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Apr 11 2016


In Wisconsin, just 25.8% of state lawmakers are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

However, when women run for public office, they win in the same percentages as men. So, why are there so few women in positions of political power?

Apr 11 2016

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Common Council increases its female diversity level to two. Alderman Milele Coggs was re-elected and a new play unseeded an incumbent. FOX6 News introduces Chantia Lewis.

Jul 3 2014

Kelly Westlund, a Democrat from Ashland running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in Congressional District 7, believes she can put her skills in conflict resolution to use today’s polarized political climate.

Jul 2 2014

A White House report shows about 120,000 people in Wisconsin would have federally-funded health insurance, if the state would accept expanded Medicaid funding.

Governor Walker turned down the money, and he implemented his own plan to cover more low-income adults. His plan shifted about 77,000 people from BadgerCare to the federal exchanges, to help pay for it.

Jun 9 2014

Democrats are utterly convinced that Gov. Scott Walker is vulnerable enough to lose this November.

May 12 2014

Five years ago, my eyes were opened to the issue of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community. This often unseen population consists of children under the age of 18 who have no safe permanent housing and who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. These teenagers leave their family home for a variety of reasons, including family conflicts, abuse and neglect. Once on the streets, they face a multitude of risks with an estimated 5,000 homeless youth in the U.S. each year dying as the result of assault, suicide, or untreated medical problems.

Blog Posts

Dec 2 2014

You've done Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

Aug 6 2014

Emerge Wisconsin Executive Director Job Description BACKGROUND Emerge Wisconsin is a political leadership training program for Democratic women in Wisconsin. The Emerge mission is to identify, educate, and inspire Democratic women who want to run for political office at the local, state, and national level in Wisconsin. Emerge is dedicated to making a long-term investment in these future leaders by developing their political and media skills and expanding their knowledge of state and local issues.

Jun 11 2014

Emerge alumna and State Assembly candidate Margo Miller recently sat down Steve Walters at Wisconsin Eye to talk about her upcoming primary.


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Apr 4 2014

Emerge alumnae across Wisconsin were on the ballot Tuesday. Congratulations to ALL of them for their commitment to serve their community as an elected official. We know all of the hard work they put in leading up to April 1.

Mar 28 2014

Emerge Wisconsin Executive Director Wendy Strout sat down with Citizen Action of Wisconsin's Battleground Wisconsin podcast to discuss Women's History Month and some of the emerging women leaders in Wisconsin politics.


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Apr 3 2013

Dear Friend;

Tuesday night was a big night for Emerge Wisconsin Alumnae!  Thirteen of our alums were on the April 2nd ballot!  As of today, the majority won their elections!

We are proud of all of our alumnae who stepped up to say "Yes, I will run."  We look forward to great things from all of the alumnae!  You can learn about all of our alumnae who ran by clicking on the picture below.

Nov 8 2012

Emerge Wisconsin is extremely proud of the Emerge Wisconsin alumnae who stood up and said "Yes, I will run."  Thank you to every single one for running and working to serve your community in elected office.

Sep 3 2012

Today, we celebrate and honor the workers who have fought for and continue to fight for the rights that, until now, have been taken for granted: the right to bargain a fair contract; the right to provide a comfortable living for our families; the right to join a union and speak out about our rights without fear and intimidation; and the right to be part of the middle class.  Emerge Wisconsin proudly supports a worker’s right to organize.  

On Labor Day and every day, Emerge Wisconsin continues to stand with our friends and partners in organized labor.  We are proud that our training includes the history and appreciation of organized labor and all that we have because of the fights unions have taken on.

We are proud that Emerge continues to recruit and train women from labor to run for elected office - several of whom are seeking elective office this year.    

Emerge Wisconsin believes that the pathway to winning back the stolen rights of workers includes the recruiting and training of more Democratic women to run for office.

Emerge Wisconsin proudly stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in labor and wish you a very happy and peaceful Labor Day.

Mar 29 2012

Candidate for U.S. Senate, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's answers to our Women MAKING History Month Questions.

Press Releases

Jan 6 2016

Milwaukee, WI: Emerge Wisconsin is excited to announce their tenth class of Democratic women. The 2016 Class will follow in the footsteps of current and former elected officials, including Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd ‘11 (Milwaukee), Representative Dianne Hesselbein ’09 (Middleton), County Board Chairwoman Tara Johnson ‘10 (La Crosse) and Alderwoman Jackie Moore ’14 (Ashland).

The Emerge Wisconsin Class of 2016 members are:
Alice Belcher (Brown Deer), Marianne Bloch (Westport), Rebecca Bonesteel (Hudson), Kathryn Carley (Green Bay), Catherine Emmanuelle (Eau Claire), Sarah Gaskell (Verona), Joyce Hall (Hudson) , Kara Hawes (Janesville), Arkesia Jackson (Milwaukee), Kimberly Lawton (Washburn), Lindsay Lemmer (Madison), Autumn Linsmeier (Manitowoc), Angela McManaman (Milwaukee), Marcelia Nicholson (Milwaukee), Stephany Pruitt (Milwaukee), Kaeleen Ringberg (Ashland), Caroline Russell (Madison), Jeanine Schneider (Madison), Briana Schwabenbauer (Holmen), Shonita Skinner (Madison), Inrgid Wadsworth (Poynette), Angeline Winton (Springbrook)

Oct 20 2014

MILWAUKEE – Emerge Wisconsin is pleased to announce the hiring of Erin Forrest as the new Executive Director.  In her role, Erin will represent Emerge Wisconsin throughout the state and direct the curriculum for the next generation of Emerge leaders.

Jul 28 2014

MADISON, WI: This past Sunday, twenty-one women completed the Emerge Wisconsin training program and stepped out armed for success as future candidates. The graduation ceremony, held at a private residence in Madison, featured a keynote address from Emerge Advisor Peg Lautenschlager, the first women elected as Wisconsin Attorney General.

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Jul 25 2014

Milwaukee – Emerge Wisconsin welcomes five new members to its 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • Carmen Cabrera (Milwaukee), Centro Hispano MKE Latino Round Table Director
  •  Analiese Eicher (Sun Prairie), Emerge Alumna and former Dane County Board Supervisor
  • Katy Phillips (Eau Claire), Democratic Party leader and activist
  • Diane Odeen (River Falls), Emerge Alumna and City Council member
  • Rep. Melissa Sargent (Madison), Emerge Alumna and State Assembly Representative

See full release here

Dec 9 2013

Madison – Congratulations to Emerge Wisconsin Board Member Carousel Bayrd on being elected to the Emerge America board.  Carousel was selected by a coalition of several states' representatives to represent their interests on the national board.

Jul 22 2013

Madison- Emerge Wisconsin congratulates the newest graduates of their training program. On Saturday, June 20th, twenty-two Democratic women joined the growing ranks of Emerge Alumnae. Emerge participants complete a seven month course covering topics from campaign messaging to fundraising and public speaking.

Jan 18 2013

Emerge Wisconsin Introduces their 2013 Class

Madison – Emerge Wisconsin is excited to announce their seventh class of Democratic women ready to run for elected office.  The 2013 Class follows in the footsteps of current and former elected officials, including Senator Jessica King ‘07 (Oshkosh), Representative JoCasta Zamarripa ’10 (Milwaukee), County Board Chairwoman Tara Johnson ‘10 (La Crosse) and Alderwoman Kelly Westlund ’11 (Ashland).

Jan 6 2013

Madison – Emerge Wisconsin is proud that as of today, there are eight Emerge Wisconsin alumnae serving in the State Legislature.  Five alumnae - Senator Nikiya Harris (Class of 2011), Representative Dianne Hesselbein (Class of 2009), Representative La Tonya Johnson (Class of 2012), Representative Melissa Sargent (Class of 2012) and Representative Mandy Wright (Class of 2012) – join returning alumnae - Representatives Penny Bernard Schaber (Class of 2007), Jill Billings (Class of 2011) and JoCasta Zamarripa (Class of 2010). 

See full press release here.

Apr 1 2016

April 1, 2016 

Contact: Erin Forrest
(608) 577-2269

Justice Rebecca Bradley Named Winner of March Misogyny Madness

MADISON – Emerge Wisconsin, the premier training organization for Democratic women seeking elected or appointed office, has announced the winner of it’s March Misogyny Madness.

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