DC Needs More Women in Political Office

DC currently has an all-time low percentage of women in elected office. It's time to change that.

  • published 2020 BOE and City-Wide Candidates in Blog 2020-09-12 15:58:14 -0400

  • published PrefPoll2020 At-Large Web Page in Home 2020-08-22 18:38:31 -0400

    2020 At-Large Preference Poll

    Read statements provided by the Candidates for members of DCWIP:

    We will share the results of the preference poll via email and on our website.

    Please complete the Preference Poll no later than Sept 15, 2020.

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  • DC Women in Politics Touts Historic Election As Council Poised to Elect Female Majority

    We support Kamala Harris, and we will support the female candidates for DC Council At-Large because when women unite and vote, women win.

    In three months, residents of the District of Columbia head to the polls to vote in the general election but the historic choice on Nov. 3 will be about much more than the presidential candidates.

    DC Women in Politics is organizing to elect the seventh woman to the Council of the District of Columbia, establishing a female majority for the first time.

    The women vying for a non-majority-party, at-large seat on the 13-member council are: Claudia Barragan, Christina Henderson, Kathy Henderson, A'Shia Howard, Jeanné Lewis, Mónica Palacio, Marya Pickering, and Ann Wilcox.

    “It is women's political participation that will yield change for democracy,” said Anita Shelton, chairwoman of DC Women in Politics. “At a time when the District of Columbia is heavily burdened by the call for social and economic justice for women and people of color as well as the novel coronavirus, women’s natural problem-solving skills and compassion are the dual qualities that make their leadership distinctive.”

    Shelton continued: “Those qualities compel women to take on family and community concerns. They have done so numerous times by managing the household budget, strategizing in corporate boardrooms, or helping the local PTA advance its goals. So, it matters when their unique leadership capabilities are also at work in electoral politics.”

    A successful bid by any candidate to advance the District of Columbia is also a vote for advancement of a progressive women’s agenda, which includes working to end income inequality, expensive childcare, domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace and exorbitant housing costs.

    DC Women in Politics has long outlined such issues while training and mentoring women seeking office because they are the issues that burden a woman’s progress.

    With deft strategy (centered on its motto: When women vote, women win!) the organization has gained a track record for assisting in the election of women willing to bolster women’s equality.

    For example, DC Women in Politics endorsed Brooke Pinto and Janeese Lewis George, who won their primary races on June 2 to represent Ward 2 and Ward 4, respectively. They join a corps of elected leaders who are alumni of DC Women in Politics’ Campaign School, including councilmembers Elissa Silverman and Brianne Nadeau. Also, its Preference Poll winners include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Mayor Muriel Bowser, and councilmembers Anita Bonds and Mary Cheh.

    “A historic election of a seventh woman to the Council of the District of Columbia would bring increased sensitivity to citizen needs, compromise across party lines, and produce a maintainable future,” Shelton said.

    Please join us as a member of DC Women in Politics. 

  • published 2020 Ward 2 Special Election June 16 in Blog 2020-06-12 16:10:51 -0400

    2020 Ward 2 Special Election June 16

    We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. As you may have heard, Brooke Pinto, has won the Ward 2 DC Council Democratic Primary Election. She will go on to be the Democratic nominee in the General Election this November 3rd, 2020 to hold the Council seat for the next four years. Brooke won our preference poll in May.  We are thrilled that she will represent Ward 2 and be the first woman to serve as the Ward 2 Council member. 

    Brooke previously served as a tax attorney in the Office of the Attorney General and then as the Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs during which time she represented the Council and many of the District agencies as her clients. She wrote important pieces of legislation on issues such as hate crimes, small business protection, and workers rights. Brooke was the only candidate in the race with a comprehensive COVID-19 Recovery Plan. She hopes to get to work right away to help our city recover from this crisis and to ensure that Ward 2 and D.C. are more equitable and just. You can find more information about Brooke's background and platform at https://brookepintoforward2.com/vision/.

    We want to bring to your attention that Brooke is also running in the Ward 2 Special Election on June 16th. This election will determine who will fill the vacant Council seat left by Jack Evans for the remainder of this term until January. All of the other candidates have dropped out or conceded from the Special Election; however, since the ballot has already been finalized, their names are still listed. Regardless of who you voted for in the Primary, it is crucial that we all turn out to vote in the Special Election and support Brooke so that she is able to immediately join the ranks of the other progressive women on the Council and represent Ward 2 during budget negotiations in early July. 

    There are a few ways you can help elect Brooke in the June 16th Special Election: 

    1) Vote! 

    • Some of you may have already received your Special Election mail-in ballot. If so, make sure to return your ballot by June 16th either to a polling location or through the mail. You can check the status of your mail-in ballot here
    • Unfortunately, the deadline to order a mail-in ballot for the Special Election has already passed, but you can still vote safely in person.  Early voting will take place from June 12th through June 15th at Hardy Middle School and One Judiciary Square from 8:30am-7pm. On June 16th, both of the polling locations will be open from 7am-8pm. The same social distancing protocols that were in place for the Primary Election will still be followed. All voters will be required to wear a mask and election workers will stay distanced.

    2) Tell your Ward 2 friends about Brooke

    • If you are not a Ward 2 resident, you can still support Brooke's candidacy by spreading the word about her campaign. Tell your Ward 2 friends about the importance of the Special Election and encourage them to support Brooke. 

    3) Volunteer

    • Brooke's campaign is looking for volunteers to help phone bank and to represent the campaign at the polling locations. If you are interested in volunteering, email Rose Ettleson, Brooke's Field Director, at [email protected].

    If you have any questions or experience any difficulties voting, please reach out to Brooke's campaign at [email protected]

    “When women vote, women win,”
    Anita Shelton, President of DCWIP.   

    Please join us as a member of DC Women in Politics here. 

  • published 2020 Primary Results in Press Room 2020-06-03 18:07:10 -0400

    2020 Primary Results

    DC Women in Politics (DCWIP) congratulates our recommended candidates Brooke Pinto, Ward 2, and Janeese Lewis George, Ward 4! We stand with our next generation of progressive leaders, Brooke Pinto and Janeese Lewis George, who are committed to change. “When women vote, women win,” Anita Shelton, President of DCWIP.    

    We stand with the protestors calling for justice for George Floyd and others subject to police brutality. The cry from George Floyd, "mama, mama" as he took his last breath by the heinous actions of four officers of the Minneapolis Police Department breaks our hearts.

    For women and supporters to hear that call, it was a plea for action against racism and gender disparities. It is time for us to act decisively and reform our police departments into community policing departments. Our country and our city are in mourning and each of us must do our part to affect change. Join with DC Women in Politics to combat and end police brutality, discrimination and gender inequities.

    Please join us as a member of DC Women in Politics here. 

  • published Preference Poll 2020 Results in Press Room 2020-05-04 17:06:33 -0400

    Preference Poll 2020 Results

    WARDS 2, 4, 7, 8 DURING COVID-19 


    WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2020 — A DC Women in Politics (DCWIP) online preference poll shows a majority support District of Columbia City Council candidates Brook Pinto (Ward 2), Janeese Lewis George (Ward 4), Veda Rasheed (Ward 7) and Yaida O. Ford (Ward 8). 


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  • published General Membership in Join 2020-04-29 11:07:59 -0400

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    Join DC Women in Politics

    Please join or renew your membership to support the work of DC Women in Politics (DCWIP). We offer these membership types:

    Membership are charged annually, and the funds are used to organize and host the many events DC Women in Politics sponsors each year. 

    Thank you for your support!


    DC Women in Politics, brings together a diverse group of women representing all wards of the city. Members include women who are interested in running for elected office, as well as those who are dedicated to promoting the election of women to public offices. The coalition's objectives are to:

    • Enhance the skills and sharpen the techniques of women who are interested in running for public office.
    • Galvanize the collective support of women throughout the District to increase the number of women elected to public office.
    • Promote the issues of concern to women, especially those who are voiceless.

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