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2023 Impact Report

In 2023, our 25 state and local partners trained more than 13,000 women to run for office and since 2020, more than 78,000 women have been trained by our partners. We're committed to building the bench every year, because there are no off years on the road to gender parity.

2023 State Pilot Report

In 2021, The Ascend Fund launched a three-state pilot to increase the number of women serving in Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington legislatures. This effort was specifically intended to help the fund understand how to propel more women into leadership positions.

2022 Impact Report

Women’s representation in state legislatures increased only slightly in 2022, from 31.1% to 32.7%. However, starting in 2021 Ascend has been making investments in three pilot states, two of which—Michigan and Washington—held elections in 2022 and saw a record number of women elected to office.

Parity Postponed: an analysis of women’s representation and the 2022 election

The 2022 election cycle reminds us that progress towards gender parity in politics is neither linear nor guaranteed, but we need to keep working to remove systemic barriers in order to move forward.

Gender Equality in U.S. Politics

The Ascend Fund accelerates the pace of change toward gender equality in U.S. politics. Ascend pools philanthropic capital and supports nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that prepare women to run for office and work to break down the barriers preventing women from running and getting elected.

Progress During a Pandemic: 2020 Annual Report

Our commitment to build a pathway for more women to run for office and to remove the barriers that stand in the way of their winning was tested by the pandemic, but our model proved strong in positioning our partners for success.

2021 Impact Report

To accelerate the pace of change towards gender parity in U.S. politics, The Ascend Fund has invested more than $6.5 million, including $1.6 million in 2021, in nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations working to break down barriers ensuring more diverse women can run for office and win.


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