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Allison Abney
Communications Director
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News Articles

Nov 29 2016

Many of us were sure Hillary Clinton was going to break the highest glass ceiling in the land, and were — and still are — stunned that didn’t happen. But this is no time to wallow. Now, more than ever, women need to lead, and Emerge Michigan can help them do that.

Eclecta Blog
Nov 18 2016

Beth Kelly, executive director of an organization that grooms Democratic women to run for political office in Michigan, signs her emails with a simple but hopeful word: Onward.

The Detroit News
Nov 11 2016

BUT APART from that one race, how did women leaders fare on Tuesday? The answer: surprisingly well. The defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign has obviously overshadowed every other contest, but the success of down-ballot candidates provides an encouraging antidote to despair. Women continue to climb the political ladder, and with any luck the election of a misogynist like Donald Trump will spur even more to throw their hats into the ring.

Boston Globe
Nov 1 2016

Women make up just over half of the U.S. population, but just 12 percent of the nation's governors, according to data from the National Governors Association compiled by Bloomberg. That's down from a peak of 20 percent, in 2005. "The problem is the pipeline," says Andrea Dew Steele, President of Emerge America, a national organization that recruits, trains and offers other non-financial help to female candidates at the state and local level. "That's why we are doing everything we can to encourage women to run for election."

Bloomberg Brief
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.


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

Blog Posts

Dec 5 2016
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

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.

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

Press Releases

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.

May 17 2016



May 17, 2016

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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

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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