A New Rule in the Realm: Women Redefining the Political Sphere
By Hanna Dasoo
Progress can be slow but women have shown that they are dedicated to changing our political landscape and spearheading female empowerment in the political realm.
This year we have seen women move from behind the scenes to the forefront of action, galvanizing others into action and fighting not just for their rights, but for the rights of everyone.
There has been a sense of urgency noted in these actions, as women across the world, alarmed at the current climate of hostility, are marching, protesting, running for office, and doing whatever it takes to make a difference.
Just this year, over 550 women are running for the House, the Senate, or for governor and since the 2016 election, over 34,000 women have signed up to run for office. These women have fought against sexism and cultural perceptions to run for office and break down barriers.
The early signs of a female dominated election season were apparent in this past election in Texas. More than half of the fifty women who ran for office in Texas won their primary or will advance to a runoff in May. And it’s not just breaking barriers for women – Texas is also on track to sending its first two Latinas to the House, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, who both won their respective primaries.
Why is there such an increase in the number of women running? Frustration at the current administration, disgust with the President’s unpresidential behavior, determination to change society’s perceptions of women, and movements such as the Women’s March and #MeToo are but a few reasons explaining the drive. Many women running for office have cited their frustration with the male-dominated administration failing to bring about change and solve pressing issues, such as gun control. Women are showing that they are finished with having others make their decisions; they will be making the decisions and transforming the narrative.
Progress can be slow but these women have shown that they are dedicated to changing our political landscape and spearheading female empowerment in the political realm.