Since its founding in 2017, Fund Her has helped fund
Our proven track record: In 2018, within one year of our launch, California saw its largest ever single-year gain for women's representation. Of the 36 women we’ve helped elect so far, more than 50% are women of color or of the LGBTQ+ community.
Following our success in California, we added a chapter in Virginia in 2019.
Today, Fund Her has chapters in Arizona, Iowa, and Minnesota. These successful campaigns run by progressive women in these states was instrumental in flipping state legislatures, and Fund Her helped carry them over the finish line.
How Fund Her is unique
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.
choosing which states
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 state(s) where progressive women can make the biggest difference for Democrats at the state level.
choosing which candidates
Fund Her (board?) 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.
The need to support progressive women
Studies show that women lack access to traditional funding sources and have a harder time raising money to mount campaigns. But when women are elected, they pass 50% more laws than their male colleagues. Data also shows that women tend to legislate more than men on critical issues facing society today like poverty, education, and healthcare.
WHY STATES MATTER
1. States wield incredible power: they draw the boundaries for both state and Congressional districts, and legislate on issues central to our four cornerstones.
2. State governments are becoming increasingly important in our current political climate as progressive policies and protections are rolled back at the federal level.
3. 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.
Why we invest in California
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). Yet CA ranks 20th in the nation when it comes to female representation at the state level. CA has the opportunity to be a model for what can be achieved when we are led by women and men in equal numbers.
Why we invest in Virginia
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 (year?), 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 in the future.
See what we've achieved in just four years, and what's ahead for Fund Her >>