One of the biggest stories to come out of the upcoming midterm elections is the record number of women running for office: Almost 600 women, the highest number ever, threw their hat into the ring for the House of Representatives, the Senate, and governorships across the country, according to The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). Yes, women are on track to send more members of Congress to Washington than ever before.
Many of these women are mothers, eager to get other moms to vote. Their theory: Parents voting parents into office to represent the needs of families in Congress. “Moms know what it’s like to juggle childbirth, work, and career interests,” says Amy McGrath, who’s running for the House of Representatives in Kentucky. “These are health and economic issues that affect many people. We need a seat at the table, or at the very least need to be in the room.”