Guest Post: Changing The Face Of Power, In the Legislature and Behind The Clipboard

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Regular readers of this blog are already familiar with the yeowoman's work of the fine folks at Annie's List, who recruit, train, and support female candidates for office here in Texas.

Annie's List has helped elect leaders such as Houston Mayor Annise Parker, State Representatives Donna Howard, Mary Ann Perez, and Mary Gonzalez, and has played an instrumental role in supporting Wendy Davis in her two Senate campaigns and now her bid for Governor.

Annie's List holds acclaimed trainings for women interested in running for office. This is also a phenomenal opportunity for prospective campaign managers and organizers as well. There are far too few female campaign managers working in progressive politics today. Kudos to Annie's List for helping to change the face of Texas politics in front of the camera and behind the clipboard.

Annie's List will hold their last training of the year in Austin on December 7th. Click below the jump to get all of the details.

If you're a progressive woman in Texas thinking about running for office or running a campaign, make the effort to be there!Thanks to Annie's List for sending us this guest post! Please send it to a woman you know who should run for office… And remember, that woman might be you!

Annie's List is dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas by recruiting, training, and supporting progressive women candidates across the state and electing women who will fight every day for issues vital to women and their families. Women have been severely underrepresented in Texas politics.

As of 2013:

    • 21% of the Texas Legislature are women

    • 6 women were campaign managers of 2012 Democratic competitive legislative races

    • Only 1 major metropolitan area can boast a progressive female mayor

    • Over 6,000 men have been elected statewide compared to just 143 women

Yet, women make up over 50% of the state population. The facts show us: we need more women in politics.

Annie's List works to proactively recruit talented women to run for office, to level the playing field in campaigns, and to help women move up the leadership pipeline as public servants. We see this as the only way to bring a balanced perspective back to Texas government.

Annie's List has been preparing women to run for any level of elective office for 10 years. Over the past 4 months, Annie's List has trained 600 women on the basic building blocks of running a campaign – planning, communications, fundraising, voter targeting and turnout.

Not only does Annie's List encourage more women to run, we demonstrate how to be victorious through running a smart, competitive campaign. Annie's List trains candidates as well as campaign managers and staff, empowering women all across the state with the knowledge necessary to win.

The last of these acclaimed trainings is rapidly approaching: December 7th, 2013.

The workshop is a full day commitment from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm open to all progressive women in Texas and will be held in Austin.

Annie's List Candidate 101 Statewide Training in Austin

Where: University of Texas ART Building Room 1.102

(2337 San Jacinto Blvd., 78712)

When: Saturday, December 7th

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Click here to RSVP

RSVP is required. There is a $25 registration fee that includes lunch and materials; however, scholarships are available.

If you have questions about scholarships or would like to know more, please contact Colleen Loper at 512-481-8100 or email


About Author

Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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