It is now a political advantage to be a woman running for office in the state of Minnesota because of the work of womenwinning. womenwinning actively recruits and develops candidates early in the electoral process with the goal of making each candidate not just the best woman in each race but the best candidate in each race. Over the past 35 years, womenwinning has raised millions of dollars and supported thousands of women candidates. In 2013, over 76 percent of womenwinning-endorsed candidates won their elections.
womenwinning is the go-to organization in the state of Minnesota for women in politics. We are dedicated to creating and growing an informed electorate and serve as an excellent source of information for our members and partners. At the time of our founding 35 years ago, womenwinning had 25 members. Today, womenwinning has 10,000 members, and we’re growing.
The founding members of womenwinning were Republicans and Democrats who prioritized protecting a woman’s right to choose. We remain dedicated to the values of multi-partisanship and reproductive freedom today. We ask specific questions in our application process about Roe v. Wade, access to contraception and comprehensive sex education – womenwinning believes broadly that being pro-choice is about a woman having autonomy and the right to make decisions affecting herself, her family, and her community.
Currently, women make up 51% of the population but only:
- 37% of school boards,
- 28% of city councils,
- 15% of mayors,
- 11% of county commissioners, and
- 33% of our state legislature in Minnesota.
Nationally, only 10% of all governors are women, and women make up just 17% of the U.S. House of Representatives and 20% of the U.S. Senate. We have yet to elect a woman president.
Women bring a different perspective from men and a unique set of skills to the table. Women prioritize legislation that impacts women, families and communities - men may vote to support this legislation, but it is often women who bring it to the table in the first place. It is important that our governing bodies writing our laws reflect the diverse life experiences of the people in our communities.
Here you will find catalogued the womenwinning stories of some of the amazing women who make up the organization - current and former candidates/elected officials, board members, LAUNCH members, interns to name a few. We hope you have your own womenwinning story!