News Articles

Aug 10 2017

After decades of getting out-organized and outspent in battles to control state legislatures, Democratic strategists have woken up to the importance of defending against Republican gains at the grass roots.

The anger and fear provoked by the advent of President Trump have led to explosive growth for progressive advocacy groups determined to oppose the president’s agenda and, crucially, to elect Democrats to local office — groups like Indivisible, Run for Something, Emerge America and Color of Change.

The New York Times
Jun 16 2017

HARRISBURG, PA - The women darting through the statehouse here alongside mentoring lawmakers have what Democrats need: sterling resumes, grit and anger at President Trump so deep that they are overlooking misgivings about establishment politics to run under the party banner.

The Los Angeles Times
May 2 2017

In the past six months since Donald Trump's presidential victory, an increasing number of women are determined to continue Hillary Clinton's legacy. As a way to create the political shift they wish to see in the United States, more women are planning to run for office, according to a number of recent reports. As NPR noted in a February report, "Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter century."

One organization that directly supports women looking to run for office is Emerge America, which provides 70-hours of training classes to Democratic women planning their campaigns.  According to A'shanti Gholar. the Political Director for Emerge America, many of the 18 states the program reaches saw the number of people registering for classes in the days following the election not only increase, but double.  Gholar believes the classes are critical not just from a pure educational perspective but for helping women develop the confidence to jump into the world of political campaigning.

Bustle
May 1 2017

As we evaluate Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, there is much cause for alarm. From attacking our healthcare system to attempting to institute an unconstitutional "Muslim Ban" to appointing a Supreme Court justice who wants to take away women’s bodily autonomy, each new policy his administration promotes threatens our democracy and sets our country back further from the bright future so many of us have been working decades to build.

Watching the daily destruction of all that we as Democrats and progressives care about, I find myself clinging to the only silver lining I can find — the wave of Democratic women determined to take their communities and our country back.

The Hill
Apr 26 2017
MSNBC
Apr 19 2017

DNC Chair Tom Perez weighs in on Georgia's special election and Jon Ossoff's odds at winning the June runoff. Perez says the party will organize for Ossoff and that Dems need a 50-state strategy.

MSNBC
Apr 19 2017

LAS VEGAS — Cheaper tampons. Office breaks to pump breast milk. No co-pay on birth control.

These are not the talking points of a ladies’ happy hour. They are among the State Senate and Assembly bills being considered in the Nevada Legislature. Not only were the bills designed solely with women in mind, they each were sponsored by a female lawmaker.

At 39.7 percent, Nevada now ranks near the top for women’s representation in state politics, second only to Vermont. The bills women are bringing to the State Senate floor this session range from the annual ranking of companies by how fairly they pay men and women to arguably the most historic — the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

The New York Times
Apr 7 2017

Last week, I read an op-ed by Timothy Stanley on CNN.com suggesting that it’s too soon for Hillary Clinton to be back out in public. He said Democrats need more time to move on ― that her presence back on the main stage is a distraction and deterrent for the party moving forward.

As the president of an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, I couldn’t disagree more. Women across the country need to see that you can suffer defeat and still get back up. If Hillary can go through something as devastating as losing to Donald Trump and still have the resiliency and strength to step forward, then surely they can overcome anything that they encounter.

The Huffington Post

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