Rebecca Traister’s cover story in New York Magazine’s January 23 issue is more than powerful — it’s a political game changer. In it, she writes:
“To date, 390 women are planning to run for the House of Representatives, a figure that’s higher than at any point in American history. Twenty-two of them are non-incumbent black women — for scale, there are only 18 black women in the House right now. Meanwhile, 49 women are likely to be running for the Senate, more than 68 percent higher than the number who’d announced at the same point in 2014.”
Perhaps this is the upside to these trying political times. For many of these women, running for office has become a calling. A way to protect the future of their children. A way to protect yours and mine.
I particularly love the cover of the magazine, which quotes why one candidate chose to run at all. “My 16-year-old son turned to me after the election and he said, ‘America doesn’t want a smart qualified female president in office.’ By Friday, I was running.”
When thousands of women marched the streets of New York and Washington and Los Angeles, nobody was sure if we were witnessing a moment — or a movement. But the rise of all of these women candidates, Susan Chira wrote in Sunday’s New York Times, is bringing the answer into focus.