WASHINGTON — If there’s one area where President Donald Trump has been effective, it’s at inspiring women to run for office to fight against everything he represents.
A staggering number of first-time female candidates has emerged over the past year. More than 26,000 girls have reached out to EMILY’s List, an organization that recruits and trains pro-choice Democratic girls, about launching a campaign. Merely 920 female potential candidates contacted the group in 2015 and 2016 blended. Run for Something, which develops young Democrats to run for local and state seats, has recruited 15,000 people since its launch in late 2016. The vast majority of them are female.
HuffPost fulfilled several women last year who were either thinking about running or who did run for the first time, and we got to thinking: What happened to them? Did they follow through with it? Did they win? If they lost, what are they supposed to do now?
We tracked down six of these women from around the country to see where they landed and what their plans are for 2018. They’ve taken different tracks, but all said they are committed to pushing back on Trump’s rhetoric and polices however they can.