Our Mission:


We use organizing techniques to recruit women to run for state and local office.

The support and resources available to me was incredible. I am so grateful for Emily and Tess!! THANK YOU!
— Erika Johnson, 2018 Candidate for MA State Representative
I was completely green and didn’t understand and didn’t always follow direction well. Even though it didn’t work out, screening possible campaign managers was very helpful, virtual call time manager was helpful, the weekly check ins were very helpful.
— Amber Daniels, 2018 Candidate for OH State Representative

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

Our mission is to empower pro-choice women who should be running for office to run, and to guide candidates through the process of running for office. First Ask eases barriers to entry, disrupts the status quo and seeks to close the gender gap in representation. We invest time in each individual in order to create a positive and supporting environment for women running for office.

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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 candidates, 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.