About Emerge

Are you a Democratic woman who wants to run for office? Let us help you!

Emerge is changing the face of politics to create an inclusive democracy.

Our Mission

To increase the number of Democratic women in public office through recruitment, training and providing a powerful network.  

Who We Are

Emerge is a unique national organization that focuses on effective state programming and has built an inclusive network. We are the only political organization aimed at recruiting, training and providing a powerful network for our Emerge women with staff, alumnae, boards and volunteers on the ground 365 days each year. Since 2002, Emerge has offered a premier, in-depth training program that provides aspiring woman leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run and win elected office. Emerge has trained over 4,000 Democratic women to run and 690 serve in elected office today.

Emerge oversees locally-based training programs, expands operations to new regions often where women’s voices are left out, partners with local political groups who empower the community and increases program offerings to meet the growing need for candidate training and alumnae networking across the country.

Overall, Emerge women won 415 seats in 2018 and were part of:
  • Creating 7 new majorities in Colorado, Connecticut and Maine.
  • Establishing 6 new supermajorities in Oregon, Nevada and Vermont.
  • Breaking 3 Republican supermajorities in key battleground states, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

History

In 2002, women made up 22% of state legislatures. In response, a group of women gathered around a coffee table determined to change those numbers and the face of politics. They began by asking women leaders to run for office. Then, they soon realized the need for in-depth training created for and by women. Out of their recruiting and training efforts, a powerful network EMERGED. Today, that network has become a special sisterhood that spans the country and is truly changing the face of leadership across the country and at all levels of elected office.

Why Women?

  • Studies have shown women in elected office overwhelmingly support and push forward democratic principles like equality and fairness.
  • When women hold public office they are more actively involved in a variety of gender-salient issue areas, including healthcare, the economy, education and the environment.
  • Women legislators are more responsive to constituents, value cooperation over hierarchical power and find ways to engineer solutions in situations where men have trouble finding common ground.

Emerge alumna and Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

In recent years, the demand for Emerge’s work has grown across the country. We are in the process of opening many new states to offer our trainings to more women in more locations.