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Feb 24 2017

Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years? Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter-century.

Feb 24 2017

We’re now two weeks into the presidency of the most misogynistic president in modern history. Already, Donald Trump has shown that his turn in the Oval Office will be one that will be remembered for its attacks on women, minorities, the LGBT community and working-class Americans. The energy created by women’s marches is great, but it’s now time for the women’s movement to step up and prepare for action. We must seize on this moment and galvanize our cause into a force that will carry us into the future. Here are 6 strategies for us to employ in 2017 and beyond.

Huffington Post
Feb 24 2017

The day after Donald Trump's inauguration, millions of women around the world took to the streets to make their voices heard. And at protest after protest after that, demonstrators heard one clear message from organizers: This is just the beginning. Ever since Trump won the presidential election, many women's groups have reported floods of people expressing interest in running for office, and that number has only increased since his inauguration.


It's about time, because the situation right now is nothing short of dire. At the beginning of 2017, women were just 19.1 percent of incoming members of Congress, and were just 21 percent of the Senate. Women made up only 24.6 percent of state legislatures, 10 percent of all governors, and 18.4 percent of mayors of cities with more than 30,000 residents, according to Emerge America, a group that recruits Democratic women to run for office.

Jan 20 2017

On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee held their first forum in Phoenix, Ariz. on the way to electing new leadership. I was very excited to see a DNC member from California ask a question about how the candidates for chair would work with partner organizations, including women’s groups, on recruitment and training of candidates.

The Hill
Dec 10 2016

By Yvonne Abraham

And now, a ray of hope.

Are you a woman, or someone who cares about them? Are you miserable over the Electoral College defeat of the person you thought was going to be our first female president? Are you especially appalled that she lost to a misogynistic throwback?

You are not alone. Like you, Lisa J.B. Peterson woke up on Nov. 9th feeling gutted.

“I realized women were so much further behind than I thought we were,” said the financial planner from Salem. “The rug was completely pulled out from under me.”

The Boston Globe
Dec 10 2016

By Ovetta Wiggins

Martha McKenna expected about 75 people to attend her group’s annual fundraiser. Then Hillary Clinton lost.

And the RSVP list for last week’s gathering for Emerge Maryland, part of a national network that identifies potential female Democratic candidates for office and encourages them to run, swelled to nearly 250 people.

The Washington Post
Dec 9 2016

A month ago, most observers — even Republicans! — believed we would be inaugurating the first female president in January. But even though Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by a margin that now exceeds 2.6 million ballots, it was not enough to secure the necessary victory in the Electoral College.

The woman who would be president lost in a campaign marked by stunning levels of misogyny, with mainstream media outlets getting caught up with the right-wing belief that a woman who has risen so high must have some dirty secret lurking in her emails. To add insult to injury, she lost to a man who literally bragged about sexually assaulting women.


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