Emerge CA to Graduate 25 NorCal Women Ready to Run for Office

San Francisco, CA – Twenty-five women from Northern California are now ready to run for office and help close the gender gap in electoral politics. The class, which graduates this Friday, completed a four-month training program with Emerge California. The organization recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office.

The women in the 2016 NorCal class represent a diverse range of professions including technology, healthcare, education and public service. Over fifty percent are women of color. Details on graduates available here: http://www.emergeca.org/alumnae?year=2016

“This impressive group of talented, diverse women are well-equipped to make a difference in public office across Northern California,” said Emerge California Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “Recent data shows that white men make up 53% of candidates and 55% of office holders in our state, even though they are only 19% of the population. Not only does this not make for a representative government, but we are also missing out on the skills and talents of more than half our population.”

The graduation keynote speaker is Assemblymember Phil Ting. Ting will address a crowd of nearly 150 Emerge California supporters, alumnae, and board members who will be attending the graduation and reception.

Who:            Emerge California with Assemblymember Phil Ting

What:           NorCal Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony and Reception

When:          Friday, April 15, 5:30 PM

Where:         Delancey Street Foundation Theatre, 600 The Embarcadero, SF

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained nearly 350 women. Fifty percent of those women have run for public office or been appointed to local and statewide boards or commissions. Of those who have run, nearly 70% have won their races. In addition, 50% of Emerge graduates are women of color.

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