2018 Midterm Election Rundown

We'll be continually updating this page with news, recaps, fun (and not so fun) facts, trending posts, and our take on how the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections will impact women moving forward.

November 16, 2018, 8pm

What's Happening on Social


November 15, 2018, 3pm

News to Note

From cookies to Congress: More than half the women elected to the 116th Congress were Girl Scouts

“Young women who participate in Girl Scouts leave with more than just a green vest, some hard-earned badges and a knack for driving cookie sales. Girl Scouts have a track record of growing up to become leaders — especially in Congress.”


November 14, 2018, 10am

National Conversation: Road to Run

She Should Run's National Conversation: Road to Run took place last night in New York City, and you can watch the entire program right here. Tune in below for a special post-election debrief that saw women candidates, recent winners, and key thought leaders unpack what it means for women to run budgets, businesses, and campaigns in record numbers.


November 9, 2018, 10am

That's What She Said

"This year’s crop of women candidates weren’t willing to 'wait their turn.' They ran because they wanted to make sure voices like theirs were heard in Washington and in state capitols across the country. If this is the new norm, we’ll see more women running in the future, and more women running means more women winning.”

Debbie Walsh
Director of the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/09/women-broke-election-records-laid-groundwork-future-success-column/1931685002/


November 9, 2018, 9am

News to Note

Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the year of victory red lipstick

File this under questions we will no longer ask female candidates “Can a congresswoman wear her hair in braids, rock a black leather jacket and a bold red lip?”



November 8, 2018, 10:30am

How Far Did Women Move the Needle?*

*These numbers are as of Thursday morning. There are a few races that are still outstanding.

Source: Center for American Women in Politics


November 7, 2018, 8:30pm

Candidates from the She Should Run Community


November 7, 2018, 6:30pm

News to Note

Guam Has Just Elected Its First-Ever Female Governor

"Lou Leon Guerrero, the current president of the Bank of Guam, has been elected the first female governor of the U.S. island territory, beating her incumbent opponent, Republican Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, by more than 8,600 votes, according to final unofficial results released 7 a.m. Wednesday morning local time."


November 7, 2018, 6pm

We have a little something in our eye


November 7, 2018, 5pm

A Friendly Reminder from She Should Run...

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November 7, 2018, 5pm

What's Happening on Social


November 7, 2018, 2:30pm

News to Note

Op-Ed: The 2018 Female Candidates Completely Rewrote The Playbook For How To Run A Campaign

In this op-ed, Erin Loos Cutraro, She Should Run's Founder and CEO, examines how women approached their campaigns from a different point of view during this election and disregarded the male-dominated status quo.

"On the campaign trail, they spoke about health care policies, weaving in their personal stories on debt and divorce. They left their pantsuits at home, and proudly exposed their tattoos. In political ads, they put motherhood front and center and breastfed. They showed their physical strength while boxing, mountain climbing, and more."

If the results of this election are any indication, changing the playbook is working.


November 7, 2018, 2pm

How We Feel About all this Record-breaking and Milestone-making

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November 7, 2018, 1:30pm

That's What She Said

"[But my husband] finally just said, ‘Time out. Do you mean to tell me that you think it’s a bad thing for our children to see their mother run for Congress?’...And that moment was very pivotal for me because I had been thinking about it all wrong...Moms do hard things and we need more moms and we need more moms doing hard things.”

Kendra Fershee
Democratic challenger for West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District

Source: http://www.wvpublic.org/post/meet-wva-women-challenging-political-norm-female-candidates


November 7, 2018, 1:30pm

Candidates from the She Should Run Community


November 7, 2018, 10am

That's What She Said

“Growing up, I never thought someone would look like me in a position of leadership. My hope is that tonight’s victory shows young Native people across the state that anything is possible. I want every young woman in Minnesota to know, black, white, brown, indigenous, that you can grow up and you can lead this state. And my job will be to hold the door open for people who never thought that day was possible.”

Peggy Flanagan
Elected Minnesota Lieutenant Governor

Source: https://www.thelily.com/women-won-big-on-tuesday-heres-what-happens-next/l


November 7, 2018, 9am

News to Note

Democrats, 4 of Them Women, Win House Seats in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has never elected more than 2 women at a time to Congress, but this year they're sending 4 victorious women candidates to Washington and setting a new state record for women's representation in the process.


November 1, 2018, 9pm

That's What She Said

“I had a few people tell me that maybe I didn’t have the right body part to be a governor. I said to them, ‘That’s unfortunate, but we’re going to win. And we’re going to do some really big things.’”

Kristi Noem
First Female Governor in South Dakota

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/us-midterm-elections-2018-whoever-wins-record-rise-in-women-candidates-will-be-the-story-of-the-a3981751.html


November 7, 2018, 8:30am

Celebrating Women Candidates with Song

Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/joan-jett-fresh-start-video-752854/


November 6, 2018, 10:30pm

Recognizing the Firsts

Source: https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-pol-women-elected/


November 6, 2018, 8pm

Data and Charts and Stats...OH MY!

Percentage of Women Candidates in Major Party General Elections


November 6, 2018, 8pm

Watching the Results Start to Come In

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November 6, 2018, 7pm

News to Note

Op-Ed: Black Women Leaders Are Following In Shirley Chisholm's Footsteps On Election Day

"50 years ago today, Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn shattered the glass ceiling to become the first Black woman elected to Congress." Chisholm's work to get in office and while in office expanded what was possible for prospective Black women leaders today. Her legacy lives on.


November 6, 2018, 6pm

What's Happening on Social


November 6, 2018, 3pm

How We're Feeling Right now

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November 6, 2018, 1pm

News to Note

Op-Ed: Baltimore's Question H Supports Future Female Candidates

In Baltimore, the "gender gap in fundraising" has historically detered or prohibited women from running for office. Today, voters in Baltimore will decide whether or not to amend the Baltimore City Charter to establish a Fair Election Fund, allowing local candidates to access matching funds from small-dollar donations. Many feel this will especially benefit future women candidates, who the data shows rely more on small-dollar donations and may have commitments (like caring for others in their communities) that affect their income and fundraising potential.


November 5, 2018, 4pm

How Far Can Women Move the Needle?

Source: Center for American Women in Politics


November 5, 2018, 2pm

What's Happening on Social


November 2, 2018, 9am

Data and Charts and Stats...OH MY!


November 1, 2018, 9pm

That's What She Said

"Even in a best-case scenario, we’re not solving the gender discrepancy in government this election cycle. There are going to be some great wins and there are going to be some devastating losses. It’s going to feel big and heavy. But I think that the urgency of change—the need to diversify the voices in positions of power—will continue to drive women to step forward. Will there be a pause right after the election? It’s possible. My hope is there’s not. My hope is that people see that there is a way in—now let’s break these doors open and go for it."

Erin Loos Cutraro
Founder & CEO, She Should Run


November 1, 2018, 8pm

What's Happening on Social