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.
The Matriots PAC is now accepting applications for the 2019 primary election. Candidates who embrace our beliefs and would like to be considered for endorsement and/or financial support should complete the online application by February 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
We look forward to endorsing, supporting, and encouraging candidates in the 2019 primary election and beyond. We will continue build on the progress of our 2018 Class of endorsed candidates as we work towards our goal of 50 percent of elected offices held by women in 2028.
For more information on our endorsement guidelines for 2019, please click here.
In 2018 The Matriots PAC endorsed a slate of 34 candidates running for 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. 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. These women are well poised to promote an Ohio that is both equitable and economically healthy.