The speaker giveth, and the speaker taketh away.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revoked Vice President Mike Pence's office space in the House. https://t.co/xDFfSSnGXL
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) March 12, 2019
VP is president of & has office space in the Senate. Paul Ryan broke protocol, gave Pence space in the House of Representatives – which he never should have had – and, Nancy Pelosi is returning the House back to the American people; not lobbyists & corporate America. Understand?
— Mary (@mryfrtsn) March 13, 2019
“Did Hillary inspire many women to run? Absolutely,” says political strategist Maria Cardona, adding, “I think the anger and fear of what we’re becoming after Trump really lit a fire in women’s bellies.” https://t.co/UHJTjDdKpb
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) March 12, 2019
… A record number of women ran — and won — in the 2018 midterms, and the same dynamics that led to this boost could be contributing to the increase in women presidential candidates as well.
Clinton, the first woman to secure a major-party nomination for the presidency, carved out a path that other women could follow. Research has found that women in leadership positions can serve as key role models for younger women in their field, and help improve their performance. Additionally, one person’s efforts to break a barrier can make a position seem more accessible to others in the future.
“I think that Hillary did help, but also I think the victories in 2018 helped. It proved that women can mobilize women voters,” says Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who runs Lake Research Partners…
The surge in Democratic women candidates can also be attributed, in part, to longtime investments the party has made in building a bench.
“The filling of the pipeline was a 35-year project or longer,” says Lake, who adds that Barbara Mikulski, one of the first women to join the Senate, used to joke that she was a 30-year overnight success. Emily’s List, one of the organizations that have led recruitment for women and training for women candidates, most recently heard from more than 42,000 women interested in running during the 2018 midterms…
Another ‘Hillary Effect’, IMO, is that women considering running for office could see what happened after the Worst Possible Outcome. Clinton was abused, threatened, sneered at — she had her popular-vote win stolen by Republican traitors and their foreign purchasers — and she went right on with her work. She’s not happy about what happened, but she’s still publicly modeling a good and happy life. The nuns used to tell us: Half of courage is knowing what you’re attempting has been done before. Sometimes failure is an option… but, if you work hard, you can still return safely to Earth.