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Mar 20 2017

The decision to run for a public office role in government isn’t an easy one, especially when considering things such as how your public image will affect you and your family or the dreaded act of fundraising.

But if the 2016 presidential election — and the resulting aftershocks — has showed voters anything, it’s that they want change.

Emerge Pennsylvania, a two-year-old affiliate of the national organization Emerge America, operates with the belief that change can start by getting more Democratic women into office. The org hopes to achieve that by both encouraging and training a cohort of women to run through its seven-month training program.

Generocity
Mar 20 2017

One of the few good things to come out of the presidential election is the enormous uptick of women who want to influence positive change.

"We haven't had to go out and build that passion and build that wave because that wave came out of the election. Women looked at what happened, looked at the president who thinks it's okay to grope women, and women are standing up now and saying 'no, it's not,'" said Beth Kelly, executive director of Emerge Michigan, the premier training program for Democratic women that inspires them to run for public office and hones their skills to win.

Pride Source
Mar 20 2017

Six women from Knoxville and Maryville are in the first class of Emerge Tennessee, an organization that places Democratic women on ballots.

They'll join other women across Tennessee for training that will prepare them for a run for public office.

"The 24 women that are slated for our inagural training will receive 70 hours' worth of skill training that ranges from public speaking to fundraising, campaign strategy and field operations," Cortney Piper, president of Piper Communications, said.

Mar 20 2017
NPR

This past November was a wake-up call for the Democratic Party. Many Democratic women, in particular, are feeling a strong need to answer that call.

Less than a quarter of elected positions are filled by women in the U.S. There are many reasons for that, but Democratic activist Diane Fink says women are often discouraged somewhere along the way. She runs Emerge Maryland, a group that helps Democratic women run for office.

NPR
Mar 15 2017
CNN

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - Alyson Leahy remembers sobbing as election results came in. The 30-year-old graphic designer is a lifelong liberal who grew up in a small, conservative town in southwestern Wisconsin. She's voted in every national election since she was able to, and considers herself an informed voter.

CNN
Feb 24 2017
NPR

Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years? Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter-century.

NPR
Feb 24 2017

We’re now two weeks into the presidency of the most misogynistic president in modern history. Already, Donald Trump has shown that his turn in the Oval Office will be one that will be remembered for its attacks on women, minorities, the LGBT community and working-class Americans. The energy created by women’s marches is great, but it’s now time for the women’s movement to step up and prepare for action. We must seize on this moment and galvanize our cause into a force that will carry us into the future. Here are 6 strategies for us to employ in 2017 and beyond.

Huffington Post
Feb 24 2017

The day after Donald Trump's inauguration, millions of women around the world took to the streets to make their voices heard. And at protest after protest after that, demonstrators heard one clear message from organizers: This is just the beginning. Ever since Trump won the presidential election, many women's groups have reported floods of people expressing interest in running for office, and that number has only increased since his inauguration.

 

It's about time, because the situation right now is nothing short of dire. At the beginning of 2017, women were just 19.1 percent of incoming members of Congress, and were just 21 percent of the Senate. Women made up only 24.6 percent of state legislatures, 10 percent of all governors, and 18.4 percent of mayors of cities with more than 30,000 residents, according to Emerge America, a group that recruits Democratic women to run for office.

Elle
Jan 20 2017

On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee held their first forum in Phoenix, Ariz. on the way to electing new leadership. I was very excited to see a DNC member from California ask a question about how the candidates for chair would work with partner organizations, including women’s groups, on recruitment and training of candidates.

The Hill

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