She VotesThis week, NPR will look at the role of women in the 2014 election. We'll focus on women voters, how the political parties court them and the challenge of of persuading women to run for office.
Democratic House candidate Kara Eastman participates in a 4th of July parade in Ralston, Neb. Women Democratic House candidates like Eastman are generally being significantly outraised by their male Democratic counterparts.
In this July 29, 2018, photo, rookie Democratic candidate Lauren Underwood greets supporters at the opening of her campaign office in St. Charles, Ill., 100 days before the midterm election.
A woman shouts slogans during the Women's March in New York City, January 20, 2018, as protestors took to the streets en masse across the United States. It was a sign of lasting outrage, coming a year after the first women's marches following President Trump's inauguration.
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Rep. Coya Knutson (D-Minn.), is shown shopping in a supermarket in 1955 following her demand to know why her fellow housewives remain saddled with high grocery bills while farm income continues to drop.
Rep. Linda Sanchez, seen with her son, Joaquin, says balancing her duties as a mother and a member of Congress can be a struggle, but she's lucky to have the flexibility of being a boss.
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame takes part in a conference on the role of women at the nation's Parliament in the capital, Kigali, in 2010. Women in Rwanda account for 64 percent of the lower house of Parliament — a higher percentage than in any other country.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., asks a question of a witness on Capitol Hill during a June 2013 committee hearing. Since her appointment in 2009, Gillibrand has become one of the Senate's top fundraisers.
"We have allowed ourselves to be branded [in] a way I do not feel is representative of who we are as Republicans," says Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., of her party's negative reputation on women's issues.
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