Republican Party, America, Nevada discussed on The Electorette Podcast
What's really ironic here? Is that a significant share. Republican voters are women right but the party is moving in this direction. Were these women. Voters don't have representation in their chosen party. I mean I think that going back to the differences between democratic and Republican women. I think we are at this moment of sort of this. Existential threat facing Republican women candidates in the trump era as white women have have indeed swung more Democratic Post Twenty Sixteen Republican have really struggled to prevail in their primaries and they become increasingly accountable to a Republican base. That one is not that concerned with elevating women leaders and second has been found to be increasingly characterized by hostile sexism. And so I just think that there are some real questions about not just what it means for policy outcomes but also what it really means for our democracy if we are going to be in a country where only one party reflects. America you know really reflects all of the people that comprise the population that comprise the electorate. And I think that really bears some serious attention I. It is increasingly concerning that there is one political party that is becoming even more dominated by only white male leadership political leadership. You know I think we have to take a really good look at what. The implications are not just on policy but really for democracy at large right. And I'm trying to wrap my brain around what that might mean practically and what the implications might be and I can't because I don't think we've lived in the world where you know. The Republican Party has been completely white and all male or their work going pretty quickly. I mean practically what does that mean. Yeah well I mean. I think we are starting to see that writing in with the with the tremendous assaults on women's bodily autonomy that we've seen in the in the last years I mean all of this has really been taken up to such a tremendous level. You know that it really is pretty alarming so I think we have to think about kind of what what the implications are at. I know that there are some within the Republican Party in some Republican women in particular that are also concerned about this and sound the alarm bells but we have a long way to go in terms of reflective representation writ large but it is becoming increasingly stark that the two parties are in very very different places when it comes to reflective representation pride. I guess I'm having a hard time. Viewing this Outside of a partisan Lens I am a Democrat. And I'm thinking you know great. I chose the right party. I'm the party that has representation from all groups in the country and that's good. That's great for me. I chose Party. You know but I guess generally when you do have a primarily two party system. Both parties should reflect the electorate. But it's hard to fathom you know long term what that might actually look like if we do have one party. That's that's all men in a white and the other party that is representing the rest of America. And that's that's you know passing policy. That's important for the rest of America. Right. I WOULD IMAGINE. Ideally that would mean that. The party that has greater representation would be more successful than winning races. But I don't know if that's true it's it's a hard thing to kind of flush out that's right that's right and I'm really interested in this cycle this in the twenty twenty cycle because there have been some new efforts to really amp up recruitment of Republican women running for office like we're seeing continued interest. And I think the energy that we saw in twenty eighteen from the look from what I've seen from early filings. It looks like that energy will be sustained through twenty twenty in terms of democratic women running up and down ballot but there has been an effort to also be recruiting more Republican women who to run in twenty twenty and I'm very curious to see how they prevail like. That's going to be very telling and I. I think very instructive for kind of the future of the Republican Party as well. It's one of the things I was also daydreaming about. When I was reading the study was you know what we could accomplish if we did have gender parity state legislations. Because we're not there yet. We're making some gains but we're not quite there. Do you have any ideas of how we can help? Move that along. Yeah well I think the other thing that's really important to note is that I think a lot of the media coverage about this wave of women that ran in twenty eighteen. It was Kinda framed as though like every day women just suddenly woke up and I'm running for office and I think to a certain extent. There's some truth there. I mean I think there was a level of political interest in political mobilization. That happened post twenty. Sixteen that people got involved in politics at in all sorts of different new ways but we also saw in the wake of two thousand sixteen was the culmination of work. That's taken years to accomplish. And it wasn't just a spontaneous Kind of mobilization of new candidates many of these candidates have been recruited and trained by organizations working on the ground. I know you had Amanda Littman on recently run for something that might know has really been working to elect young people and especially in down ballot races. There are a number of organizations that have been recruiting and training women candidates. Lgbtq candidates black candidates lat next candidates candidates really identifying where are their strong leaders and helping give give them the skills and the training and support. They need to run for office. And so when we look at a state like Nevada and you think how did we get to this point where there's now fifty two percent whereas you know majority women legislature? Well the truth is that Nevada has had a really strong emerged chapter for many years. Twelve of the women now serving in the Nevada state legislature are emerge alums. And so not only do. Those types of programs provide the early skills building and training for. Like you know if you if you're interested in running for office. What do you need but they also provide this network for women rights as they make their decisions as they decide to run for local office for State Office. They are in communication and in in a community with all sorts of other women running and serving as well and I think some of the legislative success that we saw in the in the analysis is likely reflects the successive those types of programs as well. Because you're not then just coming into a state legislature and completely having to navigate on your own but you also have relationships with others that have kind of come up through the pipeline with you and I think that has been a real source of support and strength for a lot of newly elected women's State. Legislators plus a really important point. I hadn't thought about that. Actually that's a really excellent point about you know developing this network of women that you've come up with the same organization the same the same program and and you're right. I did have Amanda Litmanen. And she's great from run for something and I know a lot of the run for something alums have you know. They've won state races including the delegates in Virginia. And they've done really great things so I think that's a that's a really great. Starts Her woman listening to this. And you you want to run for office contact some of these groups and I'll probably publish lists in the show notes along with a link to the city for some of the groups like Emily's list or run for something in higher heights which is another one that helps elect Black women as obviously exactly a really really important programs in where we're starting to see real gains in representation not just of of women but of you know kind of all underrepresented populations it's undoubtedly a byproduct of the investment that these groups have have been making in identifying really talented individuals in helping them Helping provide the skills and the networks in the supports and indeed like all of them I. They're doing amazing work but none of them I think are kind of at this level in scale that they would ideally like to be so. There are huge opportunities to be investing in building that pipeline. And I think what we've Seen Post Twenty sixteen is that those types of investments can really reap tremendous. It's not all instantaneous. But over time they really just you know make make a huge difference in both political and policy outcomes right which is why. I think that this analysis is really important because it educates people on the fact that this isn't just about electing women just because we want. Lx women as women right. It's about the fact that women are very effective. Legislators and it's beneficial for everyone to support organizations who helped women get into office. I think that's really the key that the finding about events that productivity for legislatures as a whole increases that all legislators are more productive on that they're introducing in enacting more legislation in legislatures with greater numbers of women was to me the most important finding you know. I think all of us that are a fight for and worked to advance gender justice. Racial Justice we do this not because we only want to benefit women people of Color Cetera. But because we think it will benefit everyone and I think what we've seen from the productivity is data is that there are benefits. There are whole kind of system wide benefits to more reflective representation. Well Julie Kohler thank you so much for joining me and talking about this really important analysis and thank you so much for doing this work. Thanks so much for having me. Thank you for listening. The electorate is independently created and produced by me. Jen Taylor skinner and of course I'm the host but I also do all of the editing audio and the graphics you name it. It's on my plate so if you enjoyed this. Episode of the electorate cleese helped the electric grow by subscribing. Just hit the subscribe button. Whatever after you used to listen to podcasts. Also leave a review for the electorate on itunes lastly one final way to help. 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