About Emerge

Emerge California is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. Our intensive, cohort-based seven-month training program is unique. As the number of elected Democratic women remains flat or even declines, the need for our work is growing.

California became a state in 1850 but has yet to elect a female Governor.  Despite being more than 50% of the population, currently, less than 30% of California state legislators are women.

A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office—they assume they aren’t experienced enough or they don’t know where to begin. Emerge California is changing that!

Emerge California is part of a national network currently working in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Put Yourself On The Ballot

Learn about the Emerge program, how to apply and get connected to our Council of Allies

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