Change starts somewhere, and for 2018, of the 36 states holding elections for governor, 14 candidates will be women. Of the 14 candidates, 5 will be women of color, a feat that is amazingly (or sadly depending on your view) historic. “In addition to Abrams, there is Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) in New Mexico, who was the first Latina woman elected to Congress from the state; Paulette Jordan (D) in Idaho, who would become the first Native American governor if elected; Hawaii Republican Andria Tupola, who is of Samoan and Native Hawaiian descent; and Lupe Valdez (D) in Texas.”
In 2016, only six women filed to run for governor. This year, 61 filed for more than 10x the increase from 2016. While there are many more governor positions up for grabs, these numbers are unprecedented for the governor positions as well as for women running for U.S. House and Senate.
While there is reason to be optimistic it is important to note that many of the women running are doing so against states that are majority opposing party such as Abrams (D) in Georgia or Tupola (R) in Hawaii.
Regardless, change must start somewhere, and 2018 may be the year where women begin to increase the political spectrum of America.