The purpose of Carol’s List PAC is to recruit, train, elect, and otherwise support progressive pro-choice Democratic women to elected office, in order to increase power for women within the political arena.
We believe that: in order to have a truly representative democracy, at least 50% of our elected leaders should be women. With targeted recruitment, excellent support and training, and help with fundraising women will gain equal representation in the Montana Legislature. When strong female candidates are on the ballot, women will turn out to vote in record numbers. Women’s voices matter. The influence of women office holders leads to the adoption of progressive policies which benefit our entire community.
Carol’s List was formed by a group of current and former women legislators, who saw the need for an organization solely dedicated to electing more Democratic women in Montana. Women too often were not asked to run for office and were not supported when they did step forward. Fewer than 1 in 4 legislators were women, with no clear pattern of rising numbers.
Carol’s List realized that without targeted recruiting and support of women candidates, women would never be fully represented in our democracy. Women are more likely to view themselves as unqualified for elected office, even when they have similar leadership abilities to their male peers. They are also less likely to be asked to run. Carol’s List is not only asking, we are providing resources and support to help women win. And nothing energizes women voters more than women candidates who speak directly to the issues they care about. Issues like access to healthcare, affordable education, and ensuring women are paid the same as men for the same work.
Originally named the Montana Majority PAC, Carol’s List was built on the foundational work of the Montana Pipeline Project from 2005 - 2010. In honor of our founding co-chairs, Carol Williams and Carol Juneau, we renamed ourselves Carol’s List.
We are a board of firsts. Our president, Carol Williams, was elected by her peers as the first woman Senate Minority Leader in Montana. Founding members Christine Kaufmann and Diane Sands were the first openly lesbian Senator and Representative, respectively. Board member Denise Juneau is the first Native American woman ever elected to a statewide office in the United States. Founding co-chair, Carol Juneau, carried the bill making Montana the first state to implement Indian Education for All. Our legislature needs to look like all Montanans in order to truly represent all Montanans.
Modeled after EMILY’s List, we are a lean, effective organization with low overhead. We spread the word far and wide about our endorsed candidates and ask our supporters across the state to contribute directly to their campaigns. We target our resources in races where we can make a difference.
We hope you will join us in our efforts to elect more women to leadership positions in Montana.