Standing on Their Shoulders: Suffragists, Women’s PACs, and Demands for Women’s Representation

Standing on Their Shoulders: Suffragists, Women’s PACs, and Demands for Women’s Representation

By Rosalyn Cooperman, University of Mary Washington and Melody Crowder-Meyer, Davidson College

Although 2018 has been called another “Year of the Woman,” increases in women’s representation that year were party-specific. Historically, women’s organizations fought to expand women’s representation in both parties; however, the fruit of these efforts is currently concentrated among Democrats. Indeed, women contributed funds in record numbers in 2018, but the majority of women donors supported Democratic women candidates (Haley 2018), and liberal women’s political action committees (PACs) played a prominent role in raising those funds.

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