Alumnae in the News

Alumnae Spotlight

Paula Phillips

Milwaukee School Board

Emerge Wisconsin, 2017

Arvina Martin

Madison City Council

Emerge Wisconsin, 2014

Yolanda Avila

Colorado Springs City Council

Emerge Colorado, 2016

Debra Haaland

Candidate for US Congress, NM-1

Emerge New Mexico, 2007

Alumnae In The News

May 19 2016

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Michelle Wu never thought about running for office.

Her parents, Taiwanese immigrants, stressed the value of stable, high-paying jobs. Adults in her mostly-white community suggested she take up figure skating, based on the success of Michelle Kwan.

May 19 2016

Fortunately, a “bathroom bill” proposed by Wisconsin Republicans during the last legislative session went nowhere. The bill would have forced transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates rather than the genders with which they identify.

But the issue isn’t dead in Wisconsin. State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewauskum, says he’ll introduce a bill even stronger than last year’s — one that applies not only to student facilities but to public restrooms everywhere in the state.

May 11 2016

Women in politics have to deal with a lot of garbage.

The abuse, often arriving via email and social media interactions, defies party lines and gender. Recipients are simultaneously horrified by it and resigned to it. Women going into politics know sexism is the cost of admission, but it’s still a steep price to pay.

“You have to be pretty strong,” said former state Rep. Michelle Litjens, a Republican who represented the Neenah area from 2011 to 2013. “I think more strong than a man, because I don’t think they go after men’s children like they do for a woman.”

May 7 2016

Roberta Phillip-Robbins, a candidate for Oregon House District 43, has resigned her position as a specialist in gang violence prevention at Multnomah County so she can stay in the legislative race.

The decision comes in response to WW's reporting earlier Friday.

Sep 15 2015

The Boston Globe recently highlighted Emerge Massachusetts alumna and current candidate for Boston City Council, Andrea Campbell, in this compelling profile about her inspirating for running and her suprising primary win against the district's 32-year-old incumbent.

Sep 13 2015

Emerge Oregon alumna and former Oregon House Majority Leader Rep. Val Hoyle emphasized the impact that women have had on the Oregon state Legislature during her speech to the American Association of University Women.

Sep 3 2015

Emerge Wisconsin alumna and state Representative Melissa Sargent writes a compelling op-ed in support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, urging her fellow Wisconsin lawmakers to follow suit in protecting their state.

Aug 17 2015

An new program spearheaded by Emerge New Jersey alumna and Essex Freeholder Board President Britnee Timberlake will allocate money to low-income residents to use as a down payment, towards closing costs, or to reduce mortgage principal when buying their first home. 

Jun 2 2015

Moira Walsh, who waits tables at the Classic Cafe in Providence, says she can't buy a gallon of milk with an hour's work.

Her hourly pay is $2.89 before tips, the state's minimum wage for tipped workers. "I love my job," she said. "I get paid to be nice to people."

But some of her customers don't leave a tip. When they don't even leave enough to pay the bill, she has to make up the difference. And if she is sexually harassed, she can't say, "That's not just politically incorrect, but it's actually illegal," because she knows that the customer hasn't tipped her yet. 

May 10 2015

"We all want to age with dignity in the places and with the people we love, and at some point most of us will need the assistance of a care worker to do so." Emerge Colorado Board Chair and State Rep. Jessie Danielson wrote an impassioned op-ed about the importance of valuing home-care workers and their critical contributions to our society for the Denver Post.

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