Since Election Day, More Than 13,000 Women Have Decided to Run for Office

Since Election Day, More Than 13,000 Women Have Decided to Run for Office


Feb 14, 2017

This year, for the first time ever, the United States had the possibility to elect its first-ever female president, breaking that "highest, hardest" glass ceiling once and for all.

After election day though, when news broke that 2016 was not the year to make history with the first female POTUS, women took action to carry out this mission.

Between marches and protests to protect women's rights and volunteering, women from all walks of life decided to take matters into their own hands. And rather than wait for the next female candidate to run, they would do it themselves.

"Having Trump win has made me realize how complacent I was about a lot of things," 23-year-old California native Bonnie Casillas told New York Magazine. Casillas plans to run for governor, more now than ever after learning that all of her state’s governors have been men.

Casillas isn't alone in her plans to increase the number of women in government. Across the country women are taking more interest than ever in office. In the past two months, more than 2,300 women have signed up to take an online course with VoteLeadRun and the organization's January 7th seminar was filled by 1,2000 women in less than 48 hours. Another organization, EMILY's List, which aired a campaign stating "don't just march, run," had more than 4,000 people reach out with interest in running for office since election day and 1,660 since Inauguration Day. 

CEO of She Should Run, Erin Loos Cutraro said that 8,100 women have registered for their online incubator program, which as the site states: "trains women for public leadership roles... designed to build a community of women interested in entering politics and provide them with the tools to do so."

With United States' pathetic records showing that women hold only about 20 percent of all national-level seats with local numbers just as low, women are taking action hoping that ultimate glass ceiling will be broken sooner rather than later.

“I see this as a new beginning,” President of EMILY's List, Stephanie Schriock told New York Magazine. “I think you’re going to see a new generation of women leaders rise up and change this country.”

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