Our Mission:


We give women the tools to become innovators in their political field and grow to be the voice of women everywhere.


Our Impact

At First Ask, we recruit women across the country to run for office at the state and local level. From city councils to statewide office, we help powerful women harness their voices to effect change in government. We work with women to organize their campaigns, build their networking groups and achieve success on election day.  We know on average, women will be asked seven times to run for office before they decide to run for office, and we want to be the First Ask.



First Ask Candidates



successful in their primary elections


won their general elections



candidates who won are women of color


who came up just short have committed to running again.

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Our Mission

First Ask seeks to close the gender gap in representation by recruiting qualified women to run for office. Focusing on an organizing model, First Ask works to build a bench of candidates to run for office; after all, when women run, they win. As such, it is our goal at First Ask to empower more women to make the leap to run.

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"Women's empowerment is gaining ground because so many brave women have been unwilling to accept anything less." 

– Madeleine Albright

Get Involved

We're looking for dedicated individuals to create change. We offer internships each semester in Washington, D.C. and remotely, where interns can get real-life experience and training in a number of departments. Students may receive course credit for the internship. Staff will work with the school/adviser on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork. 

For more information click here.

Sign Up For an internship

Join our team to learn the ins and outs of campaigns and the recruitment process. Work with our candidates and help us identify candidates for future cycles!


By joining our list, you will receive updates about recruitment, current canidates, job opportunities and more!

Make a Donation

Help create an inclusive and representative government by donating today. Together we can help grow and support a strong bench of democratic women in state and local offices! 

We need your Help!

We focus on community-based candidate recruitment.

You know your community best and we want to follow your lead to find women who would be a great representative but hasn't been asked yet. Join LEAP (Locally-Established Advocate Program) as a Volunteer Advocate to help find women in your area to run for office.

We will train you on how to search for the right person for office, and provide the tools to start those critical conversations with women and to ultimately make the first ask of them to run for office. And then the second. And the third.

Be a part of this team that will help close the gender gap in representation and build a strong bench of women to continue running for office in the future.