Record Number of Women Run for Congress
The four men running for President and Vice President may be dominating the political news cycle right now, but it’s the women running for congressional seats that just might be in the dominant position come November.
A record 298 women filed to run this year, and to date 154 women have been nominated in the primaries. That’s also a record number and there are still 10 primaries to go. You can view the list of female congressional and Statewide elected executive candidates at this site managed by Rutger’s University Center for American Women and Politics.
According to Politico, both Democratic and Republican women are out-fundraising their opponents. Robin Bravender reports, “The 12 Democratic women running for Senate this fall have raised a combined $110 million, more than twice as much as the $42 million their Republican opponents have raised,” and “combined, the 18 women running for Senate have raised more than $135 million this cycle.” The Massachusetts Senate raise is the most expensive congressional race. Through June, Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren had raised close to $24 million and her Republic opponent, Senator Scott Brown, had raised $14 million.
If women do win big in November, they will reverse the backward slide that happened in 2010, the first time in 30 years that the number of women in office declined. As we’ve written before, we need to elect women because:
- Women are 51 percent of the population but only 17 percent of Congress, and that’s not representative government.
- Last year, 1,100 pieces of legislation about women’s reproductive health were introduced — by a majority male legislative body.
- And our daughters, who we promise can grow up and be anything they want, need role models.
Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, an organization that supports pro-choice women candidates, said in a press release, “The choice is going to be clear on Election Day – a Republican party obsessed with rolling back the clock for women on everything from birth control to equal pay, or a Democratic party led by strong, dynamic women who have the right priorities for America’s families.”