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Apr 26 2017
MSNBC
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.

MSNBC
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 CNN.com 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.

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

Blog Posts

Apr 17 2017

 

 

Summer 2017 Communications Internship

If you are enthusiastic about the advancement of women in politics, then this is the internship for you! At Emerge, you will be an important member of a national network that is transforming the face of American politics.

Who We Are

Apr 7 2017

Emerge America’s Summer Internship Program (San Francisco Office)

 

 

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Feb 7 2017
The Opportunity
Jan 12 2017

The Opportunity

Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Our vision: To change the face of power, politics, and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all.

As the national umbrella organization, Emerge America’s role is to:

Dec 5 2016
Mission
 
Emerge America and the Emerge affiliates share one mission: To increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Our vision: To change the face of power, politics, and leadership in this country in order to have policies that are responsive to all. 
 
As the national umbrella organization, Emerge America’s role is to:
May 25 2016

Seeking Development & Marketing Associate

Apr 12 2016

There’s nothing more beautiful than the sound of high heels clicking on glossy marble floors through the halls of power. This is the sound of feminine resolve, determination and momentum. It is the sound our group of 20 Emerge Kentucky women created as we marched throughout the Frankfort, Kentucky Capitol—led by our fearless, female legislative leaders. These tour guides of democracy navigated us through their world, that we are working to one day make our own.

Press Releases

Apr 7 2017

Washington, D.C.—On Tuesday, Emerge America alumnae resisted, persisted and enlisted in races in Wisconsin and Colorado, where 15 of the 17 Emerge women on the ballot won 

“This is what resistance looks like,” said Andrea Steele, Founder and President of Emerge America. “Hillary Clinton inspired these women to join the political process; Donald Trump’s antics and actions spurred them to take action; and Emerge trained and enabled them to win. These winning women are proof of how we can take back our country.”

Feb 15 2017

CONTACT:  Carol Brown Andrews,

Emerge Tennessee Board Member

PHONE615-347-0193

 

Emerge Tennessee Names Executive Director 

 

Nov 16 2016

San Francisco, Calif.—Today, Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office held their annual Ambition to Action Conference and Awards Ceremony at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco. The event took stock of the landscape for women in politics after Hillary Clinton’s historic loss in the November election and strategized about the work left to do in 2018 and 2020 to move closer to gender parity in our governing bodies.

Nov 9 2016

Despite Hillary Clinton's historic upset at the top of the ticket, voters across the country elected almost 150 Emerge women in down ballot races. Her loss should not be seen as a sign that the American public is not willing to vote for women. Emerge candidates won in red states and blue states showing that when Democratic women run, they win at similar rates to their male counterparts.                                     

Oct 25 2016

Washington, D.C.—Today, Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced that Northglenn City Councilmember Jordan Sauers will receive their 2016 Trailblazers Award. The accolade, which recognizes a woman who saw a need and didn't let the fact that no woman had come before her stand in the way of fixing it, is one of three Emerge America bestows to its alumnae each year as part of its Ambition to Action Awards.

Sep 28 2016

Washington, D.C. — Today, Emerge America, the nation’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, launched #WhySheRuns, a social media campaign that will use the real-life stories of current and former women candidates and elected officials to spread the message of why our country needs more women to run for office and why women’s voices are so needed in government. 

Sep 6 2016

 

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA—Emerge Virginia, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office, has opened applications for the class of 2017. The organization seeks Democratic women who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership. 

Emerge America's Webinars

Emerge Webinar Series: Dr. Jennifer L. Lawless discusses her brand new report

Dr. Jennifer L. Lawless, a national leader and researcher on women and politics, is the Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.

Dr. Lawless discussed her brand new report, Men Rule: The Continued Under-Representation of Women in U.S. Politics. The study, which was co-written with Richard L. Fox, takes a hard look at the substantial gender gap in political ambition that exists today in the United States. They conclude that when women do run for public office, they are just as likely as their male counterparts to win their races.

How and When Do I Respond? The Art of Messaging in Politic Life.
Each day we are barraged with information, news stories and headlines. How can we create the headlines consistent with our values? How can we support national messages around 'hot' topics like choice, reproductive freedom and women's rights? Join us for an informative discussion that shares key resources, strategies and approaches to messaging.
 
Panelists:
 
Ted Miller
Director of Communications and Online Advocacy Strategies
NARAL Pro-Choice America
 
Eric Sapp
Founding Partner of the Eleison Group and
Consultant to Media Matters Action Network
 
Moderator:
 
Wendy Strout
Executive Director
Emerge Wisconsin
The Truth About Voting Rights: Why We Must Protect This Fundamental Right
In the last year, a wave of new legislation has passed around the country that has made it harder for eligible Democratic voters to cast their ballots. As a result, millions of citizens will find it more difficult to participate in the 2012 election.
 
We invite you to join us to learn cutting edge information on:
-The newest social science evidence of voter fraud 
-The country's current landscape for voter identification rules at the polls 
-Voter suppression and how they affect the young, low income, elderly, and communities of color
 
Panelists:
Emilio De Torre
Director of Youth and Programs
ACLU of Wisconsin
 
Anita Johnson
Organizer
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Fund
 
Dr. Lorraine C. Minnite
Author of The Myth of Voter Fraud
Associate Professor
Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers University-Camden
 
Moderator:
Elizabeth Sawyer
Executive Director
Emerge Kentucky
Equal Means Equal: The ERA Education Project
"Women's equality is the global civil rights issue of the 21st century.  Without the legal basis for equality, all the rest of our work amounts to building skyscrapers on quicksand."  
 
- Kamala Lopez, Founder and Executive Director of The ERA Education Project
 
More than 75% of us think men and women have equal rights under the law, while 96% of us think we should.  But we don't.
 
The ERA Education Project is a multi-platform national media campaign to raise 
awareness about and educate the public on the need for full federal equality for women. Join Kamala Lopez and Bettina Hager as we explore the groundbreaking work of the organization and why it's important, as well as what has been achieved so far and our next steps together in the battle for equality.
 
With:
Kamala Lopez
Founder and Executive Director
The ERA Education Project
 
Bettina Hager
Co-Chair
The ERA Task Force
 
Moderated by:
Reena Szczepanski
Executive Director
Emerge New Mexico
 
 
 
Strategies for Online Engagement
A Primer for Candidates, Electeds and Activists
 
Are you planning to:
 
  • Run for office?
  • Support a candidate running for office?
  • Drive support behind an issue campaign?  
If so, we encourage you to watch this webinar presentation on: 
 
Campaigning Online, Growing your Online Presence, and  Blogging for Impact
 
Featuring award-winning new media innovator and writer
Sarah Granger (Emerge CA 2005)
 
Please join us for an informative look at the pivotal role played by digital media strategies in campaigns that win. Learn about best practices that can help you drive the message behind your candidate or cause and inspire your online audience to amplify that message for you. 
 
With:
Founder, PublicEdge
Partner, Women's Campaign Consortium
 
Moderated by:
Executive Director, Emerge Oregon
 
Sarah Granger is an award-winning Democratic new media strategist and blogger. She directed the launch of the “first true weblog to be put up by a politician,” according to Wired News and political analysts, while directing Internet strategy for Senator Gary Hart's 2004 U.S. presidential exploratory organization. Sarah currently blogs for The San Francisco Chronicle at SFGate.com, The Huffington Post and BlogHer. Other publishing credits include MSNBC.com, techPresident, Forbes Russia, WSJ.com, MOMocrats.com, and Spectrum magazine, where she covered the Democratic National Convention and the White House. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS, MTV Japan, RT, ABC and NPR.
 

Due to technical error, the first three minutes of the webinar recording were interrupted, during which time Sarah Granger was introduced and her background given. We are therefore including as a pdf attachment Sarah Granger's biography. We apologize for the inconvenience, and encourage you to read more about Sarah's extensive professional experience.

Online Engagement Strategies by Sarah Grainger, Sarah Granger Biography.pdf

Why She Runs

Have you thought about putting your name on the ballot? Learn about the Emerge program and why you should run!

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