State legislatures control key issues.
We have harnessed the power of women
to drive change in Pennsylvania since 2013.


 Represent PA is the only organization in Pennsylvania focused on investing in pro-choice Democratic women candidates across the entire commonwealth for both the PA House and Senate.
Our goal is flipping the PA Legislature to Democratic majorities with strong progressive women. Two pieces to this are:
  1. Electing more women to change our political heritage.
  2. Changing Pennsylvania’s legislature to be more responsive to residents’ needs.
Represent PA is unique in Pennsylvania:
  • We only support women candidates with a path to victory.
  • We have a state-wide view – across the commonwealth.
  • We give early money to counteract the establishment view of viability and electability for other than establishment candidates.
With contributions to Represent PA, investments will continue to improve the future of Pennsylvania.


  • Reproductive rights and access
  • Equality and LGBTQ+ rights
  • Public education
  • Economic equality
  • Community health & safety
  • Worker's rights
  • Balancing environmental protection and energy opportunities 
  • Criminal justice reform
We're focused on these issues because the PA legislature hasn't been.
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For women to influence government, we need to elect more women. Here's why:

Reflective Democracy

  • Most voters (51%) are women, who deserve representation from legislators who think like they do.

  • When elected, women can demand the rights and power to have what they need; this means “being in the room”.

  • State legislatures are responsible for laws that govern and impact people’s everyday lives — women’s lives

  • When a legislative body does not look like the people it is intended to represent, its priorities differ from, or even directly contradict, those that the general population cares about

  • Women are underrepresented in political office because gatekeepers tend to pick candidates who look like them. Many examples from the current hierarchy display ignoring strong women candidates because "it is not their turn". 

  • With extra support, when elected, women collaborate and unify constituents 

A Woman’s Agenda

  • Women bring forward the needs and issues of other women – women’s health and access to reproductive health care, including abortion, violence against women and family leave – issues that men don’t even consider issues.

  • Women pursue expanded agendas addressing gender inequality, racial inequality, underrepresented groups; when supported, women move toward diversity and inclusion for those underrepresented groups.

  • Women deliver personal messages that are relevant – jobs, education, healthcare and gun violence – issues that matter to Pennsylvanians.

  • Women focus on issues that need reforming – gender equity, climate change and immigration reform – issues affecting women more than men: 

    • Consider climate change – 80% of people displaced by global warming are women 

    • Three-quarters of immigrants to this country are women 

    • Regarding the economy, women are over-represented in low-wage jobs and still make, on average, 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

Executive Committee

Christine Jacobs, Executive Director

Marie "Muffy" Carroll, Development Director

Meg Pritchard, Political Director

Heidi Siegel, Communication Director

Helen Horstmann-Allen, Finance Director

Tilly Forlack, Operations Manager

Pat West, Executive Board Member

Nancy Lanham, Executive Board Member