April 27, 2018
Voters, Candidates, and #MeToo 

New research from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, conducted in partnership with Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research & Consulting, reveals what voters think about the #MeToo movement and how their thoughts might translate into voting decisions. Among the key findings that the majority of voters: take sexual harassment seriously; sa y that it will influence their voting decisions; and look more favorably upon candidates who take a strong stance against sexual harassment. Read more here
How Many Women (& Men) are Running in 2018? 
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) tracks candidate numbers in real time, providing a list of women candidates as well as a summary count of women running in 2018. Recently, CAWP also calculated the proportion of filed U.S. House candidates that are women in the 2018 cycle thus far. Spoiler alert: there is much more work to do. See more from CAWP at their Election Watch page. 
Debbie Lesko's (AZ-08) Win Means a Record Number of Women in Congress
Republican Debbie Lesko was successful in this week's special election for Arizona's 8th congressionaldistrict. Upon her swearing in, women will hold 20% of all congressional seats for the first time in U.S. history. Read CAWP's press release for more.
Expert Analysis

Getting Women Elected is Just the First Step
Gender Watch expert contributor Rosalyn Cooperman reminds us that  the election of women to office is but the first step of many in gaining clout and influence as decision makers. Using the case of newly elected women in Virginia's General Assembly, Cooperman illustrates the institutional challenges and opportunities afforded to new members and provides insights we all might consider when anticipating an increase in women's representation in the 2018 election cycle. Read her analysis here.
Male Candidates are Navigating Gendered Terrain Too
In a year where over 75% of candidates are men, Gender Watch expert Kelly Dittmar argues that analyzing gender in election 2018 means paying attention to the ways in which male candidates are navigating the gendered terrain of electoral politics this year. Read more here.

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