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
Arizona Federation of Republican Women

The Arizona Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) works to promote an informed electorate through political education; foster loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its ideals; increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through political participation; and support the objectives and policies of the Republican State Committee and work for the election of Republican nominees.  AzFRW has 28 clubs throughout Arizona.

Arizona Rep
Arizona Leading for Change

Leading For Change (LFC) is a non-profit, non-partisan training organization dedicated to developing the next generation of civic leaders in their quest to enhance the lives and opportunities in their communities. Through a cadre of programs, collaborations and partnerships with diverse community leaders and social justice organizations, we are working to build a foundation for and pipeline of civic leaders who are prepared to reshape Arizona for the betterment of its people – children, youth and adults alike.

Arizona Nonpartisan
Arizona List

The purpose of the Arizona List is to help elect pro-choice Democratic women running for office in Arizona.

Arizona Dem
Arizona NOW

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.

Arizona Nonpartisan
Arkansas 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.

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Arkansas Federation of Republican Women

Founded in 1948 and affiliated with the NFRW in 1955, the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women has sponsored campaign management schools and training for poll watchers and workers. AFRW's goals are to grow the grassroots membership, to continue to bring women into Republican politics, to encourage them to run for office, and to make Arkansas a totally red state from the quorum court to the Governor's Mansion and the White House.

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Arkansas GOP Campaign Training

The Republican Party of Arkansas provides a number of campaign and grassroots training programs throughout the state and at different points of the year. These programs are generally open to the public, but there are also specific private trainings for recruited candidates. These are typically day-long programs.


Arkansas Republican Party
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Arkansas NOW

Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.


National Organization for Women
Arkansas Nonpartisan
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is dedicated to ensuring the participation and success of Asian Pacific Americans in government at the national, state, and local levels. Founded in 1994, APAICS promotes, supports, and conducts non-partisan education and informational activities, research, and programs designed to effectively enhance and increase the participation of the Asian Pacific Islander American community in the democratic process. APIACS offers a leadership program for elected officials, internships, and 3 fellowship opportunities.

District of Columbia Nonpartisan
Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program

The Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program is a nine-month program to prepare a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community.  Thirty to 35 candidates are chosen annually to participate in monthly training seminars addressing community issues and including lectures, discussions, field trips, and practical exercises. 


Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Nonpartisan
Bi-Partisan Coalition for Women's Appointments

The New Jersey Bipartisan Coalition for Women’s Appointments (BCWA) is a statewide, bipartisan group of prominent women and organizations convened in years when there is an open seat for governor. BCWA convened for the first time in 1981. The purpose of BCWA is to ensure the placement of women in key positions throughout state government.


Center for American Women and Politics
New Jersey Nonpartisan
Black Girls Vote

The mission of Black Girls Vote is to inspire women of color to use the political process to improve the quality of life for their families and the collective community. Black Girls Vote engages, educates, and empowers women to activate their voice by utilizing their vote.

National Nonpartisan
Black Women Organized for Political Action

Founded in 1968, Black Women Organized for Political Actions primary goal is to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American women about the political process, encourage involvement, and to affirm commitment to, and solving of, those problems affecting the African-American community. Through its statewide chapters in seven states, including California, BWOPA works to articulate collective positions on issues affecting African Americans while providing leadership, training and mentoring to engage members in the political process.

California Nonpartisan
Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC (B-PAC)

B-PAC's mission is to: recruit African American women to maximize the involvement and participation in the political process; support and endorse candidates who reflect the core principles and values of BWOPA; and mobilize to advancing a political agenda that supports economic, social and political equity for the African American community, in general, and women, in particular.

California Nonpartisan
Boss Ladies: Training the Next Generation of Campaign Leaders

During an immersive half-day training, participants will learn how to find a position that fits your skill set and professional goals, figure out what candidate you want to work for, create a winning campaign strategy, and a host of other essential campaign skills.


IGNITE and New American Leaders
National Nonpartisan
C.R.E.W. - Civically Re-Engaged Women

Learn the essential tools needed to run a political campaign. Learn from experienced professionals and today’s political leaders about how to get the job and what to do once you get it. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a "Candidate Training Certificate"  


CUNY - School of Professionalism
New York Nonpartisan
California 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.

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California Federation of Republican Women

The California Federation of Republican Women, a chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women, promotes an informed public through education and activity, works to increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government, promotes knowledge of the principles and policies of the Republican Party, encourages active citizenship, and coordinates with the California Republican Party to support Republican candidates.

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California Issues and Trends Program

Founded in 1988, Leadership California is a non-partisan network of women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California. Since 1992, its California Issues and Trends Program (CIT) has educated women on public policy issues, challenges, and demographic trends facing California. Sixty women are chosen annually to participate in quarterly sessions around the state where experts provide them the knowledge necessary to take leadership roles in Californias public and private sectors.


Leadership California
California Nonpartisan
California Legislative Women's Caucus

Formed in 1985, the Legislative Women's Caucus represents and advocates on behalf of the diverse interests of women, children and families throughout California and seeks to increase participation and representation of women in state government. The Legislative Women's Caucus is bipartisan, open to all women members of the California Legislature, and embraces the goal of empowering all women to be self-sufficient, independent, and equal partners in their homes, communities, places of work and government.

California Nonpartisan