Women’s Rising Interest in Politics in the Trump Era: Pussy Hats in Office

Women’s jaws dropped across the country when the announcement was made that Trump would be elected into office this past November. The news served as a call to action to every woman who feared for their unborn children, for the environment and equality for their fellow man (and woman).

stand-tall-with-womenThere has been a rise in women stepping into seats of power and a growing interest in participating in politics that has never been seen before. Washington has been taken by surprise by this interest in female political participation – and we have Trump to thank for it.

Some women who have joined training groups like Ready to Run, VoteRunLead and Emerge America attribute their interest to the empowerment felt after the women’s march on inauguration day. Do you remember that march that was blatantly ignored by our newly elected president? The day that 408 organized marches in all 50 states and that drew 500,000 people to our nation’s capitol?

No matter the inspiration, Emerge America reported seeing an 87% increase in registration for training sessions that prepare women for entering into the realm of politics. VoteRunLead has reported training 5,000 women to run for office over the course of two years but nearly half of those women came to the organization in the two months between the election and inauguration of Donald Trump.

The younger generation is also aching to make their voices heard. The millennials are waking up to the fact that you don’t have to be post-menopausal women that wear pants suits to get involved in the political system. Tattoos and ripped jeans are welcome in the fight against misogyny and greed.

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Erin Schrode

Erin Schrode, a 24-year old-Californian, has decided to run for congress. She has seen how others her age have created new systems in the agricultural arena, the workplace and her community to promote health and growth while avoiding the political system due to the complicated mess that it is to young people. Schrode wants to take hold of the issues that plague her generation and infiltrate the system to create change for those generations to come.

She believes that the innovation that she has seen by her peers can lead to change for the good in a crooked system currently dominated by rich, old white men. She feels that in a nation whose largest population are millennials (those born between 1981 and 1997) that she has a stronger chance of winning. She has the ability to appeal to those who are in crippling college debt, those who prefer to do business with local financial institutions rather than global banks, and those that put health and happiness over materialistic goods and a generation that has been bombarded with information and the effects of climate change during their lifetime.

Getting more women active and interested in politics is kinda a big deal. In 2014, the number of women in congress hit the 100 mark. This may not seem worthy of a celebration due to the fact that there are 535 seats to be occupied in congress but just remember this is in comparison to just 25 women working in congress just twenty years ago in 1987.

Women, like Elizabeth Warren, are a leading example of the ability to make waves and serve as the voice that women desperately need to have in the senate, the house and all branches of government that make laws pertaining to our reproductive health, education and women’s rights.

Elizabeth Warren has made a name for herself by being a “nasty woman” and will likely not be giving up her seat anytime soon to another older white male to let them make the decision on when, where and how her next annual exam will take place and whether or not her insurance will cover her mammogram. Basically, women like Warren are learning from their competition on how to not piss off the major voting population in order to win the next election.

What do you do as a woman when a man with numerous sexual harassment claims against him is elected as the president of your country? You put your sneakers on and get in the running.
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W.M. ChandlerAuthor Bio: W.M. Chandler is a Colorado native and works best with her head in the clouds. She is an avid researcher and enjoys writing about unfamiliar subjects. She writes passionately about nature and the outdoors, human connections and relationships, art and politics.

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