Lone Star Parity Project is dedicated to sharing the stories of women and femmes in Texas politics with a goal of discovering useful trends and tools that, once utilized, can ensure political parity to the state, across all levels of government.
Our main goals are to share the advice and stories of participants, aggregate and analyze historical election research, compile qualitative attributes, and implement regional specific solutions throughout Texas.
Lone Star Parity Project was a concept crafted by founders Brooke López and Adrianna Maberry, both long-time residents of Texas. After running for city council in North Texas at the age of 18, Brooke López realized that women seeking public office found greater difficulty than their male counterparts. As a candidate, Brooke also realized that there were major components to a race for office that cannot easily be known without firsthand experience. These topics ranged from local organizations to seek endorsements to finding viable campaign managers in the area. This information is essential to competing in a successful or competitive campaign for office, but is only known after running, leaving newcomers and potential first-time candidates at a disadvantage. Brooke began sharing her story of campaigning with others and realized that the "real-life" advice she was able to provide was extremely beneficial to candidates. During her final undergraduate year, Brooke published her senior thesis "Women in Government: Comparison of Local and State Political Candidacy," identifying a major gap in available data beyond statewide candidacies.
As fellow alum from the same alma mater (whoosh), Brooke partnered with data fanatic and GIS-extraordinaire Adrianna Maberry under the Texas Civic Ambassador Program through the Annette Straus Institute for Civic Life. This dynamic duo began combining the value of firsthand experience with the power of research. It is their goal to utilize their specialties to gather a team of influential change makers from across the State of Texas, under the mission of sharing inside tips, tools, and advice with potential female candidates.
The organization maintains two important components: research and features. The research aspect provides a one-stop location for trends and patterns related to women elected to office, as well as works to understand the underlying influences that affect women and femmes in politics. Our 'Features' section brings our research to life by gathering the stories of those who are currently involved within the Texas realm of politics and provides uncanny insight to illustrate the rich fabric of women's experiences. By combining these two facets, the Lone Star Parity Project will have the opportunity to create toolkits for women hoping to seek office from all corners of Texas with specific information catered to their geographic location.