Who We Are
We work to educate and mobilize the population for positive change.
The Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan (PWA) strives to influence public policy through the election of candidates and the advocacy of a progressive political agenda in West Michigan and beyond.
As a non-partisan political action committee, we support progressive individuals considering running for public office. We endorse candidates whose platforms are aligned with ours, and we contribute to the campaigns of viable, PWA-endorsed candidates.
We also work to identify and encourage progressive people—particularly progressive women—to run for office at all levels of government. We link them with the resources, training, and funding sources they need to become strong candidates and run viable campaigns.
Beyond candidates, we also track issues from local millages to state and national referenda and we provide both financial and volunteer resources to those that promote progressive political change.
In order to do this work effectively, we put great effort into fund development.
Since its inception in 2004, PWA supporters have included more than 800 women and men from West Michigan—from metro Grand Rapids to the Lake Michigan shoreline. We’ve provided endorsements to more than 50 candidates, registered more than 500 voters, and raised over $825,000 in individual contributions.
PWA's purple is chosen in tribute to the courageous women in America’s suffrage movement and as a reminder that the work of creating a just and progressive society continues.