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Join WUFPAC for an Evening with Reshma Saujani

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
WUFPAC Presents an evening with
Reshma Saujani
author of
Women Who Don’t Wait In Line
February 18th
Home of John Jameson
President and Founder of Winning Connections
616 North Carolina Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Purchase Your Tickets Here!

Reshma Saujani is the Founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.

In her groundbreaking new book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally.

Reshma’s fearless efforts to run for office and change the perception of female leadership is a true inspiration to WUFPAC and our young female candidates.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for 2014 WUFPAC candidates.

Purchase Your Tickets Here!

*Purchase your ticket by midnight 2/11 and you’ll receive Reshma’s book for FREE*

New WUFPAC Candidate in IA – 1

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Washington, DC – Women Under Forty PAC is proud to announce the endorsement of Anesa Kajtazovic in her race for the open Congressional seat in Iowa’s 1st district.

A native of Bosnia, Kajtazovic escaped the war-torn country at age 10 and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1997. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a double major in Business and Public Administration and in 2010 became the youngest woman elected to the Iowa legislature. Last year, Kajtazovic was a recipient of the 20 Under 40 Award by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and named as a top recruit for the 2013-2014 election cycle by Roll Call in September. If elected, Kajtazovic will become the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“WUFPAC is pleased to endorse yet another outstanding woman for the 2014 election cycle. Anesa’s compelling life story, dedication to her district and forward-thinking principles show she is a proven candidate for Iowa’s 1st district. We look forward to supporting her as she grows in the ranks of public office,” stated WUFPAC President, Kate Farrar.

WUFPAC Endorses Jennifer Black – Election Day Nov. 5th

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Washington, DC – Women Under Forty PAC is proud to endorse Jennifer Black in her race for Loyalsock Township Supervisor (PA).

She won the May Primary to become one of the Democratic nominees for the November 5th election. At 26 years old, Jennifer is seeking to contribute her fresh ideas to her community. She is the only female in the race and the only candidate under the age of 50. As township supervisor, one of her goals is to use social media to engage citizens in the community. She has already served as Loyalsock Township Auditor for a two year term.

Learn more about Jennifer on her website and follow her election results on November 5th!

WUFPAC Announces First Endorsements of 2014 Cycle

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Washington, DC — Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) announced its first slate of 2014 endorsements today which included four women running for the U.S. House of Representatives and two for local city councils. They are: Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13th), U.S. House; Shaughnessy Naughton (PA-08), U.S. House; Jessica James (AL-01), U.S. House; Meshea Poore, (WV-02), U.S. House; Lakeshia Dotson, Mobile City Council; and Brianne K. Nadeau, Ward 1, DC Council. Two candidates are women of color.

“WUFPAC is thrilled to hit the ground running early for 2014 by endorsing these six phenomenal women candidates,” WUFPAC President Kate Farrar said.  “Women still remain highly underrepresented in elected office. WUFPAC strives to build that pipeline by supporting young women who are just getting started in their political careers. We are proud to be the only Political Action Committee to offer this critical early support.”

Previously endorsed WUFPAC candidate Jessica Ehrlich is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Young – a 42-year incumbent, for a second time. An attorney and St. Petersburg native, Ehrlich has served in a staff capacity to both a Republican and Democrat Member of Congress in Washington, before returning home to Florida.  She is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and is deeply committed to “fulfilling her father’s legacy of service to her local community.” To learn more about Ehrlich, please visit:

Shaughnessy Naughton is a scientist, entrepreneur and business leader who was born and raised in Bucks County, PA.  After obtaining a chemistry degree at Bryn Mawr College, Naughton worked as a breast cancer and infectious disease researcher before returning home to run her family’s publishing business through tough times.  Ten years later she now owns and manages all of the publishing company’s operations. Naughton is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in this “swing” suburban district. To learn more about her campaign, please visit:

Jessica James is the only woman under 40 running in an eight-way primary for the open Congressional seat in Alabama’s 1st district. James is a realtor, media strategist and writer. She previously ran for the Tuscaloosa City Council in 2005 and has served as the Coordinator of the U.S. Highway 43 Wastewater Initiative for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Since July 2010, James has been the Mobile County Commission’s Liaison in the BP/MC252 Oil Spill clean-up efforts. To learn more about James, please visit:

Running in the open seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Meshea Poore is an attorney and has previously worked for U.S. Rep. James Clyburn and the Obama Campaign for Change. Poore has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates since 2010 where she has a proven track record of growing our economy, creating jobs and advancing education.  For more information, please visit:

Community volunteer and former HR generalist at Sara Lee Food and Bakery, Lakeshia Dotson is taking her second run for a seat on the Mobile, Alabama City Council. Dotson currently serves on the Mobile Arts Council board and is a member of the Mobile Auburn Club and the Thomas Sullivan Community Center.  If elected, Dotson would prioritize public safety, improving infrastructure and helping small businesses.  For more information on Dotson, visit:

Brianne K. Nadeau, a DC Democratic Party leader and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, is challenging Washington, DC Councilmember Jim Graham. An 11-year DC resident, Nadeau was elected vice chairperson of the Ward 1 Democrats in 2012 and dedicated herself to expanding the base of registered Democrats in the ward to engage voters on local issues and advance the cause of full representation for the District. For more information about Nadeau, please visit:

WUFPAC 113th Welcome Reception Fundraiser (Feb. 26th)

Friday, February 1st, 2013

113th WUFPAC Welcome Reception Fundraiser Invite


*Contributions will be accepted at the event*

Check donations can be sent:


303 17th Street, SE

Washington, D.C. 20003

WUFPAC “EIGHT” Poised for Victory, Tonight!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Tonight, across the country eight WUFPAC candidates are on the cusp of victory. From South Dakota to New York, four Republicans and four Democrats, all amazing candidates, will be elected by the great people of their congressional districts to represent them in Washington. It will be a momentous evening and we know you will be cheering on the WUFPAC “EIGHT” all the way to victory!

“I can’t wait to see all of these phenomenal women serving together in the United States House of Representatives, diverse in the districts they will represent and from both sides of the aisle, they will be strong, forceal voices in our nation’s capital,” stated Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg, WUFPAC President, “I am confident they will become strong leaders within their party and outstanding role-models for the next crop of young, women candidates, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a robust group of WUFPAC candidates for the 2012 cycle.”

We are proud to support the following women candidates for congress:

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3rd)
Congresswoman Kristi Noem (SD-At-Large)
Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-2nd)
Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13th)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2nd)
Mia Love (UT-4th)
Grace Meng (NY-6th)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9th)

Show your support for the WUFPAC “EIGHT” and the many more future young, women leaders, by making a financial contribution to WUFPAC, today! DONATE TODAY!

Three WUFPAC Candidates Highlighted in “Spike the Watercooler”

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Former President and current Chair of the Board, Jessica Grounds, highlighted three of WUFPAC’s endorsed candidates: Mia Love (R-UT) , Grace Meng (D-NY), and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) in an article for Spike the Watercooler.

WUFPAC has endorsed eight candidates in November’s upcoming election, to learn more about our endorsed candidates  visit our website here. 

Eight WUFPAC Candidates on Ballots Across the Country

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Hot off the win by former State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) in Arizona’s congressional primary, WUFPAC has eight endorsed candidates advancing to November. Staying true to WUFPAC’s mission of helping electing young women leaders of both parties, the eight candidates are evenly divided between the Republican and Democratic parties:

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3rd)

Congresswoman Kristi Noem (SD-At-Large)

Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-2nd)

Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13th)

Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2nd)

Mia Love (UT-4th)

Grace Meng (NY-6th)

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9th)

“It is with much excitement that we congratulate Kyrsten Sinema on her win yesterday in a competitive three-way primary. She joins a strong group of WUFPAC victors and what we hope will be the largest class of women under forty ever elected come November,” stated WUFPAC President Katie Vlietstra, “Please join me in supporting these eight women as they march towards a resounding November victory!”

Please support WUFPAC by making a donation in support of our EIGHT Congressional candidates today!

Statement: 7 WUFPAC Candidates Advance to November

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

WASHINGTON- WUFPAC is pleased to announce that seven endorsed candidates are headed to November, one outstanding primary remains.

“The WUFPAC Board of Directors is very pleased that seven of our endorsed candidates have successfully advanced to November.  They include three incumbents, Representatives Herrera-Beutler (WA-3rd), Noem (SD-At-Large), and Roby (AL-2nd), and four candidates, Ehrlich (FL-13th), Gabbard (HI-2nd), Love (UT-4th), and Meng (NY-6th).  To date, we have one outstanding primary, Sinema (AZ-9th) scheduled for August 28th,” stated WUFPAC President Katie Vlietstra, “In total, we have endorsed a combined 13 incumbents and candidates, we are immensely pleased with the whole slate of candidates and believe that the seven are poised for victory in November.”

WUFPAC Endorses Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13th) and Grace Meng (NY-6th)

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Today, Women under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) announced its endorsement of two candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13th) and Grace Meng (NY-6th); both have successfully advanced to the general election.

Ehrlich, competing to unseat Rep. Bill Young in November, is a St. Petersburg native.  An attorney, Jessica has served in a staff capacity to both a Republican and Democrat Representative in Washington, before returning home to Florida.  Jessica is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and is deeply committed to “fulfilling her father’s legacy of service to her local community.”

To learn more about Jessica, please visit her campaign website:

Meng, a current two-term New York State Assemblywoman, is on track to become the first Taiwanese American to serve in the Unites States Congress.  Grace has served in the Assembly since 2008, representing the same district her father had previously.  She is an active and thoughtful leader in her community and take great pride in being a wife and mother, emphasizing the need for access to good schools, childcare, and financial security for all families.

You can learn more about Grace, by visiting her website:

“WUFPAC is pleased to support two MORE phenomenal women running for Congress.  The 2012 cycle has proven promising in our efforts to elect more young women leaders and we believe in Jessica and Grace.  Two accomplished, dedicated, and passionate women, committed to improving the lives around them and representing their constituents in Washington,” stated WUFPAC President, Katie Vlietstra.

To date, WUFPAC has endorsed thirteen candidates for the 2012 cycle, to learn more about our endorsed candidates please visit our website:

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