A record number of women are heading to Congress and state legislatures across the country. More than 100 female candidates were elected to the House of Representatives, and more than 2,000 will serve in state legislative offices, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. What led to this “Women’s Wave,” and how might policies change with more women at the helm?
With more women in Congress, the inadequacy of America’s childcare system and healthcare for women will be in the spotlight, says Peggy Clark, executive director of the Global Innovators Group at the Aspen Institute. “Very often the women’s agenda is the family’s agenda,” she says. She thinks the women’s agenda is a basic human agenda. “I want my children to be able to go to school, I want to be able to take care of a healthcare need if we have a crisis, and I want my community to be safe…Women are now at a little bit better place to bring those issues forward.”
Clark speaks with Anne Mosle, executive director of Ascend, in our latest episode of Aspen Insight. Download the episode and subscribe to the podcast by searching for “Aspen Insight” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, or Stitcher. Share your thoughts and join the conversation on social media using #AspenInsight.
For more information about the topics discussed in this episode, visit the links below:
- Aspen Forum on Women and Girls
- What’s Next for Women? New Leaders for a New Moment
- The Surge of Women Into Politics
- Speaking Up