Those committed to electing Democratic women to office worried Hillary Clinton’s loss would repel female candidates. But then the sun came up

Election night 2016 was devastating for Democratic women who had hoped to elect the first female president. But it was doubly so for the organizers committed to electing Democratic women to office. They worried Hillary Clinton’s loss – to a man who boasted on tape about grabbing women – would repel female candidates from entering politics. But then the sun came up.

“It really started immediately,” said Andrea Steele, the president and founder of Emerge America, a national organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. “The next day our phone began to ring and it didn’t stop. Emails poured in. Women all over the country woke up and decided to take some action.”

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