As the Texas Tribune reported last week, about 50 women have filed to run for Congress. Patsy Woods Martin, the executive director of Annie’s List, says there is the same trend in races for the Texas Legislature.
Annie’s List reaches out to women and helps them launch political campaigns. Martin says recruiting women to run for public office typically takes a lot of work.
“What research shows is that women are not likely to self-nominate … for running for office or in many cases leadership positions,” Martin says.
Usually, she says, it helps if someone in their community asks them to run, which is what Annie’s List tries to do. This year, Martin says, that work got much easier.