Our Work

Press Kit

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation (BLFF) advances women’s equality and representation in American politics and in the field of contemporary art. Our work in both our program areas is guided by our core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture.

We achieve our overall mission through our nonpartisan political research program, strategic partnerships, grants, and endowments:

  • Nonpartisan political research: For nearly 20 years, politicians, practitioners, and press have used BLFF research to understand the obstacles and opportunities for women running for office. BLFF has studied and published research about every woman’s gubernatorial race since 1998. We have shared our findings with thousands of women candidates and officeholders, at all levels and across parties, giving women essential knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of campaigning.
  • Strategic partnerships: BLFF builds strategic, nonpartisan partnerships to help women succeed in American politics and make women contemporary artists more visible to the public.
  • Grants and endowments: BLFF is committed to building the capacity and ensuring the long-term viability of select partner organizations through grants and endowments.

Fast Facts

• Number of Women Governors in U.S. History: 37
• Number of Women Senators in U.S. History: 46
• Number of Women Running for Governor in 2016: 4
• Number of Women Running for Senate in 2016: 16