Leadership Resources Intro

Use this map, made possible with support from the Hunt Alternatives Fund, to locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns. Click on a state to find leadership development and campaign training programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics.

Need more ideas on how to get involved? Check out the Women's Definitive Guide to Getting Political by CAWP associate director Jean Sinzdak.

If you know of other organizations to add to our list or have updates to our information, please contact Chelsea Hill.

Program Name State Party Program Description
Running Start/Wal-Marts Star Fellowship
Running Start
DC Nonpartisan

Running Start/Wal-Marts Star Fellowship is a new program that brings together college women from across the country to intern on Capitol Hill in...

Ruth's List FL Dem

Ruth's List Florida is dedicated to building a progressive Florida by recruiting, supporting, and electing pro-choice, Democratic women to public...

Sally's List OK Nonpartisan

Founded in 2010, Sally's List is dedicated to recruiting and training progressive women to run for the Oklahoma State Legislature.  The...

She the People National

She the People is a national network connecting women of color to transform democracy. The organization works to elevate and amplify the voice and...

Smart Girl Politics National Nonpartisan

Created as a blog in 2008, Smart Girl Politics, Inc. is a national organization and social network for conservative women in the United States....

South Carolina Federation of Republican Women SC Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

South Carolina NOW- Charlotte Chapter
National Organization for Women
SC Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

South Carolina Women In Leadership (SCWIL) SC Nonpartisan

A multi-partisan group of women whose mission is to move South Carolina forward – politically, socially, economically, educationally, and...

South Dakota Federation of Republican Women SD Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

South Dakota NOW
National Organization for Women
SD Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life MO Nonpartisan The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life was founded in the fall of 1996 to assist women in developing the interest and skills necessary to...
Supermajority National Nonpartisan

Supermajority is a membership-based organization that affirms and builds women’s power and serves as a one-stop shop for advocacy, community...

Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women TN Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Tennessee Federation of Republican Women TN Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

Tennessee NOW
National Organization for Women
TN Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Tennessee Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
TN Nonpartisan

Founded in 1974, the Tennessee Women's Political Caucus is an active voice for women and families in Tennessee, promoting full and equal...

Texas Democratic Women TX Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
Texas Federation of Republican Women TX Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Texas NOW
National Organization for Women
TX Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

Texas Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
TX Nonpartisan

Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus of Texas is a multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO Nonpartisan

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO Nonpartisan

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Appointments Project®
Women's Foundation
AZ, KS, MO Nonpartisan

The Appointments Project® works to increase equity and opportunity for women by empowering them to serve on civic boards and...

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women CA Nonpartisan The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (formerly known as Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, APAWLI) is dedicated to the...
The Women Officials' Network MI Nonpartisan

Founded in 1997, the Women Officials' Network (WON) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to women's leadership at all levels of government....

United Democratic Women of Maryland MD Dem

The United Democratic Women of Maryland encourages and trains Democratic women to run for and hold elective office, provides a voice for women to...

University of Minnesota Center on Women and Public Policy MN Nonpartisan Since 1985, the Center on Women and Public Policy (CWPP) has used gender analysis to challenge fundamental assumptions about politics, law, and...
Utah Federation of Republican Women UT Rep

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and...

Utah NOW
National Organization for Women
UT Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

Vermont NOW
National Organization for Women
VT Nonpartisan

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

Virginia Democratic Women's Caucus VA Dem

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide,...

Virginia Federation of Republican Women VA Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Virginia NOW
National Organization for Women
VA Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Voices of Conservative Women National Nonpartisan

VOICES of Conservative Women is a National nonpartisan, nonprofit working to encourage more women to be involved in public policy and train women...

VoteRunLead National Nonpartisan

VoteRunLead is a national, nonpartisan organization that unleashes the power of women leaders in democracy through training, technology and...

Washington NOW
National Organization for Women
WA Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Washington State Federation of Democratic Women WA Dem

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide,...

Washington Women's Political Caucus
National Women's Political Caucus
WA Nonpartisan

The Washington Women's Political Caucus trains and educates women interested in running for office.  The Caucus has a PAC that makes endorsements...

West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women WV Dem The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the...
West Virginia Federation of Republican Women WV Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
WIN DC Dem

WIN is a professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, Democratic, pro-choice women in Washington, DC. Founded in...

Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women WI Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Wisconsin NOW
National Organization for Women
WI Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...
Women and Politics Institute
American University
National Nonpartisan Founded in 2000, the Women...
Women Candidate Development Coalition MN Nonpartisan

Founded in 1986, the Women Candidate Development Coalition (WCDC) is a coalition of nine major Minnesota women's/feminist organizations committed...

Women of Color for Progress National

Women of Color for Progress (WCP) is a multi-strategy political organization founded by women of color for women of color.  WCP aims to create an...

Women's Pipeline for Change MA Nonpartisan

The Women's Pipeline for Change is building a sustainable infrastructure to support progressive women of color as they enter, navigate and move up...

WomenCount National Dem

WomenCount is a non-profit progressive political organization that gives women of all generations and backgrounds from around the United States a...

Wyoming Federation of Democratic Women WY Dem

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women's voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide,...

Wyoming NOW
National Organization for Women
WY Nonpartisan Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to...

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