Emerge Rhode Island

Emerge Rhode Island


Help bring Emerge to Rhode Island! 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 Rhode Island. Emerge Rhode Island will join 21 other state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

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

Women make up 51.7% of Rhode Island’s population, but only 27.4% of the state legislature. Rhode Island only has two women in state executive elected office, and has yet to provide the right to earn paid sick days. Men hold Rhode Island’s two Congressional seats and its two Senate seats. Governor Gina Raimondo is the first woman to serve as Governor of Rhode Island, and she is one out of three Democratic woman serving as governors in the United States. Rhode Island has never had a female United States Senator and Rhode Island’s only female congresswoman was Republican Claudine Schneider, who ended her term in the House in 1991. Women in Rhode Island still make 83 cents on the dollar compared with men. This is why Emerge Rhode Island and this is why Emerge Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island'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 21 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is currently raising our seed funding. 
Please consider a donation today to help our launch!

Emerge Rhode Island was featured in RI Future, access the article here: http://bit.ly/2qso2sC

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