Though RightNOW Women PAC was launched in 2014, many of those involved in the PAC first got together in the 1990’s to engage more young women in politics. After the 2012 presidential election, in which Republicans struggled with the women's vote (particularly unmarried women under 30 who favored President Obama by 18 percent), the challenge before us became clear: To win more elections in 2014 and beyond, we would need to increase our efforts to mobilize young female voters to support center-right candidates and causes.
One of the ways to address the disconnect between the Republican Party and female voters is to increase the number of Republican women holding elected office. Currently, Republican women only hold 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (a 25-year low) and 8 seats in the U.S. Senate. By comparison, Democratic women hold 89 seats in the House and 17 in the Senate. Republicans have never had more than 25 women serving in the House (a record set in 2006). We can and must do better by ensuring that Republican women candidates have the early resources and support they need to make it across the finish line.
To accomplish this mission, RightNOW Women PAC was established to:
- Support and endorse qualified, viable Republican female candidates for federal office. We will communicate our endorsements and seek critical resources for women selected by RightNOW Women PAC who are running for elected office.
- Expand our membership throughout the United States and build our network. There will be two levels of participation: a founder level focused on younger women and an advisory level.
- Inform our membership and others about key issues and encourage young Republican female leaders to participate in the public policy arena and consider running for office.
- Mobilize members to vote on Election Day for our candidates and encourage them to persuade their friends and neighbors to do the same. We will accomplish these goals through a rigorous and targeted social media effort.