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
Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University PA Nonpartisan

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University is a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women's public leadership...

Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women PA Dem

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

Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women PA Rep Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies...
Pennsylvania NOW
National Organization for Women
PA 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...
Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program PA Nonpartisan Established in 1985, the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership (RULE) Program is a partnership between the public and private sectors with funds from...
Pipeline to Politics
Carl Albert Center's Women's Leadership Program at the University of Oklahoma
OK Nonpartisan

Pipeline to Politics is a biennial program that serves women interested in stepping up their political and civic engagement by running for office...

Pipeline to Public Office
Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
MO Nonpartisan

The Sue Shear Institute offers a variety of training programs designed to help women navigate the pipeline to politics. "Pipeline to Public Office...

Poder PAC National Nonpartisan Created after the 2008 elections, PODER PAC is a national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected at all levels of government. PODER PAC...
Politica CT CT Dem

Politica’s mission is to build a more progressive Connecticut through issue advocacy and the strategic recruitment, mentoring, and support of...

Political Campaign Trainings
Connecticut Working Families
CT Nonpartisan

Connecticut Working Famililes is offering Political Campaign Trainings for those who are willing to stand up for working families in Connecticut...

Political Institute for Women SC Nonpartisan The Political Institute for Women is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to training women to run for elected office and to pursue...
Political Leaders Program
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia
VA Nonpartisan The Sorensen Institute's flagship Political Leaders Program (PLP) is a leadership development program for Virginia men and women of all ages who are...
Political Opportunity Program
EMILY's List
National Dem

Since its inception in 2001, the Political Opportunity Program (POP) has provided training to state and local candidates and their staffs...

Political Training Boot Camp
Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
DC Nonpartisan

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute political training "Boot Camp" program is an initiative designed to generate a pool of minority...

Political Trainings
Louisiana Republican Party
LA Rep The Louisiana Republican Party holds quarterly political trainings for active party members. Topics include, but are not limited to, campaigns and...
Political Trainings
Illinois Republican Party
IL Rep

The Illinois Republican Party holds campaign trainings for already-nominated Republican candidates once every two years to assist them in their...

Progressive Majority National Nonpartisan Founded on a mission to elect progressive candidates, Progressive Majority: -- identifies and recruits the best progressive leaders to run for office...
Progressive Majority Candidate Recruitment and Development Program
Progressive Majority
AZ Dem Launched in 2004, Progressive Majority's Candidate Recruitment and Development Program works to recruit progressive leaders to public service by...
Project GOPink National Rep

Project GOPink serves as a national hub to recruit, train, network and promote women as they work to achieve their public service goals.  In...

Proyecto 85 PR
Public Leadership Institute
Public Leadership Institute
National Nonpartisan

The Public Leadership Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and leadership center organized to raise public awareness on key issues of...

PURSE (People United for Republican Sisters' Elections) PAC IA Rep PURSE PAC, a women's political fundraising organization founded in the fall of 2008, hopes to draw more women to the Republican Party of Iowa by...
Rachel's Action Network (RAN) National Nonpartisan

RAN empowers pro-environment women funders to influence the political proccess. 

Ready to Lead
The New American Leaders Project
National Nonpartisan

The Ready to Lead program identifies the immigrant experience as an asset in civic leadership. The curriculum is specifically designed by...

Ready to Run® Alabama
AAUW of Alabama
AL Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Alabama provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program...

Ready to Run® California
Mount St. Mary's University
CA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® California provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long...

Ready To Run® Connecticut
Fairfield University, Department of Politics and Master of Public Administration Program
CT
Ready To Run® Delaware
Women’s Equality and Empowerment Fund of Delaware
DE Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Delaware is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage and train women to run for elective office, position themselves...

Ready to Run® Hawaii
Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women
HI Nonpartisan

Hawaii's Ready to Run® Campaign Training, sponsored by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and part of the Ready to Run® National...

Ready To Run® Illinois
Western Illinois University
IL Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Illinois is a nonpartisan effort to train and engage women to consider running for elected office or seeking appointed office or...

Ready to Run® Indiana
Women 4 Change Leadership Series
IN

Ready to Run® Indiana is a non-partisan campaign training program presented by the Women 4 Change Leadership series. This program encourages women...

Ready to Run® Iowa
Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
IA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Iowa is a bi-partisan, comprehensive, one-day workshop offered every other year by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and...

Ready to Run® Louisiana
Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation and Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University
LA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Louisiana  is a nonpartisan effort to train and engage women to consider running for elected office or seeking appointed office or...

Ready to Run® Mississippi
Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership
MS Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Mississippi is a nonpartisan effort to train and engage women to consider running for elected office or seeking appointed office or...

Ready to Run® National Training Network
Center for American Women and Politics
National Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or...

Ready to Run® New Jersey
Center for American Women and Politics
NJ Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® New Jersey is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to...

Ready to Run® New Mexico
University of New Mexico
NM
Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands
The Women's Intercultural Center
TX, NM Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government positions. The day-...

Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands
The Women's Intercultural Center
TX, NM Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® New Mexico/Texas Borderlands provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government positions. The day-...

Ready to Run® North Dakota
North Dakota Women's Network
ND Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or...

Ready to Run® Northeastern Pennsylvania
University of Scranton
PA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Northeastern Pennsylvania is a non-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign,...

Ready to Run® Ohio
John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University
OH Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Ohio is a nonpartisan effort to train and engage women to consider running for elected office or seeking appointed office or being...

Ready to Run® Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University
PA Nonpartisan

Ready to Run® Pennsylvania provides bi-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long...

Ready To Run® South Dakota SD
Ready to Run® West Virginia
West Virginia Women's Commission
WV
Real Women Run
YWCA Utah
UT Nonpartisan

Real Women Run  Find Your Voice is a collaborative nonpartisan effort that began in 2011 to empower Utah women to participate fully in public life...

Represent Women National Nonpartisan

RepresentWomen works to increase women's representation in elected office and advocates for systemic reforms to the recruitment process, voting...

Represent! PAC PA Dem

Represent! PAC was founded to increase the number of Democratic women in elected office in Pennsylvania by providing financial investments in...

Republican Campaign Training School
Maryland Federation for Republican Women
MD Rep

The Maryland Federation of Republican Women has provided a one-day training program for Republican women interested in running for office. ...

Republican Majority for Choice National Rep

The Republican Majority for Choice PAC supports Republican men and women throughout the United States who believe in the Party's traditional...

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