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Trump Win Spurs Women Into Political Action

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By    |   Monday, 02 Jan 2017 01:52 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election is resulting in a spike in the number of women considering political campaigns, The Guardian reports.

VoteRunLead, an organization dedicated to training women to become politicians, usually receives between 30 and 80 applicants for their web seminars.

"In a 48-hour period after the election, we had 1,100 women sign up for our next webinar and we had to close it and start a wait list," Erin Vilardi, executive director of VoteRunLead, told the paper.

"Most women said they woke up on November 9 and realized they could no longer just spectate or click on online petitions; they wanted to know how to run for office, whether it's the school board, the city council, state or national representation," she added.

Trump's rhetoric, policies, and choice of Cabinet members have rattled progressive women. On Dec. 28, The New York Times published an op-ed titled "How Donald Trump's Health Secretary Pick Endangers Women," which accuses Trump of taking "a giant step toward undermining the health of American women" with his selection of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Denver police detective Victoria Oliver told the Guardian that she enrolled in a course that prepares candidates for future elections after Trump's win in November.

"They've picked a petulant boy to run our nation, instead of this incredible woman who was such a force and won the popular vote," she said.

"We are a force to be reckoned with," Oliver added. "Our time is coming."

Eve Hurwitz, a Navy officer turned financial software consultant, has been training with VRL in hopes of running for Virginia state legislature "within six to 12 months."

"Trump tipped me over the edge," she told the Guardian. "I thought: what's stopping me?"

Emily's List, a PAC that supports pro-choice, Democratic female candidates, reports that they "have seen an unprecedented number of women raising their hands, wanting to run," according to deputy executive director Denise Feriozzi. She added that Emily's List is honing in on gubernatorial races up for grabs in 2018.

"We've had a lot of success in getting women elected to Congress but there are only two Democratic women governors in the country," said Feriozzi.

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President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election is resulting in a spike in the number of women considering political campaigns, The Guardian reports. VoteRunLead, an organization dedicated to training women to become politicians, usually receives between 30 and...
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