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We’ll always be here, encouraging women like you to consider a run for office! When you’re ready to take your next step, whether it’s getting on a ballot or volunteering for a campaign, we recommend you explore the resources and partners we’ve curated below.
Learn how to work or volunteer on a political campaign.
In addition to the invaluable importance of first-hand experience in campaigning, political power is built by ensuring women have representation in many political roles, including on campaigns.
Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School
This extensive guide covers everything you want to know about volunteering for or working on a political campaign and is a great jumping-off point to understand what it takes to become a part of campaign work. It covers not only campaigns for elected officials but also ballot initiatives or referenda that require campaigns of their own for issues like climate change and voting rights. Be sure to check out their additional resources at the bottom of the guide!
Your local county party
Your local county party is a great go-to for connecting with candidates in your area. Whether you’re eager to knock on doors, want to make voter phone calls, or find writing postcards is more your speed, county parties frequently host various volunteer activities. This is a great way to get to know like-minded (and motivated!) people in your community and gain direct access to campaigns!
The Democratic National Committee
The Democratic National Committee outlines various ways to organize within the party and advance your political journey. Most of the resources are designed for use by volunteers, organizers, and candidates.
The Republican National Committee
The Republican National Committee offers tools and information to help Republicans run a strong campaign, regardless of previous political experience.
Explore deeper training opportunities.
54% of Americans think women having to do more to prove themselves is a major obstacle for those seeking political office.
There are many renowned organizations dedicated to providing campaign training that will help make becoming a candidate less overwhelming. We’ve identified a few examples here to get you started, but be sure to check out our growing list of field resources.
Women’s Public Leadership Network
Women’s Public Leadership Network (WPLN) educates, organizes, and inspires center- and right-leaning women to seek public office and become effective leaders. Check out their free online training curriculum and community, and learn more about advisors and partners in your area to help you on your journey. These courses are free and can be completed at your own pace.
Vote Run Lead
Vote Run Lead is nonpartisan and trains women to run for office and win, reaching over 55,000 women across America. They have developed and curated VRLHQ to share winning campaign strategies and inspiring stories from folks who have been in your shoes. Through their free host of resources on planning a campaign strategy, building your team, fundraising, voter outreach, and regularly updated curated collections, they’ll show you how to run for office and win in a changing world — without compromise.
The Campaign School at Yale University is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral leadership program whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe.
Get a personalized view of all available resources.
In a polarized political environment, developing nonpartisan leadership competencies, such as becoming self-aware, achieving results, and engaging with others, can bring people together and renew public trust.
She Should Run
We know there are a multitude of resources that can be useful to you as you continue to explore your political leadership potential. We’ve created an extensive and ever-growing list of organizations, tools, guides, and more for you to dive into based on traits specific to you, like your location, political party, and preferred learning style.
Latinas Represent is the national, nonpartisan home for Latinas seeking out public service opportunities in the U.S. Check out their helpful search engine called “Run for Office,” which lets you enter your address to find out which public office positions are open in your area. This tool makes it simple to take the first step toward making a difference and becoming a public service leader in your community.
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