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Apr 26 2016

By Andrea Dew Steele
President and Founder, Emerge America

Recently, I sat down with a reporter friend of mine and he asked me if I was ecstatic about the election. “Why would I be ecstatic?” I asked him.

Huffington Post
Apr 3 2016

It’s Women’s History Month, the perfect time to reflect on the sacrifices of the countless women who came before us, celebrate the triumphs and achievements we’ve had, and recognize what we need to do to continue down the path to progress. What a year this could be for women. Over the last few months, newspapers, political pundits and the Internet have been loudly proclaiming that 2016 may be a historic year for women.

Huffington Post
Nov 30 2015

By Alan Greenblatt
November 2015 

Val Hoyle became majority leader of the Oregon House just three years after joining the chamber. That’s pretty impressive, but it might be less important than the fact she has been succeeded by another woman. Hoyle stepped down as leader this summer to concentrate on a race for secretary of state and was replaced by Rep. Jennifer Williamson. “My being there was not an anomaly,” Hoyle says.

Governing Magazine
Sep 14 2015

If Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina can run for president, why don't more women run for state legislative seats? For about 20 years now, women have made up slightly less than a quarter of all state legislators.

"We've sort of been stuck somewhere between 22 and 24 percent, really since about 1997," said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.

Governing Magazine
Aug 25 2015

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This week the nonprofit Women Donors Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign issued a groundbreaking report showing white Americans hold 95 percent of elected prosecutor positions.  The report is called Justice for All? and its findings were reported from coast to coast. 

KBOO Community Radio
Jul 13 2015

By Nisha Chittal

July 13, 2015

Although there are 400,000 women lawyers in America, women make up just 17% of prosecutors nationally – and of that, just 1% are women of color.

A new campaign aims to change that, arguing that elected law enforcement positions such as prosecutor roles have some of the most power to impact the lives of women.

May 11 2015
Recently, during a trip to Boston, I invited Emerge Massachusetts alumna and Boston City Councilwoman Michelle Wu to lunch.  I was excited to meet her because I knew that her race and win were “historic”—Michelle was the youngest woman elected to the Boston City Council at 28 years old.  She is also one of only 11 women and only two Asian-Americans EVER elected to the Boston City Council.
Huffington Post
May 7 2015
A group focused on recruiting Democratic women to run for office is launching a campaign Friday called “Follow Hillary’s Lead” aimed at increasing by 20 percent the number of women candidates in 2016.
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