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Oct 10 2017
Event Speakers Include Former Governors Jim McGreevey and James Florio

During the Gala, former Governors Jim McGreevey and James Florio, and Senator Robert Torricelli will give remarks on the critical importance of women running for office and the role Emerge New Jersey plays in getting women elected. To date, more than 50 women have successfully completed the Emerge New Jersey political training program. Many of which, have gone on to run and win elected office in New Jersey including Essex County Freeholder Board President Britnee Timberlake, Madison Borough Councilwoman Maureen Byrne and Neptune Township Councilwoman Carol Rizzo.

 
Oct 8 2017

"Women woke up and felt like they needed to do something," said Truscha Quatrone, director of Emerge New Jersey, a chapter of a national organization geared toward training Democratic women on how to run for public office.

The group, which has been around for five years, runs a six-month course once a year. An average of 30 women typically apply each year, Quatrone said.

Sep 30 2017

The president of Emily’s List rose to the podium at a recent New York fundraiser to make a proud announcement: More than 18,000 women had contacted the group since Election Day, looking to explore running for office, “an explosion,” she called it.

Of course, they’re all Democrats. On the Republican side, there’s been no such explosion. While a tide of anti-Trump activism has led thousands of Democratic women to consider runs for office, their Republican counterparts are where they were before the 2016 election, with little chance of improving their representation.

Sep 23 2017

Emerge NJ is changing the face of the state’s politics by identifying a pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates, a resource that has gone virtually untapped.

The program is a six-month training platform that focuses on breaking down the barriers to entry into the political scene. In a state that has not elected a lot of women, those barriers can be foreboding. Emerge levels the playing field by de-mystifying the process of engagement and connecting women to the knowledge, resources and networking needed to win office.

Aug 26 2017

Did you know that less than 100 years ago you didn’t have the right to vote in the U.S. if you were a woman? Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote on August 26, 1920.

Power Of The Pack

Jul 19 2017

Women make up more than half of the U.S. population, but you wouldn't know that from looking at America's elected officials. 

Currently, women hold less than 25% of elected position across the United States. The non-profit, non-partisan organization She Should Run is working to change that.

Jul 18 2017
Women make up just 20% of seats in Congress, 24% of state elective executive offices, and 25% of state legislatures seats across the U.S., according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics. She Should Run wants to change that.
 
Jul 6 2017

In-depth op-ed feature on the benefits of women in politics and the progress that follows when women pursue elected office, featuring commentary from Debbie Walsh at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University; and a feature on New Jersey State Senate candidate Christine Chen.

Jun 29 2017

A look at the state legislature finds 11 women in the 40-seat State Senate and just 25 of 80 women in Assembly seats. Only seven of the 42 county political party chairs are women. At a panel discussion hosted by the Women’s Empowerment Network, Whitman and several other politically active women shared their thoughts on why women – 50 percent of the population – make up such a small percentage of elected officials and what needs to happen for that to change

Jun 26 2017

This year’s graduating class was a representation of diverse and progressive female leaders from New Jersey’s various counties. Each came to Emerge New Jersey with unique skills and attributes, yearning to make a difference and foster positive change. Energized by the 2016 Presidential Election, the class felt that now, more than ever, women need to emerge into the political arena. Lisa Douglas, a graduate and resident of Newark stated, “Subsequent to the disappointing election, I realized it was my duty as an African-American woman to ‘emerge.’” She continued, “The Emerge New Jersey political training program provided me with invaluable tools to effectively prepare and run for office. Empowered, I now further understand the importance of not only possessing a seat at the table, but it is my responsibility to create one if none exist."

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Mar 13 2017

Celebrate Women's History Month with Emerge New Jersey! Over the course of the next few weeks, we're going to feature Emerge New Jersey alumnae and current class members who are making strides in the Garden State. From serving on Boards of Educations to positions on corporate boards, to working in the Senate and teaching in the school, our alumnae are driving change across industries and sectors.

Sep 6 2016

 native of Newark, Sara Pena is an Emerge New Jersey Class of 2014 alumnae. She graduated from Kean University and earned her MPA degree from Rutgers University. She also is a recipient of the Shaping our Future Leadership Award for Political Empowerment for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the well being of her community. We asked her five questions on why she emerged and the reasons other Democratic women should emerge too.

Aug 29 2016

Connie Sanchez, is a Class of 2016 graduate and we asked her five questions on why she emerged and the reasons other Democratic women should emerge too. 

Aug 25 2016

Earlier this week, Emerge New Jersey announced its accepting applications for its 2017 Class. The Emerge New Jersey political training program provides Democratic women in the state of New Jersey with six months of training on the nuts and bolts of a political campaign. Erin Sweeney, is a Class of 2014 graduate and we asked her five questions on why she emerged and the reason other Democratic women should emerge too.

 

Jul 29 2016

Day 4 of the convention began with a breakfast with the New Jersey State Delegation guest speakers Senator Robert Melendez and U.S. Senator Corey Booker, both delivered fiery speeches about the importance of electing Hillary Clinton and the beautiful diversity within state of New Jersey. 

Jul 28 2016

On Monday, July 25, 2016, Emerge New Jersey Executive Director Truscha Quatrone headed to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A long-time Democrat, passionate about uplifiting women and fostering positive change, Truscha went to represent the New Jersey State Delegation and Emerge New Jersey. It's been three days since she first arrived and below she shares her experience at the DNC 2016 so far and the moment we're all waiting for tonight, Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech for becoming the first female Presidential nominee of a political party. 

Jun 13 2016

Emerge New Jersey proudly celebrated the graduation of its third class with a ceremony held at BlueWave NJ President Marcia Marley’s home in Montclair, New Jersey on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Jun 9 2016

Project Redirect, a non-profit organization based in Newark, New Jersey, is awarding Emerge New Jersey Board Chair Celia M. King and Emerge New Jersey Board Member and Alumnae Rosa Farias, at its Excellence in Business and Community Service Awards Gala on Friday, June 10, 2016. The gala will honor community leaders, organizers and influencers who have shaped their communities by blazing trails in business, education, and humanitarian work.

May 13 2016

Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training organization for Democratic women in the Garden State, will host its Class of 2016 graduation on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The graduation begins at 11:30 a.m. and is being held at BlueWave NJ President Marcia Marley's home at 139 Union Street in Montclair, New Jersey.

Press Releases

Oct 4 2017

Lt. Gov. Candidate Sheila Oliver to Be Honored at Women of Achievement Gala

 
Feb 14 2014

SOUTH ORANGE February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training organization dedicated to giving Democratic women who want to run for office the necessary skills to win, is pleased to announce that the inaugural training class begins in January and will run for the next six months. The training course will include sessions ranging in topic from public speaking to campaign strategy and fundraising.

Feb 13 2014

SOUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Shelly Bell, who resides in Newark, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women.

Feb 13 2014

SOUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Sara Pena, who resides in Newark, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women.

Feb 13 2014

SOUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014– Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Sadaf Jaffer, who resides in Princeton, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women. 

Feb 13 2014

OUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Rosa Farias, who resides in Newark, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women. 

Feb 13 2014

SOUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce Maureen Byrne, who resides in Madison, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women.

Feb 13 2014

SOUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Marlene Baldinger, who resides in Lebanon, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women. 

Feb 13 2014

OUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Kimberly Hurdman, who resides in Morristown, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women.

Feb 13 2014

SOUTH ORANGE-- February 13, 2014 – Emerge New Jersey, the premier political training program for Democratic women, is pleased to announce that Erin Sweeney, who resides in Newark, was selected to be in the inaugural training class—a total of only twelve women.

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