We unleash the political power of women as voters, candidates and leaders to create and sustain an equitable democracy.

The Story of Us

Vote Run Lead trains women to run for office, and win, reaching over 55,000 women all across America. Vote Run Lead alumni are serving on city councils, county boards, state houses, supreme courts, and in Congress.

Our co-founders and leaders have been working together for nearly 15 years, with a growing family of team members in 6 states, and a national trainer pool of the country’s best political coaches.

Launched in 2014, today Vote Run Lead is 4 times the size of our start, reaching tens of thousands of women — nearly 60% of whom are women of color, and 20% of whom are from rural America. We are working rapidly --- with partners like the YWCA USA, and New American Leaders and local women’s foundations --- to increase women’s representation at every level of government.



Wondering How We Do It?

Through our award winning Run As You Are™ curriculum women are encouraged to build campaigns based on their personal beliefs and values in order to serve the communities in which they live. Our supportive online community of women are gathering to share their campaigns, goals, and expertise with a culturally diverse group of women leaders who are more than prepared to hold public office.

“I was a little bit hesitant, because I had been to several trainings and had been through the 101’s and had been told over and over again that ‘you’re just going to have to raise funds’, and I wasn’t really sure if I was going to get much out of it, but I decided to go anyways; and I am so happy that I did. This was invigorating, it was encouraging. I have been structured within my campaigns, and I beg you to take the time and effort to get out to one of these events. They’re fantastic.”

HCDE Trustee Andrea Duhon
Position 4, Precinct 3







Why Vote Run Lead?

There is an urgent need for a larger wave of women - one that is more diverse and more intersectional - to step up to lead within our democracy. At every level of government, more women means greater impact and efficiency. Vote Run Lead is reaching a community of leaders ready to step up , fight for our democracy, and tackle systemic reforms with bold ideas. Both the policymaking of women leaders and the power of their representation are needed to continue towards parity and equality. The public offices available for women to serve are endless and we are confident that there is a place for every woman to take the lead.


Vote Run Lead Statement on Data Collection

At Vote Run Lead, we unleash the political power of women as voters, candidates and leaders to create and sustain an equitable democracy. We work to create the conditions for each of our community members to thrive. We commit to a continuous loop of impact evaluation and improvement. We commit to dismantling systems of oppression.

We view demographic data as an essential tool to promote equity and hold ourselves accountable to these commitments. By sharing your data with us, you will help us:

  • Shape our curriculum to reflect your needs and meet you where you are
  • Reach and reflect women across our multiple identities
  • Understand—and dismantle—the barriers to public office for women in different geographies and communities
  • Tell your story. We want to uplift and celebrate you as you run for office and win!

We are committed to your privacy and confidentiality, so we will never sell your data—we use it only internally and with trusted partner organizations. We are striving to make this a safe and easy process that makes you feel seen and respected. We are committed to continuous learning and improvement, and we welcome your feedback or questions at [email protected]

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