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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
Dec 10 2016

By Yvonne Abraham

And now, a ray of hope.

Are you a woman, or someone who cares about them? Are you miserable over the Electoral College defeat of the person you thought was going to be our first female president? Are you especially appalled that she lost to a misogynistic throwback?

You are not alone. Like you, Lisa J.B. Peterson woke up on Nov. 9th feeling gutted.

“I realized women were so much further behind than I thought we were,” said the financial planner from Salem. “The rug was completely pulled out from under me.”

The Boston Globe
Dec 10 2016

By Ovetta Wiggins

Martha McKenna expected about 75 people to attend her group’s annual fundraiser. Then Hillary Clinton lost.

And the RSVP list for last week’s gathering for Emerge Maryland, part of a national network that identifies potential female Democratic candidates for office and encourages them to run, swelled to nearly 250 people.

The Washington Post
Dec 9 2016

A month ago, most observers — even Republicans! — believed we would be inaugurating the first female president in January. But even though Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by a margin that now exceeds 2.6 million ballots, it was not enough to secure the necessary victory in the Electoral College.

The woman who would be president lost in a campaign marked by stunning levels of misogyny, with mainstream media outlets getting caught up with the right-wing belief that a woman who has risen so high must have some dirty secret lurking in her emails. To add insult to injury, she lost to a man who literally bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Salon

Blog Posts

Feb 15 2017

Spring 2017 Political 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.

 

Feb 14 2017

 

Spring 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.

 

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:
Sep 26 2016

Emerge America’s Internship Pipeline Program

Top 3 Reasons to Join the Emerge America Team

May 25 2016

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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.

Mar 21 2016

When I was a child in my local mosque, I learned some well-intentioned but completely misguided pieces of information about Islam. I grew up with a mixed concoction of cultural beliefs steering the application of Islam. In one instance, I was told that women do not  publicly speak about Islam after asking my Quran teacher about what to say about the five pillars of Islam for my 6th grade class presentation. This was a clear example of how patriarchal culture overrode actual Islamic teachings.

Press Releases

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 24 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. 

Sep 1 2016


Louisville, Ky.This is already an historic year for women, with the first woman ever to be nominated for president from a major political party. But, our work is not over.  While Hillary Clinton sits at the top of the ticket, Emerge Kentucky is training female leaders here in the Commonwealth to continue to break the glass ceiling.

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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