We live in California – the golden state, the land of promise and opportunity and we believe that it is high time we had our fair share of women serving at all levels of elected office. Emerge California is dedicated to getting more Democratic women into elected office by offering comprehensive, top-notch training to women of all ages from communities across the state. Emerge California is proud of our diversity: over 50% of our alumnae are women of color. Our graduates represent a variety of personal and professional backgrounds but they all have one thing in common: the desire to serve their community.
The barriers to entry into the political scene can seem pretty darn imposing to the average citizen, but in a state that has never elected its fair share of women, those barriers can look even more foreboding. Emerge California lowers those barriers and levels the playing field by de-mystifying the process of getting engaged, and connecting women to the knowledge and resources needed to win. The track record of the program speaks for itself: nearly 400 trained, 50% are currently running for, appointed to or serving in elected office; more than 300 appointments to local and state boards and commissions.