It took 227 years for US voters to pick a woman as a major party’s nominee for president. And following Hillary Clinton’s nod in 2016, the floodgates have opened wide.
As of mid-January, more women than men have either filed paperwork to run or are exploring a bid for president in the Democratic Party. And more women are on the verge of announcing campaigns.
So far, three women have officially filed presidential exploratory committees: Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Compare this with the two Democratic men who have officially filed paperwork — former representative John Delaney of Maryland and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro.
If you include President Trump, a Republican, who is officially running for reelection, then there are three men running for president so far.
But even then, it won’t be long: Senator Kamala Harris of California, who is currently on a book tour, has reportedly decided to run — although she hasn’t yet filed paperwork. What’s more, US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is also reportedly preparing to jump into the contest, which would bring the list of women running for president up to five.
Still, history has already been made. Never before have two female senators taken official steps to run for president in the same year, as Warren and Gillibrand have done.
On the heels of the 2018 midterm elections in which women made great electoral strides across levels of government, this may not be that surprising. Indeed, joining Gabbard in the House are a record number of 102 women out of the 435-member body, according to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics.
Also of note: Technically, 465 people have filed to run for president, although many of them have not yet shown the resources or infrastructure to mount a significant campaign. They are not included in the above tally.
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