2018 year in review
The election of President Donald Trump in 2016 rattled American progressives. It also served as a rallying cry to thousands of Americans who decided to get off the sidelines.
We started Project 100 because we were tired of the slow pace of change and widespread acceptance of barriers that have kept women and minorities from serving in political offices. We want our government to look--well, more like us--and like America which is comprised of 51% women and is nearly 40% non-white. Our founding team, volunteers and community is comprised of both men and women from all over the country and all walks of life, working together to elect more progressive women.
Our pilot technology platform focused on addressing two needs: connecting the public with progressive women candidates, and enabling candidates to gain the kinds of support they need to win. Our platform uses geolocation, tailored filtering based on interests, and a trending algorithm to identify promising challenger candidates pulling ahead. We drive users to support candidates by donating, following candidates on social media, and volunteering.
We launched with a goal of achieving 100 progressive women in Congress by the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in 2020, which would amount to a 22-seat gain over two election cycles. When we first announced this goal, we were told it was impossible, but Americans have proven that it’s not.
In 2018, 100 Project 100 candidates were elected to Congress, for a total of 106 progressive women in Congress overall - a historic high.
Please read the brief report that follows to learn more about what we achieved in 2018 and how Project 100 candidates made history. Though remarkable, this is still just a start, and we look forward to continuing toward our ultimate goal: 100% parity.
Yours in solidarity,
Danielle Gram, Isabel Kaplan, Eduardo Ortiz, and Victor Garcia
Co-founders of Project 100