Emerge Alabama, founded in 2017, is the premier candidate training program for Democratic women in the state. The Emerge program inspires women to run and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women serving in public office in Alabama.
While women make up 52% of Alabama’s population, they only hold 14% of seats in the state legislature. As of 2016, there are no women of color in statewide executive elective office. According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, if current trends continue, Alabama women will not reach pay equity until 2088. That’s why it is critical to elect Democratic women to all levels of government in Alabama.
If you agree our communities are better served with more women in leadership positions, make a monthly contribution to support our efforts to recruit, train, and provide a network for women seeking public 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 that 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 24 states, the Emerge affiliates have trained over 4,000 Democratic women nationwide, creating a powerful pipeline of Democratic women running in politically important districts. In 2016, over 330 Emerge alumnae ran for office across the country and 70% of those who appeared on the November ballot won their elections.
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