In just eight years, Ruth’s List has helped 50+ pro-choice Democratic women win.
Inspired and supported by EMILY’s List and top Democratic women leaders in Florida, Ruth’s List was founded in April 2008.
We are dedicated to building a progressive Florida by recruiting Democratic women and helping them win elections to key state and local positions around Florida.
We accomplish this with training, campaign assistance, fundraising, and a network of members giving their skills, time, and finances to help women win.
And we have a winning record:
- In 2010, every one of our endorsed candidates won her primary.
- In 2011, we endorsed and helped elect three Tampa City Councilwomen, taking back two seats held by Republicans.
- In 2012, Ruth’s List retained our incumbent, progressive, Democratic women in the Legislature and won 5 new seats for a total of 20 victories in 3 years
- In 2013, we won four out of four races: three city council races and a special election turning a State House seat blue.
- In the past 12 months, Ruth's List has added another 15 victories, including a hard fought Miami-Dade County Commission race that was held by a Republican incumbent, two Sarasota City Commission races in which Ruth's List women beat Republican incumbents and we helped turn a Jacksonville City Council seat blue after 8 years of Republican leadership.
In the 8 years that Ruth's List has been working, we have helped elect more than 50 women to office, raised more than $1,000,000 for our endorsed candidates, and trained more than 500 women to run for office in Florida.
Ruth's List also supported Fair Districts Florida, which worked to put two constitutional amendments on the ballot in November 2010 to end gerrymandering. These amendments - #5 for the legislature and #6 for the U. S. Congress - require district boundaries to be drawn fairly, instead of favoring one party over another.
Ruth's List is a leader in the effort to bring standards and balance to this critical process. In 2012, we witnessed the benefit of this extraordinary effort: many more State House districts are competitive now than in the past. These new districts made it possible to break the Republican super majority for the 2013 legislative session.
Our next goal is to reach 40%+1 in the state house or senate -- and stop the legislature from putting frivolous and dangerous amendments on the ballot.