100 years after women fought for the right to run and vote, we are still fighting for equal representation
We are building a movement to diversify Congress.
An unprecedented opportunity exists to elect more women now. A new generation of female candidates is emerging with the fresh thinking needed to win elections and deliver in Congress, and Americans are ready to support and elect them.
We’re building a hub to foster online and offline community and drive sustained action in support of progressive women candidates for Congress.
Most Americans don’t know about the pioneering women in politics, or about the talented women running today. We seek to change that.
Our digital platform will connect people nationwide with candidates who deserve their financial and volunteer support.
We’ll engage you and other citizen activists in pushing for a more diverse, inclusive, and representative Congress.
Why US? +
We are harnessing the power of a new generation of activists to break down barriers to diversity in Congress, beginning with electing more women. We’re focused on three barriers to inclusion: incumbency, the process of candidate selection and support, and raising money. Our aim is to make the whole process of running and gaining support more democratic. We want to shift the balance of power out from behind closed doors, and put it back in the hands of the American people so more women gain the support they need to run and win.
Why 100? +
Democratic women currently hold 78 seats in the House and Senate. Achieving 100 seats by 2020 will be the greatest congressional representation Democratic women have ever achieved, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
Why Women? +
Achieving our target will change Congress. Women are more likely to work across the aisle, bring funding back to their districts, and introduce legislation. Electing more women is the first step toward a Congress that better reflects our nation’s people and values.
Why Congress? +
America ranks 104th in the world for representation of women in federal legislature with only 19% of the House and 21% of the Senate is made up of women. We focus on Congress because underrepresentation of women and minorities where federal laws are made impacts the lives of all Americans.
This movement is about values, not party politics. Our platform is open to all female candidates who support social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
Specifically, we look for candidates who support:
Equal treatment under the law. We believe all people, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, or physical ability deserve equal protection and opportunity. This means supporting LGBTQ equality, criminal justice reform, defense of voting rights, access to quality education for all, and immigration reform.
Economic opportunity. Americans deserve job opportunities that afford a living wage, and people deserve equal payment for equal work. We support candidates who will address rising inequality, will create jobs and raise incomes.
Healthy people and communities. All people deserve access to affordable health care, communities free of violence, bigotry and hatred. We support candidates in favor of gun violence prevention, contraceptive access and reproductive choice, domestic and sexual assault prevention and response, and health care access for all.
We recognize that candidates from different regions will hold different views, and as such, we do not have strict policy position criteria but rather are focused on the progressive values that unite us. We are casting a wide net and will crowdsource input from the Project 100 community.