With filing deadlines coming to a close around the country, experts are estimating a record-number of women running for office. As of last week, 309 women have filed papers to run for seats in the House of Representatives. This is a huge step forward for gender equality and representation as Congress has historically been male-dominated.
After Hillary Clinton lost the Presidential election in 2016, many women felt threatened by the policies of the Trump administration and needed to take politics into their own hands. Starting with huge waves of activism such as the Women’s March last year, women have stepped up to the plate in droves to stand up against injustice.
“I always thought this was for other people, and I was not qualified. There was this wake-up call of, Why not me?” ~ Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran and business executive who is running for Congress, via TIME magazine
Since Trump has been elected, female candidates have already won several notable elections. Danica Roem became the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly last Fall, and Vi Lyles became Charlotte’s first-ever African-American, female mayor.