Emerge New York

Emerge New York launched in 2017 as the premier campaign-training program for Democratic women in the state. Emerge inspires women to run for public office, and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in all levels of public office throughout New York. Emerge New York is part of a network of 22 other state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

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

While women comprise more than 50% of the electorate, they still hold just 29% of elected offices in this country. In the 229 years since statehood, New York has sent only twenty Democratic women to Congress and has never elected a female governor. In terms of having a proportional number of women serving in state legislature, New York only ranks 20th in the nation. Women’s representation in the New York Legislature has stagnated over the last 10 years, with women never comprising more than 25.8% it. While the national representation of women in the legislature has been trending upward, New York has been unable to make significant strides in the number of Democratic women elected, and the pipeline for future female leaders is decreasing.

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 New York 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 New York‘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 New York is part of this powerful national network, reaching every region of the country. For more information, please contact us at contact@emergeny.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 New York is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

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