Nevertheless, She Persisted: Women Lead In Activism and Elected Office

The defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and subsequent inauguration of Donald Trump let to unprecedented numbers of women running for elected office. In 2018, 476 women ran for the United States House (an increase of 59.2 % from the previous election cycle) and 53 women ran for the Senate (an increase of 32.5%). Building on that, 583 women ran for the House in 2020 (a further 22.5% increase), and 60 ran for the Senate (up by 13.2%). Locally, organizations that trained women to run for public office reported a significant increase in interest.