After Clinton’s Loss, Surge In Women Interested In Running For Office

  • Jan 5, 2017
  • Here and Now
  • NPR

Many American women, particularly Democratic women, thought 2016 was their year. Then Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump. The number of women in Congress also remained exactly the same — 19 percent of the House and Senate, or 104 total — and the number of women governors fell from six to five.

But instead of discouraging women, some groups say the election has had the opposite effect.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Andrea Dew Steele, founder, and president of Emerge America — which runs training programs in 17 states for Democratic women who want to run for office — about the surge in interest that groups like Emerge have seen since Nov. 9.