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
California 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
California Nonpartisan
California Women 4 Women

The mission of California Women 4 Women is to increase the awareness of women in the political process and support women for election to public office.

California Nonpartisan
California Women Lead

Founded in 1974, California Women Lead is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and campaign trainings, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women interested in or holding elected and appointed offices at the state or local level. California Women Lead has nine chapters hosting training events throughout the state.  Leadership trainings prepare women for political involvement, either running for office or serving in appointed positions.  In addition to leadership trainings, California Women Lead provides over 30 appointments trainings annually to teach women about the responsibilities involved and application process for positions on governmental boards and commissions.  Finally, California Women Lead organizes womens dialogues on issues that affect women, including obstacles that women of both major parties face in running for office. Additional networking and training events throughout the year conducted by individual chapters are posted on the California Women Lead website.

California Nonpartisan
California Women's Leadership Association

The California Women's Leadership Association (CWLA) is a statewide organization committed to bringing together influential women to effect meaningful change in our communities and government through education and advocacy. CWLA believes in free market principles that emphasize: /-- Smaller government and the role of government as a facilitator, not a regulator /-- Individual freedom /-- Responsibility and accountability; and /-- Economic growth through lower taxes and entrepreneurship. CWLA identifies and assists women with opportunities for involvement in significant decision making opportunities and positions, including financial assistance from the group's PAC arm.

California Rep
California Women's Leadership Association PAC (CWLA PAC)

The CWLA Political Action Committee is a separate 527 organization that endorses and financially supports candidates for state and local office in California, with a special focus on developing and promoting viable women candidates who share CWLA's principles.

California Rep
California Women's List

Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for promising open or viable seats in the California State Assembly and Senate.  A fundraising network modeled after EMILYs List, California List identifies and recommends outstanding women candidates to its members.  California List partners with EMILYs List and Emerge California to provide candidate and campaign trainings.

California Dem
California Women's Political Caucus

The National Womens Poliltical Caucus of California works to increase womens participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and appointment to public office. Group efforts focus on education, endorsements, and fundraising. The California Womens Political Caucus is a chapter of the National Womens Political Caucus.

California Nonpartisan
Campaign Management Institute

The Campaign Management Institute (CMI) at American University trains individuals for participation in local, state and federal political campaigns.  Developed and taught by strategists from both parties, national campaign consultants and political scientists, this intensive two-week program provides a foundation for political activists and campaign managers.  Seminars and campaign simulations teach participants about the creation, development, and execution of a campaign plan.  Eligible participants are primarily American University students, but there are a limited number of seats available to non-AU students.  The Institute typically takes place twice a year, in winter and early summer.


Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University
District of Columbia Nonpartisan
Campaign Management School

Founded in 1979, the Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. The Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media throughout the country. The Institute offers 41 educational programs for activists and campaign professionals.  The five-day Campaign Manager School provides campaign managers and staffers with the tools and information necessary to organize a winning campaign with a strong grassroots organization and an effective media strategy. A one or two-day Campaign School - emphasizing skills for organizing and participating in any organized political effort - or Advanced Campaign School is also available to conservative elected or party officials, current or future candidates for political office, campaign managers, campaign volunteers, and supporters. The Future Candidate School trains potential candidates and community activists  to run for office and build a grassroots organization, focusing on personal and political preparation for a career as an elected official and community leader.


The Leadership Institute
Virginia Rep
Campaign Management School

The National Federation for Republican Women pursues its longtime objective for political education by training Republicans to win elections through the Campaign Management School (CMS) program. This program is held throughout the country, organized in partnership with state and local Federations of Republican Women. The CMS program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of campaigns, featuring top political professionals and strategists who volunteer their time to teach students the most successful ways to raise money, write winning campaign plans, organize volunteers for get-out-the-vote activities and communicate with voters.


National Federation of Republican Women
National Rep
Campaign Management Training Seminar

The Arkansas Farm Bureau offers a campaign management training titled "How to Win a Campaign" for candidates for public office, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. The two-day training uses content developed by the American Farm Bureau with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties.  Program curriculum is applicable to local, state and national political races and content and includes evaluating the viability of the candidacy; selecting themes and issues;  budgeting and raising money; working with the news media; and campaign organization and strategy.


Arkansas Farm Bureau
Arkansas Nonpartisan
Campaign Management Training Seminar

The Indiana Farm Bureau offers a campaign management training for candidates for public office, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. The two-day Campaign School uses content developed by the American Farm Bureau with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties.  Program curriculum is applicable to local, state and national political races and content and includes evaluating the viability of the candidacy; selecting themes and issues;  budgeting and raising money; working with the news media; and campaign organization and strategy.


Indiana Farm Bureau
Indiana Nonpartisan
Campaign Management Training Seminar

The Nebraska Farm Bureau offers a biennial Campaign School for candidates for public office, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. The Campaign School uses content developed by the American Farm Bureau with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties. 


Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
Nebraska Nonpartisan
Campaign Management Training Seminar

The American Farm Bureau provides its state-based partners with programmatic content for campaign training seminars for candidates, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. These bipartisan trainings use content developed with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties.   Program curriculum is applicable to local, state and national political races and includes: -- evaluating the viability of the candidacy/ -- selecting themes and issues/   -- budgeting and raising money/ -- working with the news media/ -- campaign organization and strategy.  State chapters that have offered campaign management training seminars include AR, CO, IN, KY, MI, NE, OK, and WA.


American Farm Bureau
National Nonpartisan
Campaign Management Workshop

The Michigan Farm Bureau offers a Campaign Management Workshop for candidates for public office, their spouses and campaign managers, as well as prospective candidates and campaign managers considering races in future cycles. The two-day training uses content developed by the American Farm Bureau with input from political consultants and staff of both national political parties. Program curriculum is applicable to local, state and national political races and content and includes evaluating the viability of the candidacy; selecting themes and issues; budgeting and raising money; working with the news media; and campaign organization and strategy.


Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Nonpartisan
Campaign School

The New Hampshire Republican Party holds campaign schools for filed candidates during each election cycle, including everything from voter vault training to town chair training.


New Hampshire Republican Party
New Hampshire Rep
Campaign School

The Oklahoma Republican Party holds campaign schools periodically, based on on the election cycle. These trainings are open to declared candidates and their staffs and can be scheduled by contacting the Oklahoma GOP.


Oklahoma Republican Party
Oklahoma Rep
Campaign School

FuturePAC, the campaign committee for the House Democrats caucus of the Oregon Legislature, runs campaign trainings for Democrats throughout the state.


FuturePAC-Oregon House Democracts
Oregon Dem
Campaign School

The Tennessee Republican Party offers a two-day campaign school on a variety of issues for all candidates who have filed to run as Republicans in the state, helping them to develop campaign-oriented skills.


Tennessee Republican Party
Tennessee Rep
Campaign Skills Seminars

The Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission provides training sessions for declared candidates or those working on campaigns, addressing the Ethical Campaign Practices Ordinance, campaign contributions, post-election audits, prohibited uses of public funds, and other requirements related to expending public funds.


Miami-Dade County Ethics Commissoin
Florida Nonpartisan