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Apr 26 2017
Apr 19 2017

DNC Chair Tom Perez weighs in on Georgia's special election and Jon Ossoff's odds at winning the June runoff. Perez says the party will organize for Ossoff and that Dems need a 50-state strategy.

Apr 19 2017

LAS VEGAS — Cheaper tampons. Office breaks to pump breast milk. No co-pay on birth control.

These are not the talking points of a ladies’ happy hour. They are among the State Senate and Assembly bills being considered in the Nevada Legislature. Not only were the bills designed solely with women in mind, they each were sponsored by a female lawmaker.

At 39.7 percent, Nevada now ranks near the top for women’s representation in state politics, second only to Vermont. The bills women are bringing to the State Senate floor this session range from the annual ranking of companies by how fairly they pay men and women to arguably the most historic — the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

The New York Times
Apr 7 2017

Last week, I read an op-ed by Timothy Stanley on suggesting that it’s too soon for Hillary Clinton to be back out in public. He said Democrats need more time to move on ― that her presence back on the main stage is a distraction and deterrent for the party moving forward.

As the president of an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, I couldn’t disagree more. Women across the country need to see that you can suffer defeat and still get back up. If Hillary can go through something as devastating as losing to Donald Trump and still have the resiliency and strength to step forward, then surely they can overcome anything that they encounter.

The Huffington Post
Mar 24 2017

“Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Fifteen women who participated in candidate training programs administered by Emerge Wisconsin are on April 4 ballots in the state.

Wisconsin Gazette
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.

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

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.

Mar 15 2017

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.


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