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Mar 29 2018

In many ways, Vermont is a liberal oasis. Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders has represented the state in Congress for 27 years; women don't face restrictions when seeking an abortion; and weed was legalized there earlier this year. But this small, left-leaning New England state has fallen well behind the rest of the country in one area: it has yet to have a woman represent it in the U.S. House or Senate.

Mar 27 2018

Running for political office requires planning and support, and one group is trying to prepare some Louisiana women with their sights on local, state or federal offices.

The Town Talk
Mar 25 2018

Deb Haaland stands to make history. If the New Mexico Democrat's campaign is successful, the single mom could become the only Native American woman to ever serve in the United States Congress.

Mar 15 2018

Being a teacher might not be the best training for being a politician, but it doesn't hurt.

"You're always engaged as a teacher with a group of 30 people, trying to convince them of your points," says Schuyler T. VanValkenburg, one of two educators elected to the Virginia state House in November.

Cheryl Turpin, the other Virginia teacher elected last year, argues that people in her profession are used to bringing people together to work toward a common goal.

Mar 12 2018

im Weaver first saw the Facebook post during an otherwise normal work meeting in Des Moines. “Just wait till the day of the rope, when traitors like you get what you deserve,” a Twitter user had written to Weaver, then a candidate for Congress, apparently referencing the 1978 dystopian novel The Turner Diaries, in which a white revolutionary group publicly hangs people in the streets as part of an ethnic cleansing effort. It was the kind of anonymous online threat that most people in politics have come to expect.

Mar 9 2018

Before she could talk about her campaign for the Texas House of Representatives, Lisa Seger needed to check on her goats. Seger, who lives with her husband and 30 goats on a farm 40 minutes outside of Houston, had a doe in the maternity stall that was due any minute. “Spring is kidding season,” she explained.

Mother Jones
Mar 7 2018

Democratic State Senator Katie Hobbs aims to become Arizona’s next secretary of state, and to lead an effort to make Arizona a swing state.

The Story Exchange
Feb 13 2018

The morning of Nov. 9, 2016, found Kate Ranta sobbing under her quilt. She had taken to bed in her modest Alexandria, Va., apartment the night before, when it became clear which way the presidential election was going. Now, furious and heartbroken, she could not bring herself to get up.

The Washington Post
Jan 31 2018

Watching last night’s State of the Union address it would be easy to think that the state of women in the United States is weak. Looking at President Donald Trump flanked by white men on each side and at his cabinet seated in the first row, hearing little acknowledgement of women’s rights and power, it would be easy to forget that there is a movement building its momentum all across the U.S. right now that will bring with it drastic change: women are fighting back.


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Emerge America's Webinars

Emerge Webinar Series: Dr. Jennifer L. Lawless discusses her brand new report

Dr. Jennifer L. Lawless, a national leader and researcher on women and politics, is the Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.

Dr. Lawless discussed her brand new report, Men Rule: The Continued Under-Representation of Women in U.S. Politics. The study, which was co-written with Richard L. Fox, takes a hard look at the substantial gender gap in political ambition that exists today in the United States. They conclude that when women do run for public office, they are just as likely as their male counterparts to win their races.

How and When Do I Respond? The Art of Messaging in Politic Life.
Each day we are barraged with information, news stories and headlines. How can we create the headlines consistent with our values? How can we support national messages around 'hot' topics like choice, reproductive freedom and women's rights? Join us for an informative discussion that shares key resources, strategies and approaches to messaging.
Ted Miller
Director of Communications and Online Advocacy Strategies
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Eric Sapp
Founding Partner of the Eleison Group and
Consultant to Media Matters Action Network
Wendy Strout
Executive Director
Emerge Wisconsin
The Truth About Voting Rights: Why We Must Protect This Fundamental Right
In the last year, a wave of new legislation has passed around the country that has made it harder for eligible Democratic voters to cast their ballots. As a result, millions of citizens will find it more difficult to participate in the 2012 election.
We invite you to join us to learn cutting edge information on:
-The newest social science evidence of voter fraud 
-The country's current landscape for voter identification rules at the polls 
-Voter suppression and how they affect the young, low income, elderly, and communities of color
Emilio De Torre
Director of Youth and Programs
ACLU of Wisconsin
Anita Johnson
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Fund
Dr. Lorraine C. Minnite
Author of The Myth of Voter Fraud
Associate Professor
Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers University-Camden
Elizabeth Sawyer
Executive Director
Emerge Kentucky
Equal Means Equal: The ERA Education Project
"Women's equality is the global civil rights issue of the 21st century.  Without the legal basis for equality, all the rest of our work amounts to building skyscrapers on quicksand."  
- Kamala Lopez, Founder and Executive Director of The ERA Education Project
More than 75% of us think men and women have equal rights under the law, while 96% of us think we should.  But we don't.
The ERA Education Project is a multi-platform national media campaign to raise 
awareness about and educate the public on the need for full federal equality for women. Join Kamala Lopez and Bettina Hager as we explore the groundbreaking work of the organization and why it's important, as well as what has been achieved so far and our next steps together in the battle for equality.
Kamala Lopez
Founder and Executive Director
The ERA Education Project
Bettina Hager
The ERA Task Force
Moderated by:
Reena Szczepanski
Executive Director
Emerge New Mexico
Strategies for Online Engagement
A Primer for Candidates, Electeds and Activists
Are you planning to:
  • Run for office?
  • Support a candidate running for office?
  • Drive support behind an issue campaign?  
If so, we encourage you to watch this webinar presentation on: 
Campaigning Online, Growing your Online Presence, and  Blogging for Impact
Featuring award-winning new media innovator and writer
Sarah Granger (Emerge CA 2005)
Please join us for an informative look at the pivotal role played by digital media strategies in campaigns that win. Learn about best practices that can help you drive the message behind your candidate or cause and inspire your online audience to amplify that message for you. 
Founder, PublicEdge
Partner, Women's Campaign Consortium
Moderated by:
Executive Director, Emerge Oregon
Sarah Granger is an award-winning Democratic new media strategist and blogger. She directed the launch of the “first true weblog to be put up by a politician,” according to Wired News and political analysts, while directing Internet strategy for Senator Gary Hart's 2004 U.S. presidential exploratory organization. Sarah currently blogs for The San Francisco Chronicle at, The Huffington Post and BlogHer. Other publishing credits include, techPresident, Forbes Russia,,, and Spectrum magazine, where she covered the Democratic National Convention and the White House. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS, MTV Japan, RT, ABC and NPR.

Due to technical error, the first three minutes of the webinar recording were interrupted, during which time Sarah Granger was introduced and her background given. We are therefore including as a pdf attachment Sarah Granger's biography. We apologize for the inconvenience, and encourage you to read more about Sarah's extensive professional experience.

Online Engagement Strategies by Sarah Grainger, Sarah Granger Biography.pdf

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