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September 2019

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

Be the Change!  

Join WIRE for our fall event and learn about our work to help women enter appointed and/or elected offices in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

5:30 to 8:00 pm

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

WIRE will host panels of experienced women to discuss:

  • Why they chose to serve on appointed boards and commissions.

  • How they started their campaign to run for local office.

  • Who helped them along the way

  • Where to find resources 

  • Why more women should get in the game

Register here for our event on October 2.

We Want More in 2020!

Undoubtedly, 2018 was a record setting year with 188 women running for elected office in our counties (120 in Santa Clara and 68 in San Mateo). As a result of those women stepping up, we placed a record-breaking number of 108 women in public office. We need your help to ensure that trend to continues and grows.

Want to run for office but don't know how to get started? Know some great women who would be assets to local government boards and commissions? Want to learn more about how to build a political network? It takes a village and we need to start now thinking about 2020 and beyond.

WIRE can help. Learn more.

News Worth Reading . . . In Case You Missed It!

  • Read about Santa Clara Commission Cindy Chavez and 100+ Santa Clara county women gathering to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment while pushing for equality in the 2020 election cycle.

  • The League of Women Voters offers a great 19th Amendment 100th Anniversary toolkit

  • Record numbers of Republican women are running for office this year. Read more.

  • If you want to talk about putting your money where your mouth is, then look no further than the historic 2018 midterm election. Women donated a record amount to political candidates in the most expensive midterm race in history. And there are signs that their political influence is only going to grow. 

  • Annie Lebowitz captured five female presidential candidates in a stunning photograph. Read the discussion about how they are changing all the rules. 

WIRE's Campaign Mentor Program

One of WIRE's signature programs provides mentors to women seeking elected office. In the 2018 cycle, WIRE matched over 20 mentor volunteers with women seeking offices across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Our goal is to double that number for the 2020 cycle.

WIRE Mentors possess skills that can help women candidates run successful campaigns, including expertise in fundraising, campaign planning and strategy, social media and communications. Each mentor works with a candidate to address her specific campaign needs. Mentors and candidates determine how much time is required - it can range from a single meeting to ongoing coaching throughout the campaign. Mentors will help candidates identify and leverage other WIRE resources.

Thinking about seeking office? Want to find out more about getting a WIRE mentor? Or want to get involved by being a mentor? Great!! Contact us:

2020 is a Big Year! Join Us!

We need you! WIRE is seeking volunteers for marketing (small or big jobs like events, newsletters, invitations, social media and more!), technology support (website and data management) and external engagement (community outreach, volunteer recruitment). We need leaders in all these areas for the WIRE Board too. Let us know if you are interested by emailing

No Time to Help? Donate!

WIRE operates on a tiny budget, depending on Board Members and volunteers to deliver the vast majority of our work. But WIRE does need your financial support too. We have a streamlined operation and spend our tiny budget on programs like matching volunteers with women candidates who need their expertise, hosting events, printing, maintaining a website and related necessities. Please consider making a $100 or $50 donation today to help us help as many women candidates as possible.

Donate Now!


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