A NOTE FROM REP. CHRISTINE GREIG
I began the Greig Women in Leadership Fund with a vision of empowering progressive female candidates to run for office—and making sure they had the support they needed to win. With your help, we provided financial backing, connections to donors, and mentorship that prepared our candidates for the tough challenges they faced in the midterms. When election day finally came, we put motivated, progressive women into seats in state races all across Michigan. Because of your support, more women than ever before are currently serving in the Michigan House, and we are just four seats away from a majority. We also gained seven women State Senators and positioned many women to be elected to caucus leadership positions, including the House Democratic Leader. I am honored to serve in this important role, leading our caucus of 52 talented democratic House members. 2018 truly was the “Year of the Woman” for Michigan candidates.
Most importantly, we proved that voters statewide want the future our candidates campaigned on. We believe that the opportunity to lead brings out the best in all of us, and we learned that Michiganders will stand with us in electing progressive female candidates who are committed to putting our communities first. Since our fund’s launch in 2016, we’ve worked with women in a variety of races, but the 2018 election was a turning point. We know for sure that with the right support, we can be a powerful force for change in Lansing and throughout our state. We can defeat difficult opponents and win tight races. We received a vote of confidence in 2018, now we need to carry that enthusiasm with us into 2020.
With your help, we can flip the State House and increase our power to move democratic initiatives and policies forward in Michigan. It won’t be easy, but if we work together, we can win. Can we count on your support?
The women in our community are noteworthy. They are leaders, they are fighters, and they are advocates. Now it’s your turn to advocate for them. It’s a fact that women in office get more done: they sponsor more bills, pass more laws, and send more money back to their districts than their male counterparts. But even though women make up half the population, only 24% hold offices in Michigan. For many, it’s because they simply don’t have the financial and mentorship support they need to run. The Women in Leadership Fund is setting out to change that. With your help, we can provide women with the support they need to get elected to offices in Michigan. These are women who will lead insightful policy, fight for the issues you care about, and advocate for your rights. The time to act is now. Join us today.