Women in Politics

This page lists organizations that provide training opportunities and information that helps women succeed in the political arena. Thank you to Nancy Bocskor, who spoke at The 2012 Project for sharing this list.

Getting Educated

American Association of University Women

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. www.aauw.org

Women and Politics Institute at American University

The mission of the institute is to close the gender gap in political leadership. They provide young women with academic and practical training that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitate research that enhances our understanding of the challenges women face in the political arena. www.american.edu/spa/wpi

Women’s Campaign School at Yale University

Our mission is to provide the very best training in the world for women who want to run for office or who want to move up the ladder to higher elective office. We train women to run political campaigns and to advance their careers in public service. We value leaders who are capable of building relationships regardless of political point-of-view.  www.wcsyale.org

Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University

The Center’s mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life. www.cawp.rutgers.edu

Building Leadership and Support

American Student Government Association

ASGA provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses.

International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics

iKNOW Politics, is an interactive network of women in politics from around the world who share experiences, access resources and advisory services, and network and collaborate on issues of interest.

Next Step

This is an opportunity for women who have already broken into their careers and who are trying to determine their next step to gain exposure and training in the political arena and better understand the host of careers available to them.

Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Media Center makes women visible and powerful in media. WMC works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard through media advocacy campaigns, creating their own media, and training women to participate directly in media.

Young Women’s Political Leadership Program

YWPL introduces high school girls to the importance of women in political leadership. With an emphasis on practical skills, participant learn from experts in the field of public speaking, messaging, networking, on-camera media training, and platform development.


Star Fellowship

This is an exciting program that brings together college women from across the country to intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Seven college women are placed in offices to intern for a female Representative or Senator. Housing and a stipend are provided and each Friday the Fellows participate in a political seminar.

Running Start

Running Start supports the young women who will shape tomorrow’s world through providing young women and girls with the skills and confidence they need to become the political leaders of tomorrow.

Taking Action

Elect Her: Campus Women Win

The Elect Her initiative, in collaboration with AAUW, spotlights programs that are growing the number of women running for elected office. Part of the program includes training program that encourages college women to run for student government on their college and university campuses.

Ready to Run

This is a bi-partisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, or learn more about the political system.www.cawp.rutgers.edu/education_training/ReadytoRun/index.php

Project 2012

The 2012 Project is a national, non-partisan campaign to increase the number of women in legislative office by identifying and engaging accomplished women 45 and older from underrepresented fields and industries. These include finance, science, technology, energy, health, environment, small business and international affairs. Outreach to women of color and diverse backgrounds is also a priority.

Path to Politics

This lunch lecture series is geared for young professional women who are interested in learning more about running for elected office. The lunches take place throughout the year at various locations in Washington, DC.  Speakers showcased are experts in their fields and help participants better understand what it takes to run for elected office.

White House Project

The White House Project, a 501(c)(3), aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors—up to the U.S. presidency—by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women.


Vote is non-partisan organization, and all trainings and program is free to the women candidates around the world. The organization runs by individual donations and volunteer work.

Women’s Campaign Forum

She Should Run is an online nomination tool that can help you and others make an informed decision about running for office.  This is also a membership community of women leaders at varying stages of their political lives supporting each other in their decisions and path to public service. She Should Run provides members with the encouragement and resources they need to make an informed decision.