Kansans Advancing Women is a bi-partisan Political Action Committee dedicated to electing women to public office.
Kansas has a long tradition of being a national leader in electing women to office. Kansans have been electing women to public office since before women gained the national right to vote. In 1887, Kansans elected the first woman to political office in American history when it elected Susanna Salter as Mayor of Argonia. In 1996, women held both of Kansas’s U.S. Senate seats. Furthering this tradition, Kansans have elected two women governors and women to many statewide offices, including Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Secretary of State, and Treasurer.
This proud Kansas heritage has eroded in recent years—the number of women legislators dipped to the lowest since 1988. KAW was formed to restore this tradition and raise the next generation of Kansas women public office holders. Following the 2016 election, Kansas added eight women to the legislature including 14 in the House and two in the Senate who were endorsed by KAW.
KAW recruits, campaigns for, and provides funding to progressive women candidates running for all levels of elected office in Kansas.
KAW will place more women in office by:
- Recruiting women to run for office;
- Training women to run for office; and
- Supporting women candidates financially
Erin Thompson, Chairperson, email
Rebekah Gaston, Vice-Chairperson, email
Hilary Gee, Treasurer, email
Chelsi Hayden, Member at Large
Suzanne Wilke, Secretary
Elina Alterman, Board Member
Ashley Bieck, Board Member
Dorothy Hughes, Board Member
Jessica Lucas, Board Member