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State Network

From the Ground Up

The ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” State Network introduces legislative and policy initiatives on a local, state and national level designed to increase access to political leadership for working-class women, benefitting all women. With a focus on institutional change, ReflectUS advocates for policies and legislative changes that level the playing field for women to run for and be elected to office.

“From the Ground Up” State Network Blueprint

ReflectUS is a coalition of the eight leading women’s representation organizations engaging over 150,000 women across the country. The ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” State Network works towards greater representation in political leadership at all levels by engaging local- and state-based organizations in capacity building for working-class women who are already leaders in their communities. These women are directly affected by policy changes but are not being tapped for appointed positions or asked to run for office through traditional leadership pipelines because of systemic and institutional barriers. To reduce the obstacles and include all women in the political process, the Coalition seeks a more reflective government, ensuring that policies and legislation address the needs of all Americans.

Legislative and Policy-Driven Strategy

The ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” State Network introduces legislative and policy initiatives on a local, state and national level designed to increase access to government power for working-class women, benefitting all women. With a focus on institutional change, ReflectUS advocates for policies and legislative changes that levels the playing field for women to run for and be elected to office.

Local Leadership

ReflectUS works with working-class women who are already leaders in their communities to amplify their voice and give them the tools and resources for political leadership. The ReflectUS Coalition of the eight leading women’s representation organizations is the only coalition bringing together women from across the political spectrum in one network. The ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” State Network is a national effort for local women leaders to encourage, empower, support, and connect them with resources to help them run for office.

Addressing Systemic Barriers

The ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” also addresses the institutional and individual barriers limiting working-class women’s ability to serve in political leadership. ReflectUS engages women in a process of learning about the barriers women face in running for and serving in public office, engaging them in policy advocacy aimed at eliminating institutional barriers, and providing them with capacity building towards serving in political leadership positions.

Capacity Building

By equipping women leaders with the right tools resources, and data they can make headway into public office, advocating for both their communities and for systems changes towards a more reflective democracy. The ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” State Network is a structure for working-class women to obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge and resources they need as they embark upon political leadership.

ReflectUS “From the Ground Up” State Network

The ReflectUS State Network brings together and supports women’s representation efforts across the country. Through information sharing, solidarity support, and networking, we develop best practices for moving the field forward to achieve broad-based wins. Our goal for the State Network is to work with local- and state-based organizations to identify local leaders and move those leaders into government leadership.

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