Emerge Connecticut

Emerge Connecticut graduated its first class!

Emerge Connecticut graduated its inaugural class.

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 Connecticut. Emerge Connecticut is part of a national network of 25 state affiliates of the national organization, Emerge America.

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Questions? Please contact Emerge Connecticut Executive Director Mae Flexer,
mae@emergect.org, 860-208-0429.

Women make up 51% of Connecticut’s population, but only 28% of the state House and 25% of the state Senate. Connecticut experienced an increase in women’s representation in the state legislature through the 1990s, but the rate of that increase has not been maintained since, according to the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Furthermore, Connecticut has not had a Democratic female governor since Governor Ella T. Grasso, who was the first female governor in the United States. Connecticut ranks fourth nationally and second in its region in terms of employment and earnings—however this high status does not apply to women of color, who still rank significantly below their male counterparts. The wage gap between men and women in Connecticut is 83 cents to the dollar, slightly above the national median of 78 cents.

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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut’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.

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