Hillary Clinton said that "it takes a village," and she was right. "None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community, or lift a country totally alone."
I've seen what a village, a community, and a movement can do, one action at a time. And I've seen how women can help women -- especially when we run for office.
I sure remember what it was like running for the Senate as a first-time candidate in 2011. I had to learn everything it took to raise money, build a grassroots organizing operation, and stand up to a Republican incumbent with $10 million in the bank -- and I had to do it fast.
And here's what I know: I absolutely, positively couldn't have done it on my own.
So when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee told me they wanted a strong launch of the Women's Senate Network for the 2018 cycle, to help women run and make sure more voices like mine and Hillary's are in the Senate, I immediately told them:
I'm all in.
Today, I'm asking you to join me in becoming a 2018 founding member of the DSCC Women's Senate Network. Because you were there for Hillary, I'm hoping you'll add your name to help us build a community to support women who run for office.
Now let me be blunt: 2018 is going to be a hard year for Democrats. We've got 10 women who are up for reelection to the Senate, including me -- more than ever before in history. And many are in some really tough races.
That's why the DSCC's Women's Senate Network is ramping up its 2018 efforts early to elect and protect smart, tough, and experienced candidates to fight for what's right -- senators who understand that being a woman is not a pre-existing condition, that we deserve equal pay for equal work, and that we sure as heck need Planned Parenthood and affordable health care for hardworking families.
Let's continue our fight and get more women in leadership in this country.
I'm counting on you to keep fighting for what we all started: become a 2018 founding member of the DSCC Women's Senate Network today. You'll even get your very own "Nevertheless, She Persisted" sticker when you do!
Every minute counts to get a campaign off the ground. It mattered the most when the DSCC helped launch my Senate campaign, and when they were there for Hillary when she launched her Senate career 17 years ago.
And with your help, we can be there for the women who need help defending their seats now and for the next generation of women candidates ready to move into leadership. Early help makes all the difference.
Thank you for owning a piece of this.