Women in Politics

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.

Current Partnerships

  • Citizen Action Wisconsin (2014)


    The Barbara Lee Family Foundation is pleased to partner with Citizen Action Wisconsin to support their 2014 non-partisan civic engagement program targeting the greater Milwaukee area. The goal of the program is to increase civic participation by connecting the act of voting to community empowerment. Citizen Action will communicate with voters about economic issues that matter to women, such as the need for family supporting jobs and access to affordable healthcare. The program will increase the participation of underrepresented voters and decrease the likelihood of voter drop off in the midterm election cycle.

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  • MassVote (2014)

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    Mass VOTE is dedicated to promoting a culture of political participation. They achieve this through organizing, registering, and educating voters, placing an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. The Barbara Lee Foundation is pleased to support Mass VOTE in the inaugural year of the Boston 500 Civic Engagement Initiative (B500).

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  • OWL (2014)

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    OWL is a national nonprofit that focuses on issues impacting the economic security and quality of life for the nation’s estimated 78 million women over the age of 40. The Barbara Lee Foundation is proud to support OWL and its initiative with Sewall Belmont House & Museum to engage the 22 million women voters who sat out the November 2010 midterm election. The campaign is focused on reminding women of the importance of their continued participation in voting by engaging them through the use of social media messages.

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  • Application Policy & Process

    The Barbara Lee Family Foundation Women in Politics program area has an invitation-only application process and does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. We contact organizations and ask them to apply, rather than accepting unsolicited applications. Please note that an invitation to submit a proposal does not imply or guarantee funding.

    Our grantmaking process is intended to efficiently and effectively support projects that are narrowly aligned with our mission and goals to advance women’s equality and representation in American politics. This process also helps to ensure that those invited to apply have the ability to present the most pertinent and useful information in their proposals.


    The Barbara Lee Family Foundation does not fund:

    - Individuals or scholarship programs - International or foreign-based programs - Organizations without 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsorship - Political campaigns - Projects delivering direct social services