Remember when the Women’s March took D.C. by storm a few years ago?
Well, there’s a new movement of powerful women ready to take on D.C. And this time, they are coming for Capitol Hill (literally).
As first reported by Newsmax, more Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election.
Close to 200 Republican women are now seeking House seats.
That’s Nancy Pelosi’s worst nightmare!
And while the movement to bring in more Republican women to Congress is a good thing. There’s a catch.
According to the report, many are running in safe Democratic districts. And even in friendlier Republican territory, some have struggled to win primaries and are facing long-standing challenges, including fundraising, that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated.
That’s left some of these women questioning their party’s commitment to the effort and warning about longer-term effects.
“If you don’t have a Republican woman running in a winnable seat, it doesn’t really matter,” said Julie Conway, a Republican consultant who leads the Value In Empowering Women PAC, which supports GOP women for federal office.
Some Republicans fear that failing to elect more women will hurt the party as female voters increasingly are supporting Democrats. That shift, particularly in suburban areas, helped Democrats pick up enough seats to win control of the House in 2018, and will be a critical factor as Republicans try to win back the chamber this fall and boot Pelosi from her House Speaker roll.
Republican women have always had a tougher time winning office. The party has eschewed identity politics, operating more as a meritocracy that believes the best candidate will rise to the top, said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.
Voters often perceive women as less conservative than men, and particularly in the South, voters may have more socially conservative views about gender roles, in which politics is more of a man’s job, Walsh said.
Continue to keep an eye on the Republican women running for office. They could very well determine the future of the Republican Party in Congress!