About Emerge

About Emerge 

Emerge is fundamentally changing the face of politics in this country by breaking down barriers, opening doors, and creating pathways for Democratic women to get involved in politics.

We are the nation’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. We are the only political organization that focuses on effective state and national programming that gives women the tools they need to run and win, as well as building an inclusive sisterhood of alums and a network of alumnae, staff, boards and volunteers who are on-the-ground 365 days a year to support women through their candidacies at every level and once they are elected.

Since 2002, Emerge has offered a unique, in-depth training program that provides aspiring women leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run and win elected office. Emerge has trained over 5,000 Democratic women to run and more than 1,000 Emerge alums serve in elected office today. Our organization hosts national and regional trainings, oversees locally-based training programs, expands operations to new regions where women’s voices are excluded, partners with local political groups who empower the community and increases program offerings to meet the growing need for candidate training and alum networking across the country.

Who We Are

Emerge is building infrastructure to have a lasting impact on our nation’s political landscape and we are directing our focus where it’s needed most. We also aren’t just training women to run for office, we are creating an ecosystem around our alums to foster emerging leaders and ensure they succeed. 

We are lifting up the New American Majority and clearing the way for those whose voices have for too long been left out of the conversation — Black, Brown and Indigenous women and women of color, as well as LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women. As the United States achieves its multiracial and multicultural destiny in the next two decades, our goal is to reach 100,000 of these women and prepare them to lead our country into a more just and equitable future.

Our curriculum is created to teach new and effective campaign strategies that work across the country in partnership with what will work in local communities. As a locally-focused organization with national resources, we are able to repower political structures at every level and pack the pipeline from local to federal with Democratic women ready to run. Emerge alums are equipped with the tools they need to run in their neighborhoods, their cities, their states–everywhere.

The strength of Emerge is also in the sisterhood. It’s not something we’ve built or made, it’s who we are, at our core. Emerge alums across the country are more than friends or colleagues, they are sisters, and they show up. They whip votes in a state legislature, they write the first campaign check, they bring food when a sister’s partner passes away, they watch each other’s kids when the town meeting goes late, and they make the first congratulatory call when election results are in. Our organization is uniquely effective, because our women understand that we are strongest when we work together and lift each other up. When an Emerge alum climbs to higher office or achieves success, she immediately reaches back and pulls up another woman. When an Emerge alum breaks down a barrier she looks across the country for another woman trying to make change and lends her support. When an Emerge alum gets to the front of the line, she doesn’t stand there alone. She turns around and reaches back for another woman to pull forward.

Learn More About Our Vision

 

Overall, Emerge women have been a part of:

  • Flipping both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly and Nevada State Legislature to blue
  • Reclaiming Democratic majorities in the Maine and Oregon State Houses
  • Flipping the New Mexico state House to Democratic control
  • Flipping the Colorado, Maine, and Connecticut State Senates
  • Establishing the first majority-woman state legislature in Nevada
  • Turning the Oregon and New Mexico State Houses to majority-woman
  • Ending the Republican Supermajority in the Georgia State Senate

 

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.

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.