2018 year in review
BUT WOMEN CANDIDATES FACED PERSISTENT BARRIERS
Women are (still!) being told -
Wait your turn.
You’re not ready to run yet.
Don’t challenge an incumbent.
A Democrat can’t win in this district.
These are a few of our candidates:
Ayanna Pressley (MA-7)
The first black woman elected to Boston City Council in 2009
Beat 10-term incumbent Mike Capuano
Discouraged from running by Democrats throughout Massachusetts
“With our rights under assault, with our freedoms under siege, it’s not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power, but it matters who those Democrats are...Change isn’t waiting any longer. We have arrived, change is coming and the future belongs to all of us.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
Beat 10-term incumbent, Joe Crowley
Educator, activist, and community organizer
Ran without establishment support
“You know, people in the opposite camp have been saying, “She’s making this about race.” And, you know what? It is about race. And it is about education. And it is about our incomes. And it is about wealth inequality. Because this campaign is about our issues. And what is infuriating I think a lot of people in New York’s political establishment is that I haven’t asked anyone for permission.”
Katie Hill (CA-25)
30-year-old Executive director of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), where she has championed and helped pass historic initiatives to combat homelessness in Los Angeles.
“I had so many people on the Democratic side tell me, ‘I’m sorry, I’d love to support you, but this is too critical of a race and I just don’t think a woman can beat Steve Knight.’ ”
Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
Registered nurse and former senior advisor to President Obama at US Health and Human Services
Received lots of establishment support and was endorsed by the DCCC, EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, and Obama
In spite of this, she doesn’t feel that she started out as an establishment candidate. “I’m a 31-year-old black woman,” she says. “No one invited me. No one was like, ‘Girl, you’re the one.’ ”
“You can’t write off any districts, you can’t write off any candidates based on demographics,” Underwood says. “I hope the powers that be recognize that there’s a lot of homegrown talent and people willing to serve and do the work. And they may not fit traditional molds.”