In 2016, Wheaton College will host its first Elect Her workshop and serve approximately 50 college women. Wheaton College will be the only Elect Her site in Massachusetts, where women make up only 26% of the state legislature. This percentage has not significantly increased in the past 20 years, mirroring the slow pace of political […]
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation is proud to partner with GlobalGirl Media on their innovative #GIRLS GO VOTE project.Through #GIRLS GO VOTE, young women around the Unites States will investigate the issue of women’s political leadership. Girls will receive media training and will set up a series of interviews with first-time or newly elected female officials and candidates. The resulting videos will also include interviews with people on the street and the girls themselves discussing the women’s political leadership. The goal is to promote civic engagement, youth leadership and democracy building in traditionally under-served communities through the experience of participatory media.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation proudly supported VoteRunLead, a national organization that unleashes the power of women leaders in democracy through encouraging women to run for office and equipping them with the tools to succeed in the process. VoteRunLead builds powerful networks and fuels women’s ambition for civic leadership, giving them a voice and closing the knowledge gap around politics for women from all classes, cultures, and colors.
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 proudly supported 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.
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 was pleased to support Mass VOTE in the inaugural year of the Boston 500 Civic Engagement Initiative (B500).
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation partnered with Citizen Action Wisconsin to support their 2014 non-partisan civic engagement program targeting the greater Milwaukee area. The goal of the program was to increase civic participation by connecting the act of voting to community empowerment. Citizen Action communicated with voters about economic issues that matter to women, such as the need for family supporting jobs and access to affordable healthcare. The program increased the participation of underrepresented voters and decreased the likelihood of voter drop off in the midterm election cycle.
In a 2012 YEO member survey, 80 percent of women members stated that they wanted to run for higher office. Barbara Lee Family Foundation proudly supported 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.
Running Start’s first Young Women’s Political Summit in July 2013 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.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation proudly supported The Civic Engagement Initiative (CEI), a MassVOTE project that distributed grants for nonpartisan urban voter education, registration, and mobilization in cities throughout Massachusetts.
The Barbara Lee Family Foundation provided support to the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance (NHCA) for outreach to increase the engagement of unmarried women in the political process through voting and issue activism, focusing specifically on Manchester and other urban constituencies in New Hampshire.
The 2012 Project was a national, non-partisan campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to increase the number of women in legislative office by identifying and engaging accomplished women 45 and older from underrepresented fields and industries to run for office in 2012.
A joint venture between the National Women's Political Caucus and the National Council of Women's Organizations, the project was designed to push the resumes of qualified women for appointments regardless of which party wins the White House.
Unlike conventional statues that are larger than life or set high upon pedestals, the subjects of the Boston Women's Memorial are sculpted in a manner that invites the observer to interact with them.
The goal of this project was to use the film "Iron Jawed Angels" as a catalyst to spark dialogue about the founding mothers’ long, hard struggle to win women’s voting rights and about the critical importance of women’s votes today.
From 2004-2007, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation supported Women's Voices, Women Vote (WVWV) in their efforts to activate unmarried Americans in their government and in our democracy.
The Changing Faces of Power initiative explored the hard-fought journey of women through America’s political system and how their activism and leadership has shaped the political landscape.
Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, reaches out to working-class moderates living in the suburbs and exurbs with information on the economy and opportunities to take action.
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts builds power in low-income and working class communities around economic justice issues. Their grassroots organizing model includes voter registration and education, policy advocacy, coalition building and leadership development.
For the MomsVote ’08 Program, MomsRising used new and creative online and on-the-ground voter engagement strategies, optimized through volunteers. The program mobilized voters who prioritize public policy that supports families.
Women, Power and Politics will be archived online in perpetuity as an informational and educational tool, so that visitors to the website can continue to view the exhibition, access its tools, post comments, and generate and participate in conversations.
PTI focuses on identifying and training promising women in order to increase the presence of female progressive voices throughout the mainstream media.
Name It. Change It. tracks incidents of sexist media coverage and commentary on women candidates and leaders generated or covered by media outlets and engages supporters in responding to these incidents through letter writing campaigns and publicity.
Since 2001, The Barbara Lee Family Foundation has partnered with CAWP to work towards our shared goals of promoting greater knowledge about women's participation in politics and government and enhancing women's leadership in public life.