2018 is shaping up to be a 'Year of the Woman' when it comes to politics. More than 500 women currently have their hats in the ring in contests all across the country.
“As of last week, 325 women were non-incumbent candidates for the United States House, along with 72 female members seeking reelection, according to data compiled by [the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University]. Thirty-eight women not currently serving in the United States Senate are aiming for the upper chamber, along with 12 incumbents running again. And 75 women have set their sights on the nation’s governorships — plus four female incumbents fighting to keep their seats,” one of us wrote over the weekend.
It is no coincidence that so many women are running given the rise of Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement:
Like in 1992, says Jennifer Lawless of the Women and Politics Institute at American University, “there is this general call that women would be able to legislate in a way that was more honest and trustworthy because they are political outsiders, that there are these entrenched men who have generated a whole bunch of scandals and are behaving very badly.”
Notable races include:
- Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, and Kelli Ward vying for Senate (Arizona);
- Gwen Graham running for governor (Florida);
- Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans competing for governorship of Georgia;
- And Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), and Jacky Rosen (Nevada) for Senate seats.