News Articles

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.
Emerge America provides training, connections and support for women candidates seeking local and state office.
Apr 27 2015

By Deborah Baker, Journal Staff Writer

Democrats determined to overcome last year’s losses, reclaim the state House and keep control of the Senate have chosen Debra Haaland as the new state party chairwoman.

Haaland was elected at a meeting Saturday in Albuquerque of nearly 400 members of the Democratic State Central Committee.

Albuquerque Journal
Mar 10 2015

By Andrea Dew Steele, Founder and President, Emerge America

Last week, I attended the Watermark Conference with Hillary Clinton in Silicon Valley. I, like most of the 5,000 women in attendance, was filled with pent-up excitement about the prospect of Hillary running for president again in 2016. The feeling in the air was feverish and Hillary was greeted with wild enthusiasm.

Huffington Post

Blog Posts

Jan 28 2016

The elected officials I most admire constantly talk to their constituents. They talk to them on Twitter, on the street, at community meetings run by others and at neighborhood gatherings they pull together themselves. Their constant openness takes energy. Sometimes, it can confuse constituents who aren’t used to access, as U.S. Senator Booker (D-NJ) found a few years ago when a resident of Ireland reached out to him to for help filling a ditch:

Jan 22 2016

Spring 2016 Communications and Development 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

Jan 15 2016

The great thing about public service is that it feels so pleasurable to win and to see your values carry the day. On the other hand, it can nearly break your heart to lose a vote. My first victory came when I was the Advocacy Chair on the board of directors for a non-profit food pantry.

Dec 18 2015



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Emerge Michigan



Nov 9 2015

Emerge America is hosting our 10th Anniversary Conference and Luncheon on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Francisco. The theme of this year's event is "From Ambition to Action: Celebrating 10 Years of Emerge America's Impact" and will include a morning conference followed by a luncheon with keynote speakers California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Nov 3 2015

We have 63 amazing Emerge alumnae on the ballot today from California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia. Win or lose, they are making a difference in their communities and changing the discourse around women in politics. We are so proud of the campaigns they have run and we can't wait to see the results!

Emerge California
Annissa Schneider — Millbrae City Council
Alicia Crank — Edmonton City Council
Linda Jackson — San Rafael School Board

Jul 17 2015

What advice would you have for women in law enforcement who are considering a run for office?

Law enforcement and politics are very different. There’s nothing political about being a law enforcement officer, so you have to switch hats when you are running for office. It is important to find a balance so that you don’t bring politics into the workplace, and you don’t betray your values on the campaign trail. 

Press Releases

Jul 9 2015

New Study Released Shows 85 Percent Of Prosecutors Go Unchallenged

Hosting Webinar For Women Interested In Running For Law Enforcement Positions

San Francisco – July 9, 2015 -- Emerge America ( launched a national effort to identify, recruit, train and support Democratic women to run for key law enforcement positions in the 2016 election cycle. The push is part of Emerge America’s “Fo

May 11 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Moms are ideal candidates, and that's why Emerge America, the only national organization that recruits, trains and supports a powerful network for Democratic women candidates, launched campaign to increase the number of women candidates by 20 percent, starting with moms.

Nov 7 2014

San Francisco, CA - Emerge America ( ran 172 women at every level in 14 states across the country on Tuesday. Of those 172, an impressive 54% won their races.

May 24 2011

San Francisco - National leading expert on gender and politics comes to speak to a politically engaged group of legal professionals in San Francisco.

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.
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
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
Emilio De Torre
Director of Youth and Programs
ACLU of Wisconsin
Anita Johnson
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
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.
Kamala Lopez
Founder and Executive Director
The ERA Education Project
Bettina Hager
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. 
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, The Huffington Post and BlogHer. Other publishing credits include, techPresident, Forbes Russia,,, 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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