Introducing our first, biennial State of the Texas Woman, providing a comprehensive view of women and femmes in the Texas political sphere following the 2018 Midterm election. Inside the report lies unprecedented data that no other entity has ever aggregated. We have calculated "parity" down to county-level seats.
View our report below or download the report here.
An excerpt from the report: "Nearly two decades after the first-coined “Year of the Woman” in 1992, 2018 brought the largest surge of women and femme candidates than ever before. 2018 marked the dawn of a new era for women in politics - particularly in Texas. The Lone Star state was among many states to reach an insurmountable level of “firsts” during the most recent election cycle. The 2018 midterm election was guided by a new, non-partisan approach from voters in Texas that promoted the growth of democracy. Over fifteen million Texans were registered to vote for the election this past November 6th - the most registered voters that the state has ever seen. Texans elected their first Latinas to Congress: Congresswomen Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia. The first same-spouse couple entered the Texas Legislative Ladies club after the election of State Representative Julie Johnson. The Texas Legislature formed its first LGBT Caucus, dedicated to active representation of the LGBT community in the policy making process. There were nine state- and federal-level seats that witnessed head-to-head women campaigns, giving each seat a 100% chance of a woman being elected. Harris County received national attention after the election of nineteen African-American women judges, creating a phenomenal, history-making bench. Finally, Texas became the new unofficial swing state of the country, bringing Texas politics into a new, nationwide scope"
Lone Star Parity Project is pleased to announce our collaboration with Women Campaign, a non-partisan group with the goal of training, encouraging and supporting women who are interested in politics, including running for elected office.
What is Women Campaign?
Women Campaign was created to provide training and encouragement for women to be more effective in politics, especially when running for office. Our goal is to provide women with a supportive community of other politically active women and teach the skills needed to start their campaigns, whether they are running for school board or congress.
Learn more about Women Campaign below:
Lone Star Parity Project is pleased to announce our collaboration with She Should Run, a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for office.
What is She Should Run?
She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for office. We are driven by a vision of seeing 250,000 women run for office by 2030. She Should Run programs provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities. We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership.
Learn more about She Should Run below:
We love to celebrate the accomplishments of our LSPP team members--especially when that includes graduating from a higher education program! This semester, we had three team members graduate from their respective programs. Help us in conGRADulating them as they enter their next chapter of life.
Olivia graduated with a Bachelors in Urban & Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. She is moving to Fort Worth to pursue a position that works with local government development in the area. Olivia is a Research Assistant for Lone Star Parity Project.
Rachel Herrera graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University. She is currently working full-time at a brain injury rehabilitation center in Fort Worth. Rachel is the Feature Editor for Lone Star Parity Project.
Katie Hicken graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the University of Texas at Tyler. She recently started a job at a law firm in Dallas. Katie also has plans to one day receive a Master in Public Administration and attend law school. Katie is a Contributor, covering East Texas and North Texas, for Lone Star Parity Project.
Lone Star Parity Project is pleased to announce our partnership with Moms Running, a champion of redefining motherhood in politics.
What is Moms Running?
Moms Running is a champion of redefining motherhood in politics. We foster an educational and empowering community of moms seeking entry into the political arena. We are dedicated to increasing the political engagement of moms at every level of the political landscape, from campaign staff to Congressional candidate. Moms Running is reframing the conversation surrounding motherhood and constructing a variety of resources for moms to both internalize and externalize their own motherhood as an asset when running for office. We pull from the heroes of the past to help lift up the everyday heroes who will lead us in the future.
Founded by two former mom-candidates, Danielle Davies and Rielly Karsh, Moms Running provides free resources as well as multiple skill level trainings both online and in person, and one-on-one coaching opportunities. The trainings offered by Moms Running differ from and enhance other well-known political trainings. While other trainings focus on the nuts and bolts of a campaign, ours focuses first on translating motherhood-oriented skills to the political playing field, giving you the confidence and skills to hit the ground running, even if you're pushing a stroller.
Learn more about Moms Running below:
We are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Jindal OutREACH program at the University of Texas at Dallas through their Jindal School of Management. Jindal OutREACH is a volunteer program that places current students at UT Dallas with local non-profits in North Texas to provide services as a requirement of their degree.
Meet our JindalOutREACH volunteers for Spring & Fall 2019:
Lone Star Parity Project is pleased to announce our partnership with Chicas de Chuco, a local organization that works to provide El Paso women with resources/opportunities to help them become effective leaders.
What is Chicas de Chuco?
Chicas De Chuco is an online, social media based organization that is committed to providing resources for El Paso women interested in careers in politics. We strive to uplift El Paso women with the intention of helping them become effective agents of change in the community, state, and in the nation. It is through our platform that we hope to shed light on volunteer opportunities, job opportunities, internships, and other experiences available for women in the community to partake in.
Learn more about Chicas de Chuco below:
Lone Star Parity Project is officially on AmazonSmile. If you have an Amazon account, select Lone Star Parity Project as your chosen charity. With your help, .5% of your transactions will be donated to our organization at no cost to you! Signing up for AmazonSmile does not increase the cost of your items - it simply adds to the amount you donate annually.
How to Select "Lone Star Parity Project" as your charity for AmazonSmile
1. Sign into Amazon
2. Visit your settings and select "Amazon Smile"
3. Search for "Lone Star Parity Project" in the Select Your Charity box
Or follow this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-1288107
One of our Founders, Brooke López, was featured on How She Got Here podcast where she discussed her passion for Texas politics and the importance of active representation in elected office. Check out the podcast here.
How She Got Here is a podcast sharing conversations with everyday extraordinary women, hosted by Susan Byrnes Long. We featured Susan this past year for her dedication to women in leadership. Read her feature here.