With polls showing Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, it is widely rumored that the president might seek ways to postpone the election in order to remain in office. Such a move would be blatantly illegal.
While the coronavirus crisis has prompted states to postpone primaries and thrown into question how voting will proceed in the coming months, primary results so far suggest that pro-choice candidates are in a strong position to increase their numbers in the House come November. Protecting the House pro-choice majority is critical to women’s rights, regardless of the outcome in the senate and presidential elections.
Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden made a historic promise to voters: He will nominate a woman vice president and, if given the opportunity, put a black woman on the Supreme Court.
On Super Tuesday, Smith earned a first-place finish. But to win, she’ll have to prevail in two elections over the next eight months. National Democrats are looking at the May special election as a bellwether for 2020. Do Democrats have what it takes to hold the House majority? With Trump on the ballot, can the women of the 2018 wave survive their first test as swing district incumbents in what will be the most polarized election in a generation?
We break down the representation of women candidates competing for seats in the U.S. Senate and House—as well provide a quick look at how women voted in the presidential primary.
The gender gap is now a firmly established factor in U.S. elections, driving the outcome of races from local city councils and county boards to Congress and the presidency.
Much of the attention to gender and the 2020 election has been focused on the Democratic presidential primary. But more than 500 offices at the congressional and statewide level (and many more in state legislative contests) are also up for election this year, providing multiple sites for us to evaluate the numerical presence and progress for women, and the different ways in which gender shapes campaign terrain for all candidates.
Patriarchal societies persist everywhere in the world, so without serious institutional mechanisms to promote the election of women, they are unlikely to see women reach the highest elective office. It is time for the U.S. to become a role model of representative democracy and implement real and effective policies to promote the election of women at all levels, and particularly for the top elected job.
As has been true throughout the entire Trump presidency, women’s abiding and intense disapproval of Trump has been a significant factor in keeping his ratings underwater.
Dr. Vanessa Tyson wasn’t planning to run for a seat in the California State Assembly. But when an incumbent announced he wasn’t seeking reelection and the opportunity presented itself to make a difference in her community through political office, she jumped in.