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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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