This year’s primaries have demonstrated some changes to America’s political landscape.
It seems that women have finally attained a greater presence in the world of U.S. politics.
A record number of female candidates have received major party nominations for the upcoming midterm elections in November. According to the Center for Women and Politics in Rutgers University, 185 women have declared their intentions to run for the House so far.
The previous record of 167 female nominees was set in 2016.
The Center released a comparative graph regarding the way in which the number has evolved throughout the past years, as well as how the numbers distribute between parties. This graph revealed that more women have been running for political office in recent elections mainly due to the Democratic party.
The data shows that only 39 Democratic female candidates and 30 Republican female candidates were nominated in 1990. The numbers between the parties were very similar. However, the number of female Democratic candidates has increased vastly since 1990, reaching 118 in 2012 and 143 so far in 2018. On the other hand, the Republican party has maintained rather similar numbers, with a maximum number of 53 female characters in 2004. The Republican party is statistically less open to the idea of having female nominees. If the Republican party truly wants to become more inclusive, they will have to address this in the future.
The good news is that there are still fourteen primary elections yet to be held this year. These elections will most likely increase the number of female candidates even more. This could cause a necessary increase in female representation in Congress.
Women currently make up only 20% of members on Capitol Hill.
The higher presence of female Democratic candidates in this year’s elections was also likely influenced by the election of Donald Trump. The spirit of the women’s marches which took place shortly after Trump’s election has continued into this election cycle.
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