Emerge South Carolina

Emerge South Carolina

 Support Emerge South Carolina's late September launch events! Click the following links to RSVP for Emerge SC's launch events.
Columbia, September 26, 12-1:30 PM
Greenville, September 27, 5:30-7:30 PM
Charleston, September 28, 5:30-7:30 PM

Help bring Emerge to South Carolina! 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 South Carolina. Emerge South Carolina is one out of 22 other state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

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

South Carolina, at times beleaguered and under attack, stands proud, though not untroubled; a state that has made some progress, it still has some distance to go.  South Carolina is ranked 47th in the nation in terms of its percentage of women in the state legislature. There are only 23 total women in the state legislature, with four women in the state senate and nineteen women in the state house. The last woman to serve in Congress was Democrat Elizabeth Patterson, who served from 1987 to 1993. who was  This is why Emerge South Carolina and this is why Emerge South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina'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 2,500 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 South Carolina is 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 South Carolina is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

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