The Matriots is an Ohio nonpartisan political action committee founded in May of 2017 by a group of women who participated in the Women’s March on Washington. Moved by the tremendous outpouring of support that day for American women and their issues, the Ohio marchers decided to launch an effort to put more women into political leadership to ensure economic justice and advance policies impacting the lives of Ohio women.
On July 4, The Matriots PAC launched a Founding Member campaign to raise enough funds to create a sustainable organization, hire an executive director, and make political contributions to female candidates in 2018; today those Founding Members number more than 300 women and men. Our full membership includes almost 700 women and men across the state.
Our members come from different political parties and represent different ethnicities, races, religions, and sexual identifications. But we all believe that we share values, not labels.
In 2018 The Matriots PAC endorsed a qualified and captivating slate of 34 candidates running for statewide and local offices around Ohio. Our class of 2018 candidates ran for statewide, Ohio General Assembly, county commissioner, and local offices. The slate included Democrats and Republicans, first-time candidates and current officeholders. Read more about the women and their campaigns here.
Thank you for supporting, encouraging, and, most importantly, voting for these women. With the help of The Matriots, the percentage of women in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly increased from 22 percent to 26 percent, the highest percentage of women serving in Ohio’s history.
The Matriots PAC will continue to endorse, support and encourage women candidates. If you would like to be notified regarding 2019 endorsement deadlines, please sign up here.