2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, so we’re running a Q&A series this year called “The Women in Charge,” focusing on California women who are doing groundbreaking things in policy and politics, both here in the Golden State and around the nation.
Because it’s also an Election Year, we’re going to talk with the women in charge of getting other women inspired to run for political office, funding them so they can go the distance, and training them so they’ll succeed.
California is home to innovative organizations that are getting more women elected and appointed to top spots on local, state and national levels.
* California Women Lead is the state's first, and still only, nonpartisan organization that encourages and mentors women to run for office or apply for an appointment at the state or local level.
* Emerge California is a top training program for Democratic women who want to run for office (graduates include Eleni Kounalakis, California’s first female Lieutenant Governor, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf).
* Fund Her, the first political action committee focused on electing progressive women, provides that badly-needed financial support to ensure their candidates are well-positioned to win.
* And Ignite goes all the way down to the K-12 grade level to train young women who want to become the next generation of political leaders.
Join us for a conversation with some inspiring political leaders in California who know how to maneuver through the political world, and teach other women how to navigate successfully, too.
* Esmeralda Cortez Rosales, West Coast program manager for Ignite National
* Samantha Farmer-Helton, chief political strategist for Fund Her, and deputy political director for Consumer Attorneys of California
* Lindsey Nitta, executive director of California Women Lead
* Melanie Ramil, executive director of Emerge California
PODCAST PLAY BY PLAY
* O to 5 min - Intro to California Groundbreakers, and the reason for this specific event
* 5:10 min - Panelists introduce themselves, and highlight particular California women in politics who have inspired them
* 11:15 min - How California Women Lead gets more women appointed and elected around the state
* 15 min - How Emerge California picks women to train, and how it trains them
* 19:50 min - How Fund Her is getting women candidates to be better fundraisers and get connected to more donors with deep pockets
* 23:05 min - How Ignite is training young women to be future political leaders
* 30:45 min - Women typically haven't run for office unless they've been asked to -- is that changing?
* 35:40 min - What skill sets do women need to run for office in 2020?
* 39:55 min - What skills women need to raise money to run their campaigns
* 46:20 min - How each of the panelists' organizations are funded
* 52:15 min - Do you need to be a "yes man" as a woman climbing the political career ladder?
* 57:25 min - How college students can explore career opportunities in the political world
* 1 hr, 40 sec - How high schoolers can start thinking about getting involved in politics
* 1 hr, 6:35 min - The pros and cons of social media for women running for office
* 1 hr, 10:15 min - How do you balance the "likeability" factor with "being real" while running for office?
* 1 h, 13:30 min - Lessons learned from the six female Democrats who ran for the Presidential nomination this year
Photo credit: Ignite National
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