The Foundation builds strategic, nonpartisan partnerships to deploy a broad range of tactics helping women succeed in American politics.
Our partnerships change the dialogue about women candidates in the media; showcase powerful historical examples of women’s leadership and empowerment; mobilize women voters across political parties through innovative online and grassroots campaigns.
Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network (2010-present)
In a 2012 YEO member survey, 80 percent of women members stated that they wanted to run for higher office. Barbara Lee Family Foundation is proud to support the Women’s Caucus Pre-Conference at the YEO Network National Convening, specifically designed to nurture this desire and to offer support and skills training to women already in office.Read More
Running Start (2013)
Running Start’s first Young Women’s Political Summit in July brought together young women from across the country to hone their leadership skills and strengthen their connections in the political world. The Barbara Lee Family Foundation was proud to share our latest nonpartisan research – Pitch Perfect: Winning Strategies for Women Candidates. The research provides a clear roadmap for women to introduce themselves to voters and showing they are qualified. The two workshop sessions showed nearly 100 participants how to perfect their pitches to voters, how to choose their words wisely, and how to use traditional and new media to amplify their messages. For more information and photos from the Summit, visit Running Start.Read More
The MassVOTE Education Fund (2012)
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation is proud to support The Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI), a MassVOTE project that distributes grants for nonpartisan urban voter education, registration, and mobilization in cities throughout Massachusetts.Read More