Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 7, 20175min987

A national Democratic fundraising group that backs women running for office endorsed Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy on Wednesday. “Colorado has a long history of strong women’s leadership, but has never before elected a woman as governor,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a statement. “Cary will not only break through that glass ceiling but will bring all Coloradans with her.”


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsSeptember 14, 20162min273

American women have had a lot to celebrate this summer. In June, The White House hosted the United State of Women Summit and 28 major companies signed their Equal Pay Pledge. In July, we saw the first female presidential nominee of a major party. In August, female athletes were the unquestionable breakout stars of Team USA. And two weeks ago, we celebrated Women’s Equality Day.


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 11, 20162min312


Last month, a group of young women from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe participated in a media training initiative called #GirlsGovern, which culminated in interviews with female elected officials. Run by GlobalGirls Media, #GirlsGovern sought to empower, inform and engage girls in politics through journalism.

As the director of Emerge Colorado, an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, I know the importance of engaging women in the political process early on. So, I decided to lend a hand to the #GirlsGovern initiative by arranging for the girls to meet and interview several Colorado women serving in office.

State House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran and state Sen. Linda Newell spoke to the girls about the importance of engagement and equal representation. Over lunch, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and state Sen. Beth Martinez-Humenik touched on the unique abilities that women bring to the table. Engaging in discussions like these can spark an initial interest in politics, which is the first step for young women to enter the pipeline and eventually run for office themselves.

Inspiring a future generation of female leaders is one of the many great things that women do when they’re elected. That’s why Emerge is working hard to change the face of leadership in Colorado. Eight of our alumnae won their primary races last month, including three women of color. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but until Colorado women are fairly represented, we’ll be on the front lines of this fight.

Jenny Willford

Executive director, Emerge Colorado



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsMay 17, 20163min294

2016 is shaping up to be a historic year for women in politics. Hillary Clinton is set to be the first woman to ever clinch the presidential nomination of a major party, and our country may see the first woman president come November. While we should all celebrate this momentous occasion, Sec. Clinton’s unique run for president shines a light on a major problem for women in American politics.