The only PAC dedicated to putting progressive
women at the helm of local and state government.
Founded in 2017, Fund Her has supported 79 winning campaigns in 6 states across the country.
Over 70% of our winning candidates are either women of color or identify as LGBTQ+.
Our candidates advocate for women, people of color, low-income and marginalized communities in their struggle for justice.
If women lead our states, we can lead the nation.
And if we can lead the nation, we can lead the world.
Our cornerstone values
Equality goes beyond equal pay. Our endorsees are champions for women’s rights and equal opportunity for all women everywhere, from the classroom to the boardroom, including the right to a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination.
We support candidates who will work to elevate the voices of California’s marginalized communities and bring issues of social justice to the forefront of policy discussion. This includes addressing criminal justice reform, equal opportunity in our education system, and uplifting women of color in our communities and in our capitol.
We're seeing an unprecedented surge in attacks on women's rights, including a coordinated effort to overturn Roe v. Wade. We support candidates who will legislate in favor of women’s agency over their own bodies and will protect women's access to healthcare necessities, including family planning services.
We are committed to tackling climate change. Environmental factors impact our daily lives in incalculable ways, from increasingly extreme natural disasters to the public health impacts of pollution to the devastating consequences of rising sea levels. We support candidates that will fight for bold solutions, including environmental protections and clean technology.
Fund Her is the only political action committee dedicated to putting progressive women at the helm of our state governments, with the goal of flipping state legislatures by electing progressive women and reaching gender parity in California's State Legislature by 2028.
HOW WE'RE UNIQUE
In each election cycle, we focus on the highest-leverage opportunities for progressive women to lead in state government. California, as the most populous state and largest state economy is always included, plus states that progressive women can help flip from red to blue.
Fund Her evaluates candidates based on their viability and demonstrated leadership on four cornerstone values. We put a particular emphasis on women of color and first-time candidates.
Studies show that women lack access to traditional funding sources and raise less money than men do. But when women are elected, they pass twice as many laws as men do. Data also shows that women tend to legislate more than men on critical issues facing society today like poverty, education, and healthcare.
WHY fund progressive women
1. States wield incredible power: they draw the boundaries for both state and Congressional districts, and legislate on issues central to our four cornerstones - from equal pay to reproductive freedom, climate change, and voting rights.
2. We are playing the long game—building a strong bench of progressive women leaders will pay great dividends at the national level. We are looking beyond the election of our first woman president, beyond even the election of several women presidents, to a future where America is led equally by women and men.
No state legislature wields the national and global influence that California does as the world’s fifth-largest economy and the most populous state in the union (California represents ~12% of the total population of the United States). CA has the opportunity to be a model for what can be achieved when we are led by women and men in equal numbers.
Democrats needed only four seats for a majority in the Virginia legislature, and we knew progressive women could deliver in Virginia—11 seats flipped in 2017. A Democratically-controlled legislature will get to redraw poorly-gerrymandered districts, an opportunity that won't come again until 2030. At the very beginning of the new legislative session, Virginia cast the 38th and final vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and our newly-elected women have been working to change laws that limit reproductive choice and legislate on gun safety and climate—all efforts that Virginia Republicans have thwarted.
our path to gender parity
Within one year of Fund Her's launch in 2017, California saw its largest ever single-year gain for women's representation. On the heels of this success, we grew to include 4 additional states and have continued to expand our efforts to fight for more seats across more states.
See what we've achieved in just four years, and what's ahead for Fund Her >>