Emerge Louisiana

Emerge Louisiana


Emerge Louisiana
 will launch in 2017 as the premier campaign-training program for Democratic women in the state. Emerge inspires women to run for public office, and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in all levels of public office throughout the state. Emerge Louisiana will join 18 other state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

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

While women comprise more than 50% of the electorate, they still hold just 29% of elected offices in this country. Louisiana has sent only two women to the U.S. House of Representatives (both of whom succeeded their husbands); only three women to the U.S. Senate; and only one woman has ever served as Governor of Louisiana. They were all Democrats. There are only three Democratic women in the 39-member state senate and only eight in the 105-member house of representatives. This dismal lack of Democratic women in office underscores the fact that a very large pool of highly-qualified candidates is being left untapped. 

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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana'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 18 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, over 325 Emerge alumnae ran for office across the country and 70% won their elections.

Emerge Louisiana will become a part of this powerful national organization, 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 Louisiana is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

 

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