Emerge Mississippi

Emerge Mississippi

Help bring Emerge to Mississippi! Emerge recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women running for office. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in all levels of public office. Become a founding funder of Emerge Mississippi. Emerge Mississippi will join 18 other state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

Emerge Mississippi is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

Women make up 51% of Mississippi’s population, but only 17% of the State House and 12% of the State Senate. Mississippi has consistently ranked near the bottom for its share of state legislative seats held by women and has never had a female governor. Mississippi has never elected a woman to Congress and none of Mississippi’s five largest cities with elected Mayors has woman mayor. Furthermore, only one Democratic woman has held a state-wide office in Mississippi. In all four of Mississippi’s congressional districts, the median yearly pay for women who work full time, year-round is less than the median yearly pay for men who do. In addition, the wage gap can be even larger for women of color. For example, among Mississippi’s women who hold full-time, year-round jobs, African American women are paid 56 cents and Latinas are paid 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. This is why Emerge Mississippi, and this is why Emerge Mississippi now!

Studies show women tend to introduce more bills in Congress, be more collaborative and consensus driven, and lead on issues related to family, health care, childcare, education, violence against women and reproductive health. That’s why increasing the number of Democratic women candidates is so important. Emerge Mississippi intends to level the playing field, de-mystify the process of engaging in politics, and identify and train women who have thought about running for office, but who may assume they lack the necessary experience or connections to mount a successful campaign.

Emerge Mississippi's role is to:

  • Recruit women to run for office at all levels of government
  • Train them to run effective campaigns and win races
  • Provide a powerful network to support women running for office 

The Emerge model is an intensive 70-hour, cohort-based training program, designed explicitly to address the extra challenges that women face in the political arena by offering early-stage recruitment; top-notch, comprehensive training; and an ongoing network of support. We use a rigorous, highly selective application and screening process to ensure that our participants are great future candidates. Our recruitment effort focuses on all levels of diversity, so we can add depth and breadth to the Democratic candidate pool.

The track record of Emerge America’s program model speaks for itself. Founded only 10 years ago and operating in 18 states, the Emerge affiliates have trained over 2,000 Democratic women nationwide, creating a powerful pipeline of Democratic women running in politically important districts. In 2016, 330 Emerge alumnae ran for office across the country and 70% of those who appeared on the November ballot won their elections.

Emerge Mississippi will become a part of this powerful national network, reaching every region of the country. For more information, please contact us at contact@emergeamerica.org or call (415) 344-0323 x4. To learn more about Emerge America, please visit our website at www.emergeamerica.org.

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Emerge Mississippi is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

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