More women than ever ran for political office this cycle.
The last Senate race of the 2018 midterms is over, and Mississippi has elected its first woman to serve in Congress. The numbers are in, but the jury’s still out on the cultural and political ramifications of some of the biggest fights of the midterms.
To start, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to outrun her own shadow and become House speaker (again). Even during the elections, a centrist group debated turning her into a “bogeyman.” Plus, with more women running for office, this cycle spotlighted their need for child care, as I wrote back in August. At least nine congressional candidates took advantage of their new ability to use campaign contributions to cover the costs, but state candidates are still fighting to have that option: One mom running for the Louisiana Legislature was told that using those funds was a “misplaced priority.” Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams is still combating voter suppression, and black women in Georgia aren’t done advocating for themselves, for their state, and for Abrams (who wants to run again).