We’ve partnered with EMILY’s List, Emerge America, Human Rights Campaign, Higher Heights, She Should Run, Victory Fund, IGNITE National and Running start to make the 50by2050 Project vision a reality. Together, we will engage college students in the fight for equality for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community.
Emily’s List is a political action committee that has been working to help hundreds of pro-choice Democratic women get elected since 1985. It recruits, trains, and offers its political insight to help elect women at all levels of government. They’re not afraid to back down from a challenge, and with the way things are looking right now we need a little more of their courage. College women can sign up for their Run to Win campaign which is an effort to get more women to run for office or to support a woman running today.
Emerge America trains women so that they are equipped to run for office and win. During the seven-month program women meet for one weekend each month and are trained in areas such as fundraising, media relations, campaign strategy and ethical leadership. No woman should hold herself back from running because she’s not a natural born politician. In fact their latest movement, Why She Runs, tackles the political ambition gap. Emerge America helps turn passion into action by giving women the skills to champion the issues that are most important to them and their community.
Human Rights Campaign promotes and protects LGBT rights. The largest organization of its kind, HRC works towards advocacy and lobbying efforts on issues that aim to protect the humanity and basic rights of LGBT people in America. Supporting women means supporting all women, including those that identify as LGBT. We need to band together in order to work towards fair representation.
Higher Heights aims to educate, engage and support Black women and girls on a number of issues, including gaining more political representation. If our feminism isn’t intersectional, then it isn’t feminism. Women must lift up women of all races and backgrounds to ensure that we are actually serving the diverse needs and experiences of our diverse country. Higher Heights is building the collective political power of Black women from the voting booth to elected representation.
Victory Fund helps to elect LGBT officials to public office in the name of fair and equal representation, as well as diversity. If our government doesn’t look like the people it is serving, it cannot ensure the needs of our society will be met. Victory Fund’s work towards increasing the number of LGBT officials in office at every level of government is another vital element of ensuring that representation is equal, fair and effective.
She Should Run creates a culture that inspires and supports women and girls with dreams of running for elected office. Cue the phrase, “If she can see it, she can be it.” By supporting women with hopes to work in public service, She Should Run helps to eliminate the anxiety around running for office for future generations of young women. Their program “Ask a Woman to Run” helps create a community of future female leaders. From there, women get connected to the resources they need to start their leadership journey.
IGNITE trains young women in high school or college with political aspirations to become political leaders and agents of change. Their training program teaches these young women about policy and how to enact positive change through elected office while connecting them with current women leaders. College women can get involved by declaring their ambition, starting a college chapter and attending an IGNITE conference.
Running Start brings training and mentorship to young women passionate about a career in politics. With their campus initiatives like Elect Her and Star Fellowship they help train the next generation of women in government who will help us to reach 50% by 2050. Their programs teach girls and young women how to take active leadership roles so they gain the skills and confidence to lead in the political sphere.