Women took over Pennsylvania’s primary race, challenging the state’s male-only politics.
“18 people representing Pennsylvania in Congress and not one of them is a woman,” explained one of the democratic congressional candidates, Jess King. “When we’re more like 51% of the population, we can simply do better.”
At least seven Pennsylvania women won their primary races securing their party’s nomination. One district will even have a face-off between red and blue women in November’s midterm elections, ensuring that at least one woman will become a house representative.
“I believe that this is the year for progressive Democrats to really be bold about the positions and to run with them,” said congressional candidate Susan Wild.
A record number of women ran in the primary and most women in Pennsylvania’s 2018 race are Democrats. The winners range from lawyers to veterans to state representatives. Some candidates could be their district’s first woman representative.
The state’s districts were recently redrawn by their supreme court, after it ruled a gerrymandering map favoring Republicans was illegal. Pennsylvania is a key state for all women and Democrats who are trying to challenge the majority in Washington — hopefully most of them will be successful in a few months.