Moms Running for Office? These Organizations Can Help You

moms running for officeThe 2016 Election has brought out the worst in people, but, it has also brought out the best in people. It’s like a fire was lit and we thought “we have to do something.” As a result, the 2018 midterm elections brought fresh voices and diverse faces to Capitol Hill and local municipalities and state government across the country.  People are mobilized, inspired, pissed, galvanized, energized, and that includes MOMS! MOMS running for office is suddenly a THING, and I say HALLELUJAH!

moms running for officeIf we want better policies for working parents, and for families, we need parents in office, advocating and sharing their stories. So, if you’re a mom running for office or, you think “Should I? Could I?” I’ve compiled a great list of organizations to help you understand the ins and outs of running for office, especially as a mother.


I invite you to check out these organizations, follow them on Instagram, sign up to receive their newsletters and like them on Facebook. 




If you’re a Mom Thinking of Running for Office, these Organizations Can Help You:

Moms Running for Office 

Moms Running for Office says it’s “redefining motherhood in politics.” The organizations was created by two NJ moms who ran for office themselves so I’m guessing they know a thing or two about running!  Rielly Karsh was successful and unseated a longterm incumbent in her City Council and Danielle Davies was unsuccessful but remains politically active in her local community. 


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“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.”—Sojourner Truth We’ve been talking about it for a long time. Let’s step in and own our power. It’s time. Let’s make it happen. #runlikeamother. #ThrowbackThursday #betonmoms #womeninpolitics #momsrunning #politicalmom #empoweredwomen #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #womenvote #sheshouldrun #inspiration #vote #hearusroar #equalrepresentation #voter #ivote #powertothepolls #feminism #electher #momlife #superheromom #mompowerment #mompower #votelikeamother #onetoughmother #bethechange #momsrising #momprenuer #forourchildren #forourfuture @historyinhighheels @rachelmaddowshow @msfoundation @globalfundwomen @girlrising

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Vote Mama US 

Vote Mama USA was created by Liuba Shirley who ran in Long Island against Rep. Peter King. Unfortunately Liuba lost but she made headlines when she requested (and got the OK!) to use campaign funds for childcare. 



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In January our goal was to get ten states to approve campaign funds for childcare by the end of the year. It’s June, and we’re already at 8!

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Vote Run Lead 

Vote Run Lead wants you to run as you are. They project to train 30,000 more women run by 2020. Vote Run Lead provides a plethora of tools to demystify the art and science of running for office. You can sign up for in person meetings, online meetings and trainings and they have information on digital tools, fundraising, public speaking, and more. 

You can join Vote Run Lead’s Facebook group here. 


She Should Run 

“It’s not that we don’t win, it’s that we don’t run.”

She Should Run wants to get more women to run for office, because, research shows that while less women run (more men are asked to run) if women are asked and DO run, they are just as likely to win as men. Specifically, they want to get 250,000 women to run by 2030. There’s even a hashtag:  #250Kby2030.

She Should Run believes that when women run, we lead, and when we run more voices are heard and more challenges are met. They offer resources to help women get started and encourage women to nominate women (or themselves!) to run for office. 

You can register to get all their info here. 


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Women in leadership has proven to mean greater inclusivity, togetherness and involvement.

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Emily’s List 

Founded in 1985, Emily’s List is one of the most seasoned organizations working to elect pro-choice women to elected positions. FUN FACT: EMILY isn’t a person, it actually stands for “Early Money is like yeast” (helps the dough rise) which means getting early fundraising dollars helps candidates. 

Emily’s List has a national recruitment and training campaign to help women run.  If you’re interested in getting pro-choice women elected (or, better yet, if you ARE a prochoice woman who wants to run and get elected!) make sure to check out Emily’s List and sign up! 

You can sign up for Emily’s List here. 


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Getting elected was just the beginning. Now Rep. Lucy McBath is fighting for her mission in Congress. #BlackHistoryMonth

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Amplify Her NYC 

52% of the NYC population is comprised of women, yet this is not reflected in elected office. There are no women in the three higher elected office positions, and only 11 out of 51 seats in City Council are held by women. 

Amplify Her NYC wants to change that! It is dedicated to helping women in NYC run for office. 

You can sign up for Amplify Her’s newsletter here. 


If you want to sign up for Amplify Her NYC’s list click here. 



Mom Running for Office? Check out these Organizations to Help You



Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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