News Articles

Feb 17 2017

Many of us were sure Hillary Clinton was going to break the highest glass ceiling in the land, and were — and still are — stunned that didn’t happen. But this is no time to wallow. Now, more than ever, women need to lead, and Emerge Michigan can help them do that.

Feb 17 2017

Victoria Oliver has been a police officer for 20 years, the last 10 as a detective, but it didn’t take a Sherlock Holmes instinct for her to deduce that it was time for her to run for political office.

“The election was so divisive. You can take the easy option and sit on the sidelines and criticize, or you can get involved and try to change things,” she said.

Feb 17 2017

On Saturday, millions took to the streets in a global outcry against President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress' promises to set American women back decades. They marched not only as women, but as immigrant women, women of color, LGBTQIA women, women with disabilities, Muslim women and poor women, knowing that their rights were in danger not only as women, but as members of so many communities targeted by the incoming administration and Congress.

Feb 17 2017

Brittany Shearer has always been interested in politics.

She majored in political science in college, and regularly calls her state representatives about issues she cares about, such as education. But something changed when Donald Trump won the GOP presidential nomination last summer: She decided to run for office herself, and aims to get elected to the state Senate in Virginia within the next five years.

“Running for office is more proactive,” says the 20-something Ms. Shearer, who works for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., as an academic adviser. “I want to bring my own ideas to the table.”

Feb 17 2017

Beth Kelly, executive director of an organization that grooms Democratic women to run for political office in Michigan, signs her emails with a simple but hopeful word: Onward.

“Onward” may be the only place to go for Democrats after President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory in last week’s election. Blindsided by a result many didn’t see coming – including pollsters – Democrats are now asking themselves tough questions about how a man who admitted to groping women, mocked those with disabilities and many other things is now in the nation’s highest office. Maybe the biggest question: Where do they go from here?

Oct 16 2015

Former State Representative Vicki Barnett learned the political ropes through service in local government – eight years as a Farmington Hills city council member and four years as the city’s mayor.

Now, she’s growing the state chapter of a national organization focused on getting more Democratic women to take the same path. Emerge Michigan launched with an October 18 event in Ferndale that featured special guest U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who began her political career on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

Sep 14 2015

By Alan Greenblatt, Staff Writer

If Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina can run for president, why don't more women run for state legislative seats? For about 20 years now, women have made up slightly less than a quarter of all state legislators.

"We've sort of been stuck somewhere between 22 and 24 percent, really since about 1997," said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.

Blog Posts

Dec 18 2015

We held a hugely successful board meeting this past weekend with 12 incredible women who are motivated and committed to getting Emerge Michigan off the ground! They bring diverse experiences and a wealth of knowledge to the organization, and we are so excited to have them. If you are interested in joining Emerge Michigan's board or getting involved, please reach out to

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