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News Articles

Sep 15 2016

Fourteen of our state affiliates are currently accepting applications for their next classes of aspiring Democratic women leaders. As women working to increase our representation in government, we know we have to keep moving forward even as we also focus on winning elections in November.

Huffington Post Blog
Aug 30 2016

While America’s political kingmakers inject their millions into high-profile presidential and congressional contests, Democratic mega-donor George Soros has directed his wealth into an under-the-radar 2016 campaign to advance one of the progressive movement’s core goals — reshaping the American justice system.

 

Politico
Aug 25 2016

Maine Governor Paul LePage’s recent conflict with Rep. Patty Hymanson was tinged with coded language clearly intended to undermine her credibility by attacking her gender. Though his tone toward women isn’t as blatantly biased as it often is toward people of color, there is no denying the intent behind his choice of words.

Portland Press Herald
Aug 24 2016


This year, America celebrated the historic nomination of Hillary Clinton as the first woman presidential candidate of a major party. However, as we celebrate this event, we also need to be cognizant of a problem women are facing down the ballot. Namely, women are not gaining any ground in the fight to achieve equal representation in government as a whole, and there are many places across the country where we’re losing the hard fought progress we’ve made.

Ms. Magazine Blog
Aug 3 2016

Watching Hillary Clinton accept the nomination for President of the United States last week was one of the greatest thrills of my life. As the President and Founder of Emerge America, I spend every single day working to elect more Democratic women. 

Huffington Post Blog
Jul 27 2016

Last week, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Many Democrats are happy with Kaine, a respected bilingual Senator with an impressive resume. Others, who were hoping for a more diverse pick, are less enthused.

Huffington Post Blog
Jun 22 2016

As the President of an organization dedicated to recruiting Democratic women to run for office, I was thrilled to hear Senator Sanders talk about the importance of getting more people interested in running for office at the state and local level during his speech last week.

Huffington Post Blog
Jun 17 2016

By Andrea Dew Steele 

President and Founder, Emerge America 

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The Huffington Post
Jun 10 2016

On Tuesday, the United States woke up to its first de facto female presidential nominee in Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, California nominated two women — state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) — for its high-profile race for a U.S.

Washington Post

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Sep 26 2016

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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.

Mar 14 2016

We are thrilled to share that Emerge America is growing! We have recently hired two new staff members who will begin working out of a new office in Washington, DC. Allison Abney is joining Emerge America as our Communications Director, bringing years of experience working on a variety of federal, state and local campaigns, and most recently leading the media relations department of IR+Media, a public relations firm specializing in diversity and includion PR. A'shanti Gholar is joining us as our new Political Director.

Mar 14 2016

As our 2016 classes begin to graduate, we want to share and celebrate with you, our alumnae and supporters! The following speech was given by Emerge Maine executive director and alumna (Class of 2009) Jill Barkley at their graduation reception on March 12, 2016:

This current election year has given a lot of attention to the role of women and sexism in politics. That’s right, I said sexism in politics. That’s because it still exists, and we know that, whether it is very subtle or very overt.

Mar 3 2016

By Natalie Kaye Arazi, Emerge California Class of 2016
City of Los Angeles, Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council - Vice President

Women are on the cusp of a revolution. We are one of the fastest growing philanthropist groups in the United States, and our contributions send a strong message that we will financially support those things that are important to us. “As women flex their developing muscle and money, their giving is exploding in multiple arenas across the U.S. and world.” 1

Feb 22 2016

By Pratima Gupta, MD MPH
Emerge California Class of 2016 and 2016 candidate for San Francisco Democratic County Central Committ

Press Releases

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.

May 17 2016

 

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May 17, 2016

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May 3 2016

Boston, Mass.—Emerge Massachusetts, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced today that Congressman Joe Kennedy III has joined its Men’s Leadership Council. 

Apr 25 2016

Philadelphia, Pa.—Emerge Philadelphia, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced its executive director, Anne Wakabayashi, will introduce former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today at a Get Out the Vote Rally in the Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard at 7:15 p.m.

Apr 20 2016

San Francisco, Calif.Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization for recruiting and training women to run for office, announced today that it has appointed Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense in America, to its national board of directors.

Apr 11 2016
 Milwaukee, Wis.—Emerge Wisconsin, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced today that 26 out of the 29 of their program’s participants and alumnae who were running for elected office won their races on Tuesday.
Apr 11 2016

Washington, D.C.—Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced today that it has appointed former Texas state senator, 2014 Texas gubernatorial candidate and nationally-acclaimed women’s issues advocate Wendy Davis as its next advisory board member.

Apr 6 2016

Washington, D.C.—Emerge America, the nation’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced today it has opened an office in Washington, D.C. and hired Allison Abney and A'shanti Gholar as its first D.C.-based staff.

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

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