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Dec 3 2012
The election "Year of the Woman" showed mixed results for female candidates in Nevada.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., didn't get to join the record number of women in the U.S. Senate - 20, or one fifth of the body - after losing to U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Nov. 6. She would have been Nevada's first female senator since the state's birth in 1864.
On the other hand, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., did return to Congress to become part of the largest female class in the House of Representatives, or 78 out of 435 members. Titus lost in 2010, but this year won Berkley's House seat for a political comeback.
In all, the 113th U.S. Congress will have a record 98 women, or 18.3 percent of its 535 members.
Sounds good, right? Except women are about half the population, said Erin Bilbray-Kohn, a Democratic National Committeewoman from Nevada who said that doesn't sound like representative government to her.
Aug 20 2012

The first thing you notice about her is her smile. It’s a big smile – really big - warm and inviting. Behind the smile are twinkling brown eyes belonging to a mom, educator, music lover, amateur chef and fashionista with a flair for style.  And tattooed on the inside of her right wrist are the numbers “365”, forever immortalizing the number of electoral votes Barack Obama received in 2008. Meet Zakeisha Steele Jones, whose quiet work behind the scenes is changing the face of our communities. 

Jun 19 2012
Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
HENDERSON (KSNV MyNews3) -- First Lady Michelle Obama wrapped up her speech to the president's supporters in Henderson a little past 5 p.m. Michelle Obama covered a lot of ground and ended with a call to action.
She spoke to campaign supporters at the Henderson Convention Center, arriving there a little behind schedule.
This visit to the Las Vegas valley -- her third this year -- is part of a campaign visit for her husband.
Jan 12 2012
January 12, 2012
For the past five years, Emerge Nevada has trained Democratic women in Nevada who are interested in political leadership. The program boasts 13 alumni who have been elected to office following their time with Emerge.
Emerge Nevada Executive Director Erin Bilbray-Kohn founded the program to educate and motivate more Democratic women to run for public office.
“We still are lacking equal representation of women in politics in the United States,” she said.
Nov 10 2011

Don’t Get Mad – Get Elected. That was the theme for today’s initial meeting of The 2012 Project Nevada. Former Assemblywoman Valerie Weber opened the planning meeting today at the UNLV Student Union addressing nearly thirty men and women saying that the project seeks women eager to serve the public.

Jun 24 2010

Erin Bilbray-Kohn is working to create what she calls a “good ol’ girls club” in Nevada politics. As the executive director of Emerge Nevada, a program founded in 2006 to recruit and train Democratic women to run for local, state and federal offices, she’s off to an impressive start. Earlier this month, 12 Emerge graduates won in the primary election.

“We always talk about Nevada having its good ol’ boys club,” Bilbray-Kohn says. “We’ve got our good ol’ girls club, but they’re all such fabulous, fine women that are really trying to create progressive change for the state.”

Jul 18 2008

So where are the other female politicians who should be looking to shatter it? Here's the real reason efforts to get women to run in greater numbers have largely failed—until now. Around a table at Phoenix hot spot Switch, a half dozen mostly young women had gathered for a strategy session of Emerge Arizona, the four-year-old political leadership training group that works to elect Democratic women to political office.

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Oct 17 2012
Volume 1, Issue 1
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