Anne Moses, founder of IGNITE

As a young woman, Dr. Anne Moses, IGNITE’s Founder & President, watched as Anita Hill was eviscerated by an all-male Senate judiciary committee on national television. In that moment, she realized that until women have equal power, their rights will be ignored. After many years working in the women’s political equity space it became clear to Anne that to achieve parity we must reach women younger, to build a pipeline of next generation leaders who are ready to run for office.


Attica Scott, activist and former Louisville Metro city councilwoman

Attica graduated from the first class of Emerge Kentucky which prepares Democratic women to run for office. She served as the District 1 representative to Louisville Metro Council from 2011-2014 and served as Chair of the Ad Hoc Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee and Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Vacant Properties Committee. She is currently serving in the Kentucky House of Representatives. 

Melanie Hughes, University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of Sociology

Melanie works to connect my research to policymakers, practitioners, and the public. She has collaborated with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the measurement of women's political leadership worldwide, and is currently working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to improve the availability and quality of data on gender equality in public administration (GEPA).


Melissa Deckman is a professor of Political Science at Washington College

Melissa Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs and Chair of the Political Science Department at Washington College.  She also chairs the board of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).  Professor Deckman’s areas of specialty include religion and politics, women and politics, and state and local politics.  Her latest book is Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right (May 2016: NYU Press)  The updated third edition of her best-selling textbook, Women and Politics, written with Julie Dolan and Michele Swers, and which analyzes the 2016 presidential election, is now available through Rowman & Littlefield.  


Richard Fox, author and professor of politics at LMU

Dr. Richard Fox, Professor of Political Science, currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.He oversees and is responsible for undergraduate enrollment management, curriculum initiatives, student advising and mentoring, student engagement with Los Angeles and the world, BCLA scholarships, student expectations, grade appeal process, retention, LMU Bulletin, and all other activities primarily related to student engagement and support.


Stephanie Coontz, historian, author, and professor

Stephanie Coontz is an author,historian, and faculty member at Evergreen State College. She teaches history and family studies and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-2004. She served as a marriage consultant to The Ladies Home Journal from 2006-2009 and consulted with the Pew Research Center in developing their questionnaire for their 2010 report on the state of marriage and family life in America, as well as with for its 2011 survey on singles.


Phyllis Schlafly, conservative activist and lawyer

Phyllis Schlafly was an American constitutional lawyer and conservative activist. She was most well-known for her conservative social and political views, her opposition to feminism and abortion, and her campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Her 1964 book, A Choice Not an Echo, sold more than three million copies and she went on to co-authored books on national defense and was highly critical of arms control agreements with the former Soviet Union. Schlafly founded the conservative interest group Eagle Forum in 1972 and remained its chairperson and CEO until her death in 2016.