Women are changing the world through Entrepreneurialism, Education, Conscious living and Politics.
We want to help shed some light on what it means to take a leap into the journey of pursuing Politics.
We recently had a conversation with Andrea with Run for Something.
It seems after a Monumental Event or News you hear People expressing their excitement and frustrations. Women sharing encouraging ideas and thoughts on how they would like to see change.
How can Women make a mission for change? I’m not sure if you mean something specifically about “Mission for Change,” but women absolutely can make a change in their community by starting/joining community groups working for change on the ground and by running for office (especially local and down-ballot offices).
Where does one begin? A great place to start is to think about what issues in your community you are passionate about and finding other groups or community members who also are working on those issues. If there isn’t a group that is working to make the change you want to see, consider starting a group. Being active in your community is also a great starting point for running for office.
What can we learn about Run For Something Now? Run for Something is a national group that is working to encourage diverse young progressives to run for down-ballot offices. We endorse candidates who are 40-or-under; running for the first, second, or third time (and are non-incumbents); and are running in down-ballot races (State Senate and down).
How can Women find Networks for Funding and learn about Open Seat Election Opportunities? There are lots of resources out there for supporting candidates — a good place to start is just googling around issues that you are interested in or political groups working in your area. There are also a lot of resources online that list information about current elected officials — whether that is looking up the list of sitting state legislators or looking up the members of the local school board. One great way to “hear first” about when people are retiring or stepping down from a position is to get involved with your local Democratic party entity. You can also see seats that are available for where you live at RunForWhat.net.
What if find the launch of starting our engagement in Politics intimidating, Can we take lead in Activism?
Sure — as I said, a good way of starting your political journey is to get involved with local issues you care about.
What are some Milestones you are making and proud to share? We recently found our 100,000th person who wants to run for office across the country, and are currently endorsing 2022 candidates. We strive to have over 50% of our candidates be BIPOC and/or women.
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Here are some other sources of information for you to dive into and help get you on your path towards a successful Political Career.
The name of this organization is actually an acronym for “Early Money Is Like Yeast” (i.e., it makes the dough rise). Their reasoning behind this unique name is that it’s a reference to a convention of political fundraising that receiving major donations early in a race is helpful in attracting other, later donors.
Emily’s List helps Democratic women run for office by recruiting women and building winning campaigns at every level of government. Since their founding in 1985, they have helped elect twelve governors, twenty-three senators, one hundred and sixteen House representatives and over eight hundred women to state and local office. Emily’s List also hosts candidate trainings for women who want to run for office and conducts research about women’s political views and voting behaviors.
She Should Run is a relatively newer organization that helps women run for office. Founded in 2011, the organization has inspired over fifteen thousand women to run for office since the 2016 election. She Should Run has also launched an initiative called #250Kby2030 that strives to get two hundred and fifty thousand women to run for office by 2030.
She Should Run accepts women of all political ideologies, ethnicities and backgrounds. Through its Ask a Woman to Run tool, people can let She Should Run know about great women leaders who they think should run for office. She Should Run also has an Incubator that offers online resources for women and goes to cities for in-person and virtual sessions, Chicago being the next city it’ll be in.
Founded in 1971, the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is another organization whose focus is electing progressive, pro-choice women to office. The NWPC has chapters in sixteen states and new chapters developing in ten more.
The NWPC offers twenty-five different training programs for women, which cover subjects such as time management, confidence building and online fundraising. They also have a series on how to conduct training sessions for members who are designing their own training course. NWPC has a parity PAC (political action committee), which helps their endorsed clients with their campaigns that people donate to.
Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF), founded in 1974, is a bipartisan organization that strives to elect women of all political ideologies and ethnicities. WCF-endorsed candidates include Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA 43rd District) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
WCF offers resources in four areas: expertise, muscle, visibility and resources that range from tip sheets to trainings to individual consultations. They also offer a weekly news brief that covers the news surrounding women in politics. Lastly, WCF is another organization that has a PAC and you can contribute to it here. WCF is best for women who want individualized support when running for office and managing a campaign.
Ignite—founded in 2010 and non-partisan—is probably the most college-related organization on this list, as they have college chapters all around the U.S. These student-run chapters support political activism by encouraging others in their community to register to vote. Ignite also has high school programs in California and Texas and gives high schools the opportunity to license their curriculum to bring non-partisan political activism to their school. Fellowships are offered to students, which are used to launch regional Ignite chapters and gain leadership skills.
Ignite also has a program that guides parents in empowering their daughters. The organization also offers political leadership conferences around the U.S., with the next two being held in New York City, New York and Denton, Texas.
Founded in 2007, Running Start is a non-partisan organization specializing in supporting high school and college women. Their Young Women’s Political Leadership Program helps young women in high school develop leadership skills and expand their political interests. Running Start caters to college women with their Running Start/Walmart Star Fellowship, which brings fourteen college women to D.C. to learn first-hand about politics.
Running Start also hosts a political summit that brings women together to learn about leadership and gain political connections; this event is open to women as young as fifteen and over thirty-five. Women can also sign up to be mentors, in which they support and guide other women through their political journey.
While not strictly reserved for supporting women, the Victory Institute is an organization focused on LGBTQI clients, with the mission of helping those who identify as LGBTQI run for political office. Founded in 1993, the Victory Institute has internship and fellowship programs that allow people to work in the U.S. Capitol, undergo candidate & campaign training or take advanced leadership training.
The Victory Institute also has international efforts at work in the Balkans, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Peru and South Africa to increase the participation of LGBTQI people in politics, thus advancing equality. Lastly, the Victory Institute holds an International LGBTQI Leaders Conferenceencompassing three days of training, skills building and networking.
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the oldest on this list with tens of thousands of members across the nation. Notable members of this organization include current U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Lisa Murkowski, one of two senators from Alaska.
The NFRW has an extensive list of programs, including scholarships, leadership development, internships and campaign help for women running for office. The group also hosts their Biennial Convention, which allows Republican women to come together to network, get training to help them become better leaders and campaigners and hear from Republican elected officials and leaders.
Deciding whether to run for political office as a woman can be a daunting decision, but with all the organizations and resources available to every kind of candidate out there, running for office is probably easier than ever. With these organizations’ demographics ranging from high school to middle-aged, women of all ages and races can run and hopefully win political office.
Source: Study Breaks