About HWF


Hoosier Women Forward is a political and civic leadership training program designed to empower Democratic women to become more active participants in politics and leaders in their communities.


To increase the number of Democratic women in elected and appointed government office and in positions of influence in the community and private sector. 


  • Empower Democratic women to become more active, confident and valuable participants in politics and community leadership;
  • Grow a powerful network of engaged Democratic women across Indiana;
  • Develop Democratic women to run for office at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Increase the number of Hoosier Democratic women of influence in every level of government, and in seats at the tables where decisions are made.


Each year, a group of outstanding Democratic women will be selected through a competitive application process to participate in a nine-month leadership training program. Applications go live each year in May and we accept no more than 24 women. 

Democratic women with a demonstrated ability to take initiative in their communities or places of work and are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an interest in public policy, advancing Indiana forward with progressive ideas, and be committed to increasing women’s influence in the political process.

Through a combination of study, field experience, and networking, Hoosier Women Forward participants will gain valuable political leadership training that will prepare them to become more informed, active and mindful public servants.