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Andrea Dew Steele
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Andrea Dew Steele is the Founder and President of Emerge America. Andrea is passionate about electing Democratic women to office at every level and is motivated by a life-long commitment to progressive politics and change. She believes strongly that electing more women is a critical part of the progressive solution. Andrea served for 8+ years as Political and Philanthropic Advisor to Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of Esprit Clothing and Democratic activist and philanthropist. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Andrea worked for many years in Washington D.C. as a policy analyst on Capitol Hill and fundraiser for Democratic candidates and committees. Andrea holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University and a M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics.

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America Has an Answer to Trump's Sexism. Her Name is Hillary.

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 3:52 PM


Over the weekend, the New York Times came out with an astonishing piece on Trump's lifelong objectification of women. For decades, women who interacted with him either personally or professionally have endured varying levels of his chauvinism, be it...

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Don't Break Out the Champagne, Democrats Still Have a Lot of Work to do

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 2:11 PM

Recently, I sat down with a reporter friend of mine and he asked me if I was ecstatic about the election. "Why would I be ecstatic?" I asked him.

"Because the Republican party seems to be in full revolt. If Trump is the nominee, which he likely will be,...

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Understanding the Progress We've Made and Recognizing the Work Still Left to Do

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 2:08 AM

It's Women's History Month, the perfect time to reflect on the sacrifices of the countless women who came before us, celebrate the triumphs and achievements we've had, and recognize what we need to do to continue down the path to progress. What a year this could be for women. Over...

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Why Hillary Clinton Has the Best Track Record on Women's Issues

(148) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 7:04 PM

"Women's rights are human rights." This simple sentence declared by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 resonated around the world. Millions of women heard this as a declaration that they mattered, that their daughters mattered. The issue of women's rights and...

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Tipping the Scales of Justice: Why Don't We See More Women in Law Enforcement?

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 11:09 PM

If you have ever spent five minutes in a room with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, you would agree with me that she is a natural leader. I felt that way when I first met her in 2000 and soon began encouraging her to run for public office. She had...

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From Changing Diapers to Changing Policies

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Recently, during a trip to Boston, I invited Emerge Massachusetts alumna and Boston City Councilwoman Michelle Wu to lunch. I was excited to meet her because I knew that her race and win were "historic"--Michelle was the youngest woman elected to the Boston City Council at 28 years...

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Next Time, Hillary, Issue a Call to Action

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 7:05 PM

Last week, I attended the Watermark Conference with Hillary Clinton in Silicon Valley. I, like most of the 5,000 women in attendance, was filled with pent-up excitement about the prospect of Hillary running for president again in 2016. The feeling in the air was feverish and Hillary was greeted with...

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For Democrats in 2016: The Backbench May Be the Answer

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 9:55 AM

You've heard the arguments: If Democrats want to turn their 2014 losses into 2016 wins, they need to get their base voting next time, they need to stay on message, they need to support their president, etc. The list is endless. After all, as the pundits say, it was the...

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Lessons From the Coakley Loss

(15) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:17 PM

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the Coakley loss last night.

First, hello Democrats and progressives! When are you going to start investing in the pipeline?? Candidate recruitment and training should be priority for our state and national party leaders -- not an afterthought. Go...

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Can You Imagine Speaker Nancy Pelosi Leaving Her Family on Mother's Day for a Tryst in Argentina?

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 12:55 PM

We have become used to seeing the headlines. Yet another male politician holds a press conference to apologize to everyone imaginable for his indiscretions. Yesterday's press conference featuring Govenor Mark Sanford was just the latest in a series of similar events that span both political parties.


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