Each election year, NOW PAC endorses federal candidates, many of whom are persons of color with outstanding records of feminist and progressive advocacy. In 1972, NOW’s members supported the great Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run for president, and in the 1992 primaries, Illinois NOW members provided a statewide campaign field for Carol Moseley Braun, which helped to catapult her to become the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.  

In 2020 NOW continued this long tradition of endorsing successful candidacies, including the first female, African American, and Asian American Vice President in history: Kamala Harris, along with President Joe Biden. We also endorsed numerous victorious candidates of color, including Representatives: Doris Matsui, Barbara Lee, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sharice Davis (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin) among many others. See our full list of winning candidates here.  

To increase women’s political representation, NOW unveiled RUN NOW, a unique program to train NOW members how to run for office and/or run a political campaign. Through impactful partnerships with leading progressive political organizations including Emerge and EMILY’s List. RUN NOW prepares the next generation of feminist leaders to assume positions of power in politics. RUN NOW is a unique program available exclusively to NOW members that provides training on how to run for office and how to become a professional campaign operative. Prospective candidates and campaigners will have the opportunity to learn the full mechanics of campaigning from experts and thought leaders from leading political organizations.   

To learn more or sign up for training visit https://now.org/run-now/