2018 Could See a Record Number of Women Run for Office

After the Trump administration took office, many people — especially women — resisted. They marched. They volunteered. They ran for office.

And encouragingly, the number of female candidates has swelled. Women swept the 2017 elections, and they turned out in record numbers to contact and support organizations that promote gender equality in politics.

As Axios reported, “More than 15,000 women have contacted She Should Run — a nonpartisan organization dedicated to recruiting and training women to run for elected office — since last November. And more than 19,000 have contacted EMILY’s List, a group that helps get pro-choice Dem women get elected, since Trump’s victory.”

Some women wanted to stand up to President Donald Trump’s sexism and history of alleged sexual assault and harassment. Others wanted to compensate for the blind spots that current politicians seem to have.

Take Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist and biogeographer at the University of Maine. Last January, she registered with 314 Action, a group that encourages scientists to throw their hat into the political ring.

“If you’d told me a year ago that I would consider running for office, I would have laughed,” Gill told the Atlantic. “I always fantasized about serving an administration in an advisory capacity, but we now have explicitly anti-science people in office and in the Cabinet. Waiting passively for people to tap me for my expertise won’t be enough.”

A handful of female candidates have also felt emboldened by Trump. After all, he is the first president without political or military experience.

“He fuels a conversation that there’s no one path to the White House, there’s no one background,” Erin Loos Cutraro, CEO of She Should Run, to CNN. “The electorate is obviously looking for a different model, a different type of leadership [and women could fit that bill].”

Of course, no matter who’s in office, patriarchy has maintained a stranglehold on our governments for far too long. Female staffers in Obama’s White House even had to develop strategies to prevent men from speaking over them.

Today, fewer than 1 in 5 representatives in Congress is a woman. And as Lauren Longo notes on Care2, at current rates the United States will reach gender parity in 100 years. It’s far past time for that to change.

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60 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Karen H
Karen H7 months ago

Sarah Hill, you deserve a lot more than 1 star. I carefully vet every candidate on my ballot. I want to know where each one stands on the issues, and what he or she has done in the past. I don't give a crap about their talking the talk. I want to see if they've walked the walk. Campaign promises have a sinister way of turning to lies the second a candidate takes office.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill7 months ago

I don’t care whether they are male or female, white or black as long as they are the best qualified for the job. That is what we need to focus on, getting the most qualified person in every job.

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Past Member
Past Member 7 months ago

cool

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Lesa D
Lesa D8 months ago

thank you Emily...

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Jessica C
Jessica C8 months ago

Staying tuned.

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Joan E
Joan E8 months ago

I still judge a candidate by the candidate's ideas and ideals, not by the candidate's gender. But there are very conservative parts of this nation that live in Republican gerrymandered districts and only hear "alternative facts" on Faux News. Women in those areas are often kept down. Now that this awful Trump bunch is in charge and taking away women's rights everywhere, we really need more women, hopefully sane and caring women, to bring sense and fairness back.

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Karen H
Karen H8 months ago

I hope the women running for office are qualified, and truly have our interests at heart.

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Elaine W
Elaine W8 months ago

Since women give birth, they know for sure that corporations are not people. A good start to clean up secret money in campaigns to buy your vote with propaganda.

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Elaine W
Elaine W8 months ago

I hope this is a true prediction.

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