News Articles

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

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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

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.

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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.

Jul 9 2015

San Francisco, Calif.–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.Emerge America’s “Fo

May 11 2015

San Francisco, Calif.—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, Calif—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.

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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