The U.S. ranks 79th in the world for percentage of women in public office. Currently, women comprise 20.6% of the U.S. Congress, 23.7% of Statewide Elective Offices and 25.4% of State Legislatures.1 The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation believes that increasing women’s representation in public office is key to the larger goal of creating social equality for men and women. To this end, the Foundation seeks to enhance and/or establish programming and initiatives that have the direct and explicit goal of increasing women’s representation in publicly elected offices. We envision supporting programs that operate in one of the three following areas: (1) direct outreach to executive-level, accomplished women in the private and public sectors who have not previously considered running for office, with outreach to women of color as a priority; (2) public education campaigns to raise awareness about the lack of women in elected office and the unique opportunities for women in upcoming elections; and (3) programming for women and girls, especially women and girls of color, that directly prepares them for both running for and holding a public office.
What We Look For
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support programs and initiatives that incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:
Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your feminist programming, goals, or approach.
Unsolicited LOIs will not be accepted.