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
Candidate Workshops

Veterans Campaign's two-day training sessions are specifically designed to educate, encourage, and motivate veterans to continue their commitment to public service by running for elected office. Program curriculum progresses in five stages: laying the groundwork for your campaign, getting your campaign of the ground, financing your campaign, and taking your campaign into the home stretch. Program instructors are office-holding veterans, campaign operatives, professional fundraisers, and representatives of veteran-oriented political action committees who value and understand the mechanics of electing veterans to public office. 


Veterans Campaign
District of Columbia Nonpartisan
Carol's List

The purpose of Carol’s List is to recruit, train, elect, and otherwise support progressive Democratic women to elected office, in order to represent Montanans across the state in various levels of government.

Montana Dem
Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics

Founded in 1992, the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics provides leadership development and educational opportunities for women and men interested in politics and public service through programs blending the resources and scholarship of the academic environment with the actual experiences of individuals in the public and private sectors. The Center: / -- Offers leadership development, mentoring and educational opportunities to ISU students / -- Fosters research on issues related to women and politics through the Archives of Women's Political Communication, annual Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics, and studies conducted by Center staff and students / -- Brings prominent women leaders, national and international scholars, and political activists and practitioners to campus for lectures, programs and seminars; and / -- Encourages women to pursue careers in politics, public administration and public service through its mentoring and leadership development programs.


Iowa State University
Iowa Nonpartisan
Catalyst PAC

The aim of Catalyst PAC is to increase the variety of backgrounds represented in Congress by supporting diverse Republican candidates running for Congress.

National Rep
Center for American Women and Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American womens political participation. CAWP promotes greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and enhances women's influence and leadership in public life. CAWP scholars conduct research on women and politics; the Center offers up-to-date national information on women in local, state, and federal offices; CAWP works with partners across the country to offer state based political education and training program for college women (NEW Leadership Development Network) and women preparing to run for political office (Ready to Run National Training Network).

National Nonpartisan
Center for Women and Politics of Ohio

The Baldwin Wallace Center for Women and Politics of Ohio (CWPO) is a non-partisan public resource that tells the story of women running for public office in Ohio. 


Baldwin Wallace University
Ohio Nonpartisan
Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy

The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy seeks to increase the number of women in leadership positions in public service. Their goal is to become a destination for young women who desire to dedicate their professional careers to public service, advocacy and leadership.


Institute for Women's Leadership, Texas Woman's University
Texas Nonpartisan
Center for Women's Leadership

The Center for Women's Leadership works to increase women's leadership in public policy through targeted teaching and community service programs. The Center promotes scholarship that examines the presence and role of women in politics and public policy and provides diverse and inclusive service programs that will develop the next generation of women leaders who will serve the city, state, region and nation.


Portland State University
Oregon Nonpartisan
CIEE Civic Leadership Summit

At the CIEE Civic Leadership Summit, participants will join young leaders from around the world to learn about leadership, social entrepreneurship, and cultural understanding. Applications include an essay and a video.


CIEE Work &Travel USA
National Nonpartisan
Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus

Established in 1972, the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus recruits, trains, and supports feminist candidates. It is the only active chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus in Ohio.

Ohio Nonpartisan
Civic Leadership Academy

The Civic Leadership Academy is an interdisciplinary leadership development program for emerging and high-potential leaders in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the City of Chicago and Cook County.


Univeristy of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement
Nonpartisan
Close the Gap CA

Close the gap CA is a statewide recruiting campaign to find talented, progressive women to run and win seats in the California legislature in 2014 and 2016. Over the past 10 years, women's representation in our state legislature has declined from 30% to 25%;women of color dropped from 44% of women legislators to just 32% today. In 2014 and 2016, nearly 50% of Assembly and Senate seats will open up. Progressive women can win many of them. Working with women's political and civic organizations, past and current legislators and with Educate Our State, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA andwomen in the forefront of anti-poverty efforts, we can identify, recruit and connect promising prospects to the resources that will enable them to run and win.

California Nonpartisan
Colorado 50/50

Colorado 50/50 is a nonpartisan group formed in the spring of 2017 by a circle of women in Fort Collins, Colorado. They believe office-holders – whether elected or appointed – should more closely reflect the population. In other words, since women make up more than 50% of the population, then women should hold at least 50% of the seats. Fifty-fifty, fair and square.

We’re here to change that. We’re encouraging women to run for office. We’re encouraging women to apply for boards and commissions. The promise of our representative democracy will never be fulfilled until our office-holders truly reflect the people they represent. Onward!

Colorado Nonpartisan
Colorado BlueFlower Fund

The Colorado BlueFlower Fund is small donor committee that helps to elect Democratic, pro-choice, progressive women candidates running for state and local office in Colorado. The BlueFlower Fund actively researches and recruits qualified, competitive candidates for whom they will provide financial support.

Colorado Dem
Colorado 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.

Colorado Rep
Colorado Springs Leadership Institute

The Colorado Springs Leadership Institute was formed in 1996 with the purpose of promoting the quality and quantity of leaders in the Pikes Peak region. The Institute works to connect, educate, and engage area leaders from diverse sectors of the community through programs and events. The cornerstone program of the Institute is a weeklong training for about sixteen new members annually.

Colorado Nonpartisan
Committee Training

The Virginia Democratic Party runs either a single statewide training or multiple regional trainings on grassroots work to committee members each year.


Virginia Democratic Party
Virginia Dem
Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women

The Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women supports the principles of the Democratic Party, encourages growth of an intelligent and conscientious electorate, and dedicates itself to fostering good government.

Connecticut Dem
Connecticut 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.

Connecticut Rep
Connecticut Gender Balance Legislation

The Connecticut General Statutes (Section 4-9b) establishes that the membership of all state appointive boards, commissions, committees and councils having members appointed by the Governor or by members of the General Assembly be representative of the state gender balance to the extent possible.

Connecticut Nonpartisan