Women's Political Power Map

Resources across the country for women interested in running for office, working on political campaigns, or holding appointive office. 

Map of the United States.

Locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns, made possible with support from the Hunt Alternatives Fund. 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 State(s) Party
131 & Counting

131 & Counting aims to support the growing number of women lawmakers and their staff by bringing together public policy professionals and female leaders to ensure women are an essential part of our democracy.

National, District of Columbia Nonpartisan
21 in '21 Initiative

The primary mission of 21 in ’21 is to elect at least 21 women to the NYC Council by 2021, by creating a pipeline of prospective candidates through one-on-one training, support and networking. 21 in '21 is also building a community of women who can excel as campaign operatives, strategic donors, volunteer activists, political consultants, and government staffers.

New York Nonpartisan
21st Century Leadership Academy

The 21st Century Leadership Academy is a week-long residential leadership development program for Missouri college students designed to stimulate interest in public policy formation, and teach the skills necessary to succeed in this arena. Students from participating Missouri universities are invited to apply to the program, which is typically held the week before Memorial Day at the Pierre Laclede Honors College on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The program includes panel discussions, small group projects, and skill building opportunities, in addition to a day-trip to the State Capitol in Jefferson City.  Workshop sessions are taught by women leaders who are shaping public policy as elected officials, government leaders and policy advocates. The 21st Century Leadership Academy is part of the NEW Leadership Development Network of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University (NJ). 


Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
Missouri Nonpartisan
A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy

Developed through FIREPAC, the IAFF Political Training Academy educates and assists campaign veterans and political newcomers alike on how to run for elected office, manage a political campaign or direct an affiliate’s political action program. 


IAFF Firefighters
Maryland Nonpartisan
AAPC Regional Seminars

The American Association of Political Consultants sponsors seminars and conferences in different parts of the country throughout the year, emphasizing political campaigns and strategy and targeted to campaign professionals and AAPC members. Information about these programs is posted on the AAPC website.


American Association of Political Consultants
National Nonpartisan
Alabama Association of University Women (AAUW)

The AAUW of Alabama advances equity for women and girls throughadvocacy, education, and research.  AAUW of Alabama has local chapters throughout the state and sponsors Ready to Run Alabama, a non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions.

Alabama Nonpartisan
Alabama Federation of Democratic Women

The Alabama Federation of Democratic Women unites Alabama women to advance the Democratic ideals of opportunity for all, responsibility from all and community of all by working to elect qualified candidates who share the Federation's vision of a responsible and accountable government.

Alabama Dem
Alabama Federation of Republican Women

The Alabama Federation of Republican Women (AFRW) seeks to positively affect our nation and strengthen the Republican Party through recruiting, education, training, supporting, and electing Republicans. The AFRW promotes the empowerment of women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds in the political process.

Alabama Rep
Alabama NOW

NOW chapters focus on six priority issues including reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and LGBTQIA rights. Our chapter welcomes new members to help fight for women’s rights on the local and national level.  


National Organization for Women
Alabama Nonpartisan
Alaska Federation of Republican Women

Through affiliate chapters in nearly every state, the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) promotes the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elects Republican candidates; informs the public through political education and activity; and increases the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of educating, communicating, recruiting, campaigning, fundraising, training and legislative action.

Alaska Rep
Alaska NOW

Sponsored by the National Organization for Women, Alaska NOW is a group of feminist grassroots activists dedicated to a multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights. 


National Organization for Women
Alaska Nonpartisan
Alaska Women for Political Action

Alaska Women for Political Action (AWPA) is a multi-partisan, multi-cultural grassroots organization. AWPA is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political arena and creating a political power base designed to achieve equality for women. Through recruiting, training and financial contributions, the AWPA provides support to women candidates running for all levels of office regardless of political affiliation.

Alaska Nonpartisan
Alene Moris National Education for Women's Leadership

Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute is an intensive six-day residential institute open to women students who attend universities or colleges in the Puget Sound region or who have a permanent residence in the area. The program is designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership, in addition to addressing the under-representation of women in the political arena by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy-making in the region. Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute is part of the NEW Leadership Development Network of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University (NJ).


Women's Center, University of Washington, Seattle
Washington Nonpartisan
All In Together

The All In Together Campaign (AIT) is the only non-partisan women’s organization committed to delivering cross-sector, innovative solutions to advance the progress of women’s political, civic and professional leadership in the United States. Dedicated to closing today’s most pressing gender gaps in political and civic engagement, we work to empower American women with the tools and resources they need to fully engage in the political process and drive change on the issues they care about most.

National Nonpartisan
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oregon

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW of Oregon promotes advocacy, takes action to empower women and girls, and connects the Association with branch members.

Oregon Nonpartisan
American Majority

Founded in 2008, American Majority is a national non-profit, nonpartisan training institute with national headquarters in Purcellville, VA and state offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas. American Majority programs bring the expertise and knowledge base of national politicos, campaign strategists, communication consultants, and seasoned organizers directly into local communities with four tracks of training: Candidate Training, Activist Training, Campus Majority, and the Fellowship Program. Each track offers a number of unique courses to prepare participants to run for office or work for campaigns or in politics. The calendar of scheduled trainings is available on the American Majority website.

Virginia Nonpartisan
American Nurses Association Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC)

ANA-PAC is a bipartisan PAC that supports candidates for federal office who have demonstrated their support for legislative and regulatory goals of ANA.

National Nonpartisan
Annie's List

Annie's List aims to recruit, train, and support progressive Democratic women to run for office across Texas.

Texas Dem
Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership includes the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the Arizona Civic Leadership Collaborative, and an ongoing communications campaign to increase civic involvement and leadership. The twice-yearly Civic Leadership Academy complements existing local and regional leadership-training programs in Arizona, but is differentiated by its focus on state-level issues and leadership and emphasis on mentoring, plans, and follow-up support.

Arizona Nonpartisan
Arizona Federation of Democratic Women

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of womens voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the NFDW promotes Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. NFDW chapters recognize potential women candidates and encourage their candidacies for office. Members attend meetings, organize educational and political events, volunteer for campaigns, and support candidates for office.

Arizona Dem