Emerge Iowa

Emerge Iowa

Help bring Emerge to Iowa! Emerge recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women running for office. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in all levels of public office. Become a founding funder of Emerge Iowa. Emerge Iowa will join 20 other state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

Emerge Iowa is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

Women make up 51% of Iowa’s population, but only 12.9% of the state House and 16.19% of the state Senate. Additionaly, Iowa has never had a female congressperson nor a female Democratic senator. According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, there are no women of color in statewide elective executive office. Of Iowa’s 33 women in the state legislature, 23 are Democrats. If current trends continue, women in Iowa will not see equal pay until the year 2056. 

 This is why Emerge Iowa, and this is why Emerge Iowa now!

Studies show women tend to introduce more bills in Congress, be more collaborative and consensus driven, and lead on issues related to family, health care, childcare, education, violence against women and reproductive health. That’s why increasing the number of Democratic women candidates is so important. Emerge Iowa intends to level the playing field, de-mystify the process of engaging in politics, and identify and train women who have thought about running for office, but who may assume they lack the necessary experience or connections to mount a successful campaign.

Emerge Iowa's role is to:

  • Recruit women to run for office at all levels of government
  • Train them to run effective campaigns and win races
  • Provide a powerful network to support women running for office 

The Emerge model is an intensive 70-hour, cohort-based training program, designed explicitly to address the extra challenges that women face in the political arena by offering early-stage recruitment; top-notch, comprehensive training; and an ongoing network of support. We use a rigorous, highly selective application and screening process to ensure that our participants are great future candidates. Our recruitment effort focuses on all levels of diversity, so we can add depth and breadth to the Democratic candidate pool.

The track record of Emerge America’s program model speaks for itself. Founded only 10 years ago and operating in 20 states, the Emerge affiliates have trained over 2,000 Democratic women nationwide, creating a powerful pipeline of Democratic women running in politically important districts. In 2016, 330 Emerge alumnae ran for office across the country and 70% of those who appeared on the November ballot won their elections.

Emerge Iowa will become a part of this powerful national network, reaching every region of the country. For more information, please contact us at contact@emergeamerica.org or call (415) 344-0323 x4. To learn more about Emerge America, please visit our website at www.emergeamerica.org.

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Emerge Iowa is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

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