2017 was the year of women political empowerment, and it all began with the Women’s March in January 2017. Over 470,000 people flooded the streets of the Nation’s Capital. What a sight it was.
Just a day after President Trump’s inauguration and the massive discontent with his election was clearly seen all throughout the country.
The Women’s March was the first of several events that made it clear that women are readier than ever to take matters into their own hands.
Countless of them, around the United States, started finding their voices and grew weary of the way President Trump talked about them, disrespected them, and the danger they saw in him not only to them but to their children and the entire country.
And so far, the numbers are a good sign for Democrats.
According to information from The Rutgers Centers, there are 354 female House Candidates thus far: 291 Democrat and 63 Republicans. That’s the biggest increase we’ve seen in terms of female House candidates.
In the Senate, there are 25 Democrats and 13 Republicans female candidates that are running for office. That’s nearly double the number of female candidates, compared to 2015.
And although the Women’s March and the sexist president’s election have played a huge role in getting female candidates prepared to run, the latest storm of sexual harassment accusations against powerful men, put the icing on the cake for many women to say “enough” and decide to run and get more involved, both politically and civically.
Also EMILY’s List, one of the most prominent groups responsible for recruiting and helping to elect female candidates, has pointed out that since the 2016 election more than 22,000 women have reached out to learn more about getting involved politically and how to help in general, and many of these women are asking how to run for office at all levels of government.
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who is running in Florida’s 26th Congressional District to replace the Republican incumbent, Carlos Curbelo, is a candidate that had enough after Donald Trump was elected.
“Like so many women across the country who are taking a stance against the division, fear mongering, and countless bashing by our current President, I felt that I needed to stand up to make sure we protect the values we hold so dear as Americans,” she said to me recently.
“My mother brought me and my sisters to this country in search of opportunities and like so many Americans, through hard work, we have achieved the American Dream. But I see first hand now how hard it is for hard working families to get by. Our Government should be here to make things easier, not tougher. I have a responsibility to my community and my family, to do right by them, and make sure America’s best days are ahead of us and not behind us.”
And it’s not just the women running for office. Others, such celebrities and prominent women are also taking a stand against all of the sexual misconduct allegations that are happening across the country.
A new group of over 300 actresses, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives, called Time’s Up, have been able to raise more than $13 million to help underprivileged women have the adequate resources to defend themselves.
Resources like a legal defense fund to help women protect themselves from sexual misconduct, campaigning for legislation to penalize companies that allow persistent harassment, and a drive to achieve gender parity at film studios and talent agencies.
In all of this, whether politically or not, women are doing their part and standing up for themselves more than ever before. Women feel empowered to participate and change things.
And that’s the key. If women feel empowered, invested in, and rightfully represented by all of these female candidates, they will vote in large numbers.
If this happens, they will give Democrats control of Congress in 2018 and change our country for the better.