Do you have a desire to serve your community? Do you have experience leading and organizing to make a difference? Here are some of the backgrounds of currently elected Democratic women: lifelong union member; PTO member, mother, small business owner, attorney, teacher, counselor, consultant, landscape architect, physical therapist, anthropologist, partner, church group leader, nonprofit director, community activist. Sound like you?
The Emerge Program is the premier training program for Democratic women. We inspire women to run and we hone their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.
But why? The facts speak volumes:
- Ninetieth in the world: that's where the United States ranks for women in elected office, behind Mexico, China and Pakistan
- Women make up just 17% of the U.S. Congress
- Only six states currently have female Governors
- Only nine states currently have female Lieutenant Governors
Although there has been progress, there is still a large disparity when it comes to women in positions of political power. We can no longer sit back and allow this to continue. The research is clear: women are asked to run for office less often than equally-qualified men, and women feel more confident to run for office when they have training and a network. Emerge addresses these barriers directly by recruiting, training, and inspiring Democratic women to run for office and win. Emerge can provide you with the training and network that you need to be successful.
Feminist icon Gloria Feldt suggests:
"We're at unique place in history-where we've blown open the glass ceiling but not yet swept away all the treacherous shards. Though we can find data to support many explanations about why we aren't at parity in elected office and boardrooms, we simply no longer have compelling justifications not to be taking responsibility to get ourselves there."
Why not you?
Too often, women do not see themselves running for office - they don't think they are experienced enough or they just don't know where to start.
"All worthwhile accomplishments start with a vision. Not a small, incremental vision, but a bold, audacious, bigger-than-yourself vision."
- Gloria Feldt
YOU can lead the way and start taking real steps towards progress. You are part of a pool of highly qualified Democratic women candidates that can and should become elected leaders, for our country, our children, our values, our future.
The Emerge Program is the essential step for Democratic women who have a vision of running for public office and a desire to serve their community, but do not necessarily know where to start. Take the first step - apply!