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. 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 Cai Barias.

Program State(s) Party
Arizona NOW

The Arizona National Organization for Women (AZNOW) works to advance the equal status of women and girls in all aspects of their lives.

Arizona Nonpartisan
Arkansas Federation of Democratic Women

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women's voices in the Democratic Party. NFDW chapters promote Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. 

Arkansas Dem
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.

Arkansas Rep
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

Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce

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. 

Louisiana Nonpartisan
Bi-Partisan Coalition for Women's Appointments

Center for American Women and Politics

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.

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 works to maximize Black women's involvement in the political process, to support and endorse Black women candidates, and advocate for social and political equity for the African American community. 

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

IGNITE and New American 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.

National Nonpartisan
C.R.E.W. - Civically Re-Engaged Women

CUNY - School of Professionalism

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"  

New York Nonpartisan
California Federation of Democratic Women

The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women's voices in the Democratic Party. NFDW chapters promote Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. 

California Dem
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.

California Rep
California Issues and Trends Program

Leadership California

The California Issues & Trends program was created for successful women leaders in California who want to increase their significance and impact in their workplace and community. Each year, a diverse cohort of women are selected to participate.

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
California 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. 

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

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 Nonpartisan
California Women's Leadership Association

The California Women's Leadership Association (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