For far too long, the American government has not reflected the nation, with women being historically excluded at all levels of government. For 15 years, Emerge has steadily worked toward increasing Democratic women’s representation in local, state, and federal elected offices through candidate recruitment and training programs. As we look to the future, we know the country is changing and Emerge is dedicated to changing right along with it as we work toward a truly representative democracy.
Our country is changing–from our demographics to the way we live our lives–and our government must reflect this new reality and a progressive vision of the future. The New American Majority is not just the “future” of the Democratic Party, it is the “now” of the Democratic Party. These women not only fuel Democratic victories as organizers and voters but continue to be some of the most exciting candidates on the ballot. Through their sheer presence and political prowess, they are transforming government bodies of political power into a truly representative democracy. It’s critical that we start preparing them to lead our country.
It’s also critical that once we get women into these elected offices that we are setting them up for success and to move up the political pipeline. Kamala Harris may be the first woman to ever be elected Vice President, but her journey to the White House started at the local level when she was elected San Francisco District Attorney. If we want to ensure she isn’t the last, we need to pack the political pipeline all the way to the top with qualified, Democratic women who are ready to seize on opportunities when they happen.
Democratic women must have a seat at the table–every decision-making table–so that we can be sure that our country heads down a path to a brighter future–one where the policies our leaders put in place benefit everyone. Emerge will redefine “politics as usual” by flipping state legislatures and campaigns and office leadership into majority-woman. And while winning more elected offices is an essential component of the strategy, we are expanding our work in recognition that appointed positions are essential to government and are roles that need women leaders.