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Time's Up, Men: More Than 300 Women File For House Races

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Norfolk, VA's Women's March, Jan 21, 2018
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Women serving in the House of Representatives made up only 19.6 percent of lawmakers in 2017, but that number could change after the 2018 midterm elections. A record-setting 309 women have filed to run for U.S. House seats this year, The Associated Press reported on Thursday. That number is expected to grow as half the states still have open filing periods. Trump’s win and the 2017 Women’s March have energized a wave of women calling for change. The past several months have also inspired women to speak out as anti-harassment movements like Time’s Up and Me Too dominate headlines. Last year, EMILY’s List announced that an “unprecedented” number of women were inspired to run for office after Trump’s election.

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