We Help Working Women Win
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“I am so honored to have the support of the first ever organization geared towards elevating working-class women to office. The House of Representatives is supposed to be the House of the people but 40% of those elected are millionaires. If we ever want a government that reflects America we need more working-class women in office and I am determined to bring authentic, reflective representation to Congress.”
I am inspired by Matriarch's mission of electing strong, working, progressive women to lead in Congress. As a first-time candidate and woman of color who is pushing for policies to ensure everyone has healthcare, housing, and jobs that pay enough to live, I strongly believe in their mission and am thrilled to have their endorsement.
We give progressive working women the backing they need to run and win.
Working women often lack the funding and connections needed to run for office, but are the best fighters for their communities. Working women are on the front lines of injustice in America and deserve to be part of policy making.
If we want a government that takes inequality seriously, we need leaders who know what it’s like to try to make a living while wages fall, job security disappears, healthcare costs rise, and organized labor weakens under attack.
If we want a government that fights for women, people of color, and immigrants, we need to make sure our leaders look like us.
Now more than ever, we need strong, progressive working women at the helm of government. Over half of Congress members are millionaires, and just 23.7 percent are women, only 22 percent are people of color, and a mere 8.7 percent are women of color. It’s no surprise the policies coming out of Washington benefit wealthy men most.
Domestic workers. Teachers. Home health aides. Food-service workers. No one knows better what it feels like to work for less than $15 an hour. What it means to have no healthcare. What it tastes like when your tap water runs brown. No one knows better the human cost of gun violence, police brutality, and family separation.
For too long, establishment-aligned organizations have decided whether to support a candidate based on the candidates’ early fundraising numbers. By using bank accounts to measure viability, these organizations often provide critical early funding to independently wealthy candidates and candidates who have access to financial resources. These organizations have trapped themselves in a cycle where wealth determines viability, and viability leads to more funding.
Many institutions that support candidates set early and unreasonable fundraising markers to determine a candidate's viability — not whether the candidate is connected to their community, has ideas that will empower everyday people, or has grassroots support.
For working-class candidates, raising huge sums of money in a short amount of time — while also working one or more jobs — is often unthinkable. And for working women who often bear the brunt of household duties and childcare as well, finding the time to campaign is nearly impossible. These are the candidates who need and deserve early assistance and infrastructure support, because they are personally connected to the issues they are fighting for.
That’s where Matriarch comes in.
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Nominations for 2020 Congressional candidates closed December 1, 2019.
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Matriarch aims to increase the number of progressive working women in office by endorsing and providing financial and infrastructure support to women without independent wealth and institutional connections or support.
Matriarch endorses working women based on the following qualifications:
Little/no personal wealth or access to wealth
Platform focused on income inequality, economic, racial, labor, social and environmental justice
Working background, which we believe offers a more diverse field of candidates
Community support; experience; connection to issues; motivation for running
If we want our government to start paying attention to working women, we need to change the face and control of government. And that starts by helping working women win - because when you elect working women to office, they fight for economic justice.
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