More Women Are Interested In Running For Office Than Ever Before — Here's How Many

The future is female.

It doesn't stop at the Women's March.

Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election, but that hasn't kept women out of politics. Last December, it was reported that 4,500 women had begun to train for government since the election. This month, new statistics from EMILY's List are giving us even more proof that the future is female.

The organization, which helps pro-choice Democratic women get elected to public office, has heard from 11,000 women this year who are interested in running for office around the country — for school boards, state legislatures, and Congress. A few dozen are reportedly interested in House races. Compare that to 900 women who expressed interest during last year's election cycle. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, told the Washington Post the latest number is "unprecedented."

It's a promising statistic, especially in light of recent threats to women's rights from the current administration.

Getting more women elected brings us closer to correcting a gender imbalance in government — women make up less than 20 percent of Congress — and making sure women's voices are heard when it comes to issues that affect them, from equal pay to reproductive rights.

There are several initiatives other than EMILY's List that are motivating women to run, including the organizations She Should Run and VoteRunLead, the latter of which recently introduced a three-part web series teaching women what they need to know to successfully run for office.

"We have nothing to compare this to. We have never seen this level of determination for women to have their voices heard," She Should Run co-founder and CEO Erin Cutraro told The Huffington Post last year, adding, "If we want to have an effective country, we're not gonna get there unless women's voices are at the table."

(H/T: Glamour)


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