A tidal wave of women running for office

It looks like 2006 is shaping up to be quite the year for women running for office, according to Women's eNews:

Currently 185 women are running for or considering bids for the House this election year, Morales said, marking what most call a record high at this point in the election cycle. At least 20 more women are running for or weighing bids for the Senate and at least 17 others are running for or interested in gubernatorial seats.

These numbers have fed hopes that women's ranks will grow this fall.

Women, currently with 15 percent of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, could--if they gained 16 seats--reach 20 percent of the chamber, said Clare Giesen, executive director of the Washington-based National Women's Political Caucus, another group devoted to electing pro-choice women. That would give them the critical mass that experts believe women need to heavily influence politics and policy.

Sure, it feels a little rough when we're looking forward to women gaining a mere 20% of the House, but considering the track record, it'd be quite an accomplishment. As stated in the article, the fact that groups who work towards electing pro-choice women to office, such as EMILY's List, are having a hard time choosing between various candidates in certain races is a fantastic signal of hope.

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