Seven Democratic women won their primaries in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, a promising sign for Democrats.
Emily’s List, the political action committee for pro-choice Democratic women recently did a piece headlined with the words, ‘The 2018 Election Looks Like Women’s Work‘. The organization said to Vox that since Trump’s election last year, it has heard from more than 20,000 women expressing interest in running for elected office.
The group had to knock down a wall in its Washington office to make room for more staff. That’s impressive.
That so many Pennsylvania women are running and winning matches the current political trend. More than twice as many women are running for Congress nationwide in 2018 than in 2016. They’re winning their primaries in large numbers, and the overwhelming majority of those women are Democrats.
“In the three districts that the Democrats have a good chance to pick up- Pennsylvania 4, 5, and 6- the nominees are women,” said G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, in an interview.
“Throw in the unpopularity of Trump with Democratic women, and you’ve got a mixture that brought women (candidates),” Madonna said.
Women voters, in total, were one of the smartest demographical blocs in 2016, and the disastrous result of that election has galvanized them to action in record numbers. They have taken the country by storm. The Blue Wave is going to end up landing a lot of women in Congress.
Meanwhile, a string of high-profile departures of prominent Republican women threatens to leave the House with fewer Republican women next year. This also indicates the national trend very well.
Women are disgusted with the Republican Party. They are flocking from it in droves. The endless scandals of sexual abuse that their candidates lug around like baggage have made it harder and harder to turn a blind eye; remember Roy Moore? And the worst of them all is currently the president.
The words and actions of Donald Trump have been so ugly towards women over the years that it’s really impossible to overstate. Stormy Daniels comes to mind.
She recently went public with the full story of intimidation, bullying, and misogyny that she was put through by the slob who is now our President. It’s typical of him. It seems like women have had enough.
The movement of women towards politics this year has not been restricted to candidates. Experienced female political operatives also are getting active like never before.
Their goals are to raise money and awareness, energize volunteers and give female candidates a hand with everything from fundraising to figuring out how to balance childcare during campaigns.
It’s too early to tell how the movement will change Washington in the long term. But it’s clear that a transformation has already begun. In dozens of interviews with TIME, Democratic women talked about what caused that metamorphosis.
In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the theft of the presidency from Hillary Clinton, the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described pussy grabber. And in 2018, they’ve become candidates on the front lines.
We have these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives, diving headlong into the mix and bringing new vitality to a Democratic Party whose need for them is greater than it’s ever been before. A great deal depends on us being able to free this country from the grasp of the criminals who are running it now.
Going forward, we can help this along by making sure our support is felt. We can ask women to share their stories with us and listen when they do. We can make it a point to seek out their perspectives.
We asked for leaders, after 2016, and these are the human beings who have stepped up. Now it’s 2018, and the midterms are nearly upon us.
We’re going to stand behind them every way we can.