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      Because the current state of affairs in the USA (and even the world) has so many mothers of young children filled with dismay, and has triggered deep concern for their children's future, more women of young children are running for political office - in a surge of Democratic candidates.

      In the past, women have waited until their children were older and could fend for themselves before running for political office - that is if they chose to run at all. The United States has few helpful social supports for working families, and in the past it has been seen as a barrier to political office for women to have young children, since so many women are expected to manage the majority of responsibilities in the home.

      But now, that seems to be changing since Trump was elected and the Republicans have held the majority in both houses. Rallying rhetoric includes women's disgust with lack of affordable health care and gun control, education's decline, and lack of concern for kids with disabilities.

      According to the author of the following piece, "Motherhood in this midterm season is not just a credential for public office, it's a potent weapon."


      CreditKiersten Essenpreis

      By SUSAN CHIRA (edited for length)

      The symbols of motherhood in American political life have long been comforting and predictable: a gauzy family tableau in campaign ads, with smiling kids gathering for a meal. The ads were meant to disarm voters, to show them that women were running for office to take care of people. It wasn’t about personal ambition — it was about serving others, the way a mom would.

      That’s not the motherhood of 2018 political ads. Motherhood in this midterm season is not just a credential for public office. It’s a potent weapon.

      Several Democratic candidates tell wrenching stories of their sick children, explaining that the prospect of losing their health insurance had prompted the candidates to run for office. At least two women running for governor, in Wisconsin and Maryland, introduced themselves to voters with scenes of them breast-feeding. And Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who on Monday became the first senator to give birth while in office, has been pressing to change a Senate prohibition on bringing children onto the floor, which could impede a breast-feeding mother’s voting.

      A few women with very young children have decided to run, despite research suggesting that voters can be uneasy about how female candidates with young children will juggle public and private duties. Instead, these candidates are proclaiming that their expertise with multitasking equips them to cut through gridlock.

      Health care is a rallying cry, particularly among Democratic candidates. Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, running for Congress in Illinois, told the story of her son Jack’s battle with a life-threatening illness. He was placed in a coma, and doctors warned that he could emerge with brain damage. Although he fully recovered, Ms. Londrigan said she decided to run for office when the House passed its attempted repeal of Obamacare in May and she watched her congressman at a triumphant appearance with President Trump. “Seeing them celebrate taking health care away from people — it was like a knife to the heart,” she said.

      Several candidates who are mothers cite fears for their children as the root of their support or opposition to gun control. Kelda Roys, who is running in a crowded primary for governor of Wisconsin, described picking up her daughter at preschool and hearing about how she had to hide and be very quiet. Her 3-year-old was describing an active-shooter drill.

      Women running for office in both parties have long used their status as mothers to explain their policy stances. Kelly Ayotte, the former Republican senator from New Hampshire, ran an ad that cited her children as a reason to cut wasteful spending, said Kelly Dittmar, a political scientist at the Center for American Women and Politics. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican of Washington, who gave birth to three children while in Congress, cited her son’s Down syndrome to object to those who would abort fetuses with the condition.
      By and large, though, Republican portraits of motherhood have tended to be more traditional, Ms. Dittmar said.

      By contrast, this newest group of Democratic candidates seems more outspoken and unconventional. They do not appear to be concerned about research suggesting that motherhood should be conveyed in safe doses — some pictures of the children but not too many lest voters doubt women’s credentials.

      Continue Reading https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/sunday-review/m...

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          opie
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          I definitely believe 2018 is the year of women, at least in the Democratic Party. And it appears that more than attorneys are running for office this year. We are seeing teachers, nurses, stay-at-home mothers and others running this year. All of this is good. Great contribution.

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              opie
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              Dam* right, Moms. Run. Seize control. Redirect the Beltway - it is family's that matter most of all. Not corporations writing personal checks to beltway bureaucrats or individual donors or pandering special interest delegates to either of the two major party's.

              RUN. The best demographic for me would be - women in the Congress and hopefully the first woman in the White House - who aren't aligned with either the Dem or GOP party. If we are serious about changing a corrupted pandering Beltway - for good.

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                  Dala Horse
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                  It is unlikely that a third party candidate would win a presidential election in 2020, and it is too critical of an election to risk allowing republicans to win again. The Democratic Party is not perfect, but it is our best hope to once again clean up the mess republicans have made to the nation.

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                          opie
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                          It will be interesting to see just how much, percentage wise, things will change in Congress after the election. I am hoping women will gain many seats and start dismantling this good ole boys club we call Congress.

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                              Richard Caslon
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                              I believe it would be good for our country to have a more even distribution of women and men in political office. As the saying goes, "women hold up half the sky."

                              Women Hold Up Half the Sky” asserts that the central moral challenge of the 21st century is the full emancipation of the world's women. It is inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer-prize winning authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

                              https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-grant/women-hold-up-half-the-sk_b_1269604.html

                              Thanks very much for sponsoring and sharing this post Richard Caslon

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                                      opie
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                                      There will be several records broken this fall.


                                      US house has 432 women setting their sights on the November midterm elections. The Senate has 55 women in the running.


                                      there are 3035 total seats in the running for the House and Senate this fall. Only two states have not listed who is running as of yet.


                                      House Records to Beat

                                      Filed: Previous record 298 (190D, 108R) in 2012, record beaten in 2018.

                                      Won primaries: 167 (120D, 47R) in 2016

                                      Number of women serving: 84 (2013, ‘14, ’15, ’16, ’17)


                                      http://cawp.rutgers.edu/potential-candidate-summar...

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                                          When we lift women up, we lift up their families. We come in all colors, religions, creeds, gay, straight and trans. We are not lock step but the majority are intense about the well being and futures of our children. Children represent our own future.

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                                                  Ghostolini
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                                                  While women are not yet close to true equity in our government, more of them are looking at the necessity of getting things that they want done by being in political office to do it!

                                                  One barrier: Some religions are opposed to it.

                                                  Thanks very much for your sponsoring and sharing this post Ghostolini

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