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
California Women's List

California Women's List is a Political Action Committee that endorses, fundraises for, and elects women to public office in California. Their mission is to elect women who will make California more just and equitable for all. 

California Dem
California Women's Political Caucus

The National Women's Political Caucus of California works to increase women's participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and appointment to public office. 

California Nonpartisan
Campaign Management Institute

Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

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.

District of Columbia Nonpartisan
Campaign Management School

The Leadership Institute

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. 

Virginia Rep
Campaign Management School

National Federation of Republican Women

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. 

National Rep
Campaign Management Training Seminar

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

The Nebraska Farm Bureau offers campaign training for prospective candidates and others interested in campaigns by allowing participants to have a meaningful, hands-on experiences to execute successful political campaigns. 

Nebraska Nonpartisan
Campaign School

New Hampshire Republican Party

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 Rep
Campaign School

Oklahoma Republican Party

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 Rep
Campaign School

Tennessee Republican Party

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 Rep
Campaign Skills Seminars

Miami-Dade County Ethics Commissoin

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.

Florida Nonpartisan
Campaign Training

Michigan Democratic Party

The Michigan Democratic Party offers in-person trainings focused on leadership training and issues related to campaigning for state House and Senate candidates and officers of local parties, clubs and caucuses.  The Party also offers online trainings to candidates interested in running in the state.  Trainings are usually scheduled about a month in advance, with information posted online or available from the Party office.

Michigan Dem
Campaign Training

New Mexico Democratic Party

The New Mexico Democratic Party runs both comprehensive and single-focus trainings throughout the year. Trainings, which cover topics like vote building, canvassing, phone banking, targeting, effective messaging and more, are posted online as scheduled.

New Mexico Dem
Campaign Training

Pennsylvania Democratic Party

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party runs several trainings throughout the year on a variety of topics related to campaigning, including finances, media, and grassroots organization. Any interested Pennsylvania Democrat should contact the Party's political director for information and schedules.

Pennsylvania Dem
Campaign Training

Rhode Island Republican Party

The Rhode Island Republican Party holds campaign trainings during election years, varying in topic and focus.  Trainings are offered for registered Republicans or declared candidates in the state.   

Rhode Island Rep
Campaign Training

Texas Republican Party

The Texas Republican Party provides campaign training throughout Texas upon request. One to two hour trainings can be scheduled for groups or individuals through the Party's political director. The Texas GOP also provides online training videos accessed with a passcode provided by the party. All trainings are open to Texas Republicans. Eight-hour candidate training sessions are also available through the Party before the filing deadline, after the filing deadline, and before the general election. 

Texas Rep
Campaign Training

Lillian's List

Founded in 1998, Lillian's List is an independent political committee dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to the North Carolina General Assembly. Lillian's List runs a 1-3 day campaign training every year in conjunction with EMILY's List for pro-choice Democratic women who are running or thinking about running for the General Assembly.

North Carolina Dem
Campaign Training Program

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia

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 upall within the context of ethics and principled public service. Applicants should be Virginia residents eligible for and considering a bid for office; many graduates have gone on to serve in elected office around the Commonwealth.

Virginia Nonpartisan
Campaign Training Seminars

Campaigns and Elections Magazine

Campaigns & Elections magazine offers non-partisan campaign training seminars throughout the year for students and volunteer campaign operatives from all over the U.S. The trainings cover necessary campaign skills as well as contacts that often translate into business opportunities. Begun in 1983, these seminars provide a forum for campaign professionals to share their knowledge and experiences and for participants to engage in industry-wide networking. Most are held in Washington, DC.

District of Columbia Nonpartisan
Campaign Trainings

American Majority

Founded in 2008, American Majority is a national non-profit, nonpartisan training institute with national headquarters in Purcellville, VA and state offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas.  American Majority programs bring the expertise and knowledge-base of national politicos, campaign strategists, communication consultants, and seasoned organizers directly into local communities with four tracks of training: Candidate Training, Activist Training, Campus Majority, and the Fellowship Program. Each track offers a number of unique courses to prepare participants to run for office or work for campaigns or in politics. The calendar of scheduled trainings is available on the American Majority website. 

Arkansas Nonpartisan
Campaign Trainings

Connecticut Democrats

The Connecticut Democratic Party offers as-needed candidate training programs, typically one day,  that provide preparation and knowledge to campaign staff and/or individuals who have already declared their candidacy for public office.

Connecticut Dem