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
Campaign Trainings

The Maryland Republican Party holds trainings about once a month on campaign-related topics. Training content and participants vary, with some trainings held for potential candidates and others targeting current candidates or campaign staff. The trainings are posted online when scheduled.


Maryland Republican Party
Maryland Rep
Campaign Trainings

The Minnesota Republican Party holds periodic candidate trainings that are posted on the MN GOP website as scheduled, in addition to other trainings for candidates and campaigns.  Individuals interested in running or learning more about the process can contact any member of the MN GOP's candidate search committee.


Minnesota Republican Party
Minnesota Rep
Campaign Trainings

The Tennessee Democratic Party runs campaign trainings throughout the year. Open to any Tennessee Democrat, they cover a variety of topics and are held in locations throught out the state.


Tennessee Democratic Party
Tennessee Dem
Campaign Trainings

The Utah Democratic Party holds campaign trainings providing campaign guidance and materials for all those running for office on the Utah Democratic platform.


Utah Democratic Party
Utah Dem
Campaign Trainings

The Vermont Republican Party holds campaign trainings for candidates filed with the Republican Party during election years. Individuals considering running can call the Party to get  information from a party official. 


Vermont Republican Party
Vermont Rep
Campaign Trainings

The Washington Republican Party holds campaign trainings at least once a year, open to any Republican within the state. Trainings are typically one day long and focus on how to run a political campaign.


Washington State Republican Party
Washington Rep
Campaign Trainings

The Wisconsin Republican Party runs trainings every few months. Information and schedules for these day-long trainings are provided through the state's GOP headquarters.


Wisconsin Republican Party
Wisconsin Rep
Campaign Workshops

The West Virginia Democratic Party runs a campaign workshop at least once a year open to any West Virginia Democrat. Information is provided through the Party headquarters.


West Virginia Democratic Party
West Virginia Dem
Campaign/Candidate Training

The Texas Democratic Party runs campaign and candidate trainings several times a year that vary in topic and length. Some trainings are open to all Texas Democrats while others are open only to declared candidates or campaign staff.


Texas Democratic Party
Texas Dem
Candidate 101 Training

The program is tailored for progressive, Democratic women who are considering a run for elective office at any level. The trainings are full-day, in-depth workshops exploring the building blocks of campaign communication, fundraising, planning, media relations and grassroots activism needed to run a professional, competitive campaign


Annie's List
Texas Dem
Candidate Boot Camp

Candidate Boot Camp offers online candidate training and free resources for those considering running for office. 

National Nonpartisan
Candidate School

Operation Clean Governments Candidate School has offered a non-partisan educational seminar in Rhode Island every election year since 2002. Designed to broaden citizen involvement in state and local government, the day-long progarm prepares citizens to get involved and succeed in the political process, from volunteering for campaigns to managing a race or running for office. 


Operation Clean Government
Rhode Island Nonpartisan
Candidate Schools

Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee (ELRC) Candidate Schools help women develop the skills they need to win elections. These day-long intensive training experiences across New York State enable potential candidates to formulate a campaign strategy specific to their race and individual goals.  Candidate Schools are open to all pro-choice Democratic women currently running for office or planning a future run. 


Eleanor's Legacy
New York Dem
Candidate Training

North Dakota Democratic Party offers trainings focused on leadership training and issues related to campaigning. For information about training, contact the ND Democratic state headquarters.


North Dakota Democratic Party-NPL Headquarters
North Dakota Dem
Candidate Training

The Rhode Island Democratic Party runs a campaign training in the spring of each election year for invited candidates.  


Rhode Island Democratic Party
Rhode Island Dem
Candidate Training

The Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute recruits and trains leaders in Washington State who are thinking about entering the arena of politics as candidates or staffers and who are committed to the principles of freedom, security, entrepreneurial free enterprise, and a return of conservative principles of governance.  The Institute, held three days a week over two weeks, teaches its students about campaigns and about how to be a candidate. Topics include Situational Leadership, Leadership Point of View, and Interim Team Assignment. The JDLI's first class of fourteen completed their training in October 2009, and the program hopes to hold two trainings per year, in addition to abbreviated classes targeting in-demand topics.  The first training included a session specifically focusing on women and politics.


Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute
Washington Rep
Candidate Training

Founded in 1979, GOPAC is a national organization dedicated exclusively to electing Republicans to state and local offices.  The organization provides candidate and campaign training, primarily through online resources.


GOPAC
National Rep
Candidate Training

Founded in 2004, MI List is a statewide organization and donor network dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to the Michigan legislature and key local offices. MI List strategically recruits and supports pro-choice Democratic women to create a farm team of viable candidates to run for elected office; they coordinate campaign trainings with EMILY's List, a national PAC for pro-choice women.


MI List
Michigan Dem
Candidate Training

NWPC hosts training programs to provide women with the skills needed to run campaigns as candidates, to serve as staff, and to be effective volunteers. 


National Women's Political Caucus
California Nonpartisan
Candidate Training Program

The Sorensen Institute's Candidate Training Program (CTP) is an intensive, four-day program focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign for office.

Participants explore the nuts and bolts of building a strong campaign from the ground up—all within the context of ethics and principled public service. The curriculum does not prescribe a particular set of campaign guidelines or rules, but does provide candidates with a framework for developing their own code of conduct to run a winning and ethical campaign. Participants in the program represent  a broad range of ideologies and a diversity of communities from throughout Virginia. The CTP was first offered in 1999 with support from a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Seven graduates of our 2009 Candidate Training Program were elected to office the same year— 3 Republicans, 3 Democrats and 1 Independent. That includes 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats of the CTP 09 class who were elected for the first time to the Virginia General Assembly on November 3— all four of whom were brand new to state-level campaign politics until they participated in Sorensen.


Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia
Virginia Nonpartisan