“Behind Every Great Man is a Great Woman.” A Feminist rally in the 60’s and 70’s. Flash forward to 1985 and the phrase got a giant boost when the Eurythmics released “Sisters are doing it for themselves.” In fact, Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin took that rally cry and flipped it on its head!
We think we can all attest that Sisters are doing it for themselves in the race up to the midterms… but not a single one of them is doing it by themselves! So, perhaps the 2018 version of the rally cry could be, “behind every great woman candidate is an army of more great women helping them to succeed.” We all know that record numbers of women are running this year, but are you aware that a record number of women are running their campaigns as well?
According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 40 percent of the campaign managers for Democratic congressional candidates are women. In contrast, according to the New York Times, “Kelly Dittmar, a political scientist at Rutgers University’s, recalled excising data on female campaign consultants from a book she wrote in 2010 because the numbers were too small to be statistically reliable.” Did you know too, more women are donating to political campaigns than ever before?
According to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in federal races, women account for 31% of the money going to House candidates, their highest share of the donor pool in any election cycle. And, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Female donors are giving 55 percent to Democrats, while men are giving at an even split across the aisle. Prior to the influx of women stepping up as campaign managers, women were often relegated to the communications staff, or fundraising duties. It certainly speaks to the fact that when more women are placed in positions of power, even more women get the opportunity for greater success.
According to a study by the Center for American Women in Politics, one of the most common refrains from the 83 congresswomen in the 2017 Congress, was that they wanted to see more women join their ranks. More congresswomen beget more congresswomen, more female chief of staffs, more opportunity to reimagine the halls of congress filled with fewer white grandpa’s, in order to more accurately reflect the makeup of our citizenry.
Today’s show is celebrating the Women who help the Women who run, because it takes more than a village, it takes a majority of the population to accept change before that change can become the status quo. (And, by the way, because men make up 49% of that population, next week we’ll be celebrating the men who help the women who run.)
It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who said, “The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
So, all the female candidates and all of their female campaign managers can only succeed if the majority female voters are interested in moving away from the status quo of the old, white, balding, male power structure to something new and exciting. And, it just so happens that during non-presidential elections the proportion of eligible female adults who voted has significantly exceeded the proportion of eligible male adults who voted. In 2014, according to CAWP, over 49 million women reported voting, compared to 43 million men.
At Run Like A Girl, we have relied heavily on data and stories provided by an evergrowing legion of organizations that are solely devoted to advancing women in government. From the aforementioned Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers to Yale’s 2018 Women’s Campaign School to Emily’s List and Maggie’s List and many more – And, one trend that we have found incredibly inspiring, are not only the organizations, but the vast number of individual women who are doing their part to help the women who are running for office this year.
On this week’s show, we’re going to introduce you to three, in particular, with whom we’ve crossed paths, who we believe are worthy of a big Run Like A Girl shout out for going above and beyond in advancing women in politics. They are responsible for backing amazing projects that back amazing women! Their projects include: #Women2018.org; and #CourageToRun5K; and WomenBelongInTheHouse Podcast.
Tracy Pattin and her 89-year-old mother, Kathy, have spent almost the entirety of 2018 traversing the country creating documentary shorts of their mother-daughter adventures – shining a spotlight on women running for office in 2018. So, we are shining light on Tracy and Kathy and www.Women2018.ORG. Hear about Tracy and Kathy’s excellent adventures and their labor of love.
You will also meet, Frieda Edgette, a former government affairs specialist, lobbyist and public health campaign operative turned certified leadership coach. She calls herself a Political Wellbeing Pioneer, and the work she does bears out that title. On September 16th of this year, she launched the first of many “Courage to Run 5K’s”. We know, because we promoted the race on our 5th episode of Run Like a Girl. “Courage to Run” is the nation’s first nonpartisan run / walk and (different kind of) political party – one that celebrates the rising wave of women getting civically active and running for office. Courage to Run 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th. Visit couragetorun.org to register now and get involved.
And, finally, in the spirit of women helping women, we’d be remiss if we didn’t share with you an excellent new podcast from Wonder Media, called WOMEN BELONG IN THE HOUSE. Host Jenny Kaplan quit her job at Bloomberg to launch Wonder Media, and WOMEN BELONG IN THE HOUSE is not only their first foray into podcasts, but it also beautifully positions their company with a mission for promoting women across the board.
This weekly pod introduces you to women running for Congress, not the least of which is her own mother, Kathy Manning, who is running to represent North Carolina’s District 13.www.wondermedianetwork.com According to the PEW Research Center, women are more likely than men to say they are paying increased attention to politics… nearly six in ten women versus less of half of eligible male voters.
This survey was conducted back in July, well before the Kavanaugh hearings and subsequent appointment divided an already fragmented electorate along party and gender lines. Odds are, and hopes are that more women on both sides of the aisle have been galvanized to get out and vote in November. And, if that proves to be true, on our post election show, we’ll be celebrating the women voters who voted in the women who ran. And, that is good reason to celebrate.
In our candidate spotlight, Ruth Hardy, a woman who is not only running for office, but she is going above and beyond and helping others run in her home state of Vermont.
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