1900 L Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
info@wcf.org
(202) 393-8164
Fax: (202) 393-0649

Women's Political Committee
Established in 1984, the Women's Political Committee supports progressive women candidates for federal office.  Candidates must support the National Feminist Agenda, that includes choice, pay equity and civil rights.

For more information:
Kathryn Kerfes Amira, co-chair
Valerie Wisot, co-chair



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Gender Parity Legislation

Currently, nine states have legislation requiring or encouraging gender parity on state and/or local boards and commissions: CT, IA, IL, MT, ND, NH, RI, UT, and WV.