New NPR Series: 'She Votes' NPR News series 'She Votes' looks at women's growing influence on politics, reports on NPR Newsmagazines and May 3-10.
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New NPR Series: 'She Votes'


Wide-Ranging Series Looks at Women's Growing Influence on Politics
Reports on NPR Newsmagazines and May 3-10

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With the 2014 midterm elections around the corner, the NPR News series "She Votes" takes a comprehensive look at the growing influence women have on American politics and how both parties are courting both female voters and candidates with unusual vigor.

"She Votes" airs all this week during the NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition (find local station schedules at On-air and online reports will also be available throughout the week at The NPR News blog It's All Politics will aggregate Instagram photos tagged with #shevotes, that female audience-members submit to represent the person or event that first inspired them to get involved in politics.

Reported by four of NPR's female correspondents on the frontlines of political news, the wide-ranging series explores how women are voting and what drives them to the polls, the challenges female candidates face and how they govern once elected. Additional details are available, below:

Why She Votes

Single women came out in droves to support President Obama in 2012, but historically they don't vote in off-year elections. NPR reports dig deeply into the numbers, issues and tone to better understand what gets single women to the polls.

  • All the single ladies. "5 Things To Know About Single Women Voters"
  • The ads. Is an emotional Hallmark ad enough to sway female voters? The demographic trends and market research that help explain what inspires the single woman's vote.
  • Issues or tone? How the GOP is wooing more women without alienating their male base.

How She Gets Elected

The United States ranks #84 on the global list of countries that elect women. NPR looks at the historical patterns and contemporary challenges that diminish the pool of female candidates.

  • Cash cowgirls. Thirty years after EMILY's list began raising seed money to get female candidates in the game, women are leading fundraisers in both parties – yet political donors exhibit strikingly familiar patterns. What gives?
  • Where are all the female candidates? Recruiters for both parties say it's hard to persuade women to run for office.
  • The Iowa issue. Iowa is one of only two states that have never elected a woman to Congress or as governor. With several opportunities to finally send a woman to Washington, will 2014 be the year that Iowa finally ends its streak?

Power, Partisanship and Gender

Down and dirty or fair and square? NPR examines the intersection of power, partisanship and gender.

  • Power. Profiles of ten women to watch during this election cycle.
  • Partisanship. As women voters and politicians gain further influence, should we be surprised that Congress has seen increased partisanship?
  • Gender. There are a growing number of female Congresswomen with school-aged children. Where do politics and motherhood intersect?

The NPR News "She Votes" series kicks off 2014 midterm elections coverage from the award-winning, multimedia news organization. NPR programming reaches 26 million radio listeners each week and 23 million people monthly on digital platforms. In collaboration with more than 900 local radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to provide the public with a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit


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