By Danny Hayes
Paradoxically, Donald Trump’s inauguration appeared to launch 2017 as a year of the woman. The year started with the Women’s March, which brought out millions of people, many in pink hats that signaled outrage about Trump’s comments about feeling free to grab women. It ended with the ouster, resignation and electoral defeat of prominent men implicated in sexual harassment and assault in the fields of entertainment, business, politics and beyond.
The original “year of the woman” came in 1992, after senators grilled Anita Hill about her allegations that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her — hearings that ushered an unprecedented wave of women into Congress.
Will 2018 be another such year? That’s what many are wondering, considering the momentum of the #MeToo campaign, Trump’s unpopularity, especially among women, and the surprising victories of female candidates in last year’s Virginia House of Delegates elections.
Here’s how the midterms look for female candidates right now:
A record number of women are running
This year’s congressional elections are likely to feature a record number of female candidates. As of this week, the Center for American Women and Politics had identified 390 women who have filed or are likely …read more
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