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Record number of women seeking seats in US Congress

AFP  |  Washington 

A record number of women are running for the US in November, a surge that follows a year marked by the #MeToo movement and defiance of

After another round of in several states yesterday, more than 180 women, at least, will vie for a seat in the in November's midterm election.

"It's official," the (CAWP) said after the voting in Kansas, and

"We've broken the record for women major party nominees for in any year." Until now the record was 167.

In another record, at least 11 women are running for state governor, the group said on Until now that number had peaked at 10, in 1994.

In June, women also set a record for how many are running for the It is 42 -- 24 Democrats and 18 Republicans. The previous record was 40, set in 2016, said the CAWP.

Several women candidates in races that they have a good chance of winning are from minorities with little or no representation in

They include Rashida Tlaib, who won a yesterday in and is now poised to become the first Muslim woman elected to Several Native American women are also running for seats.

"A Native American woman has never been elected to the US Congress," CAWP said.

The strong number of female candidates comes midway through the term of Trump, whose inauguration in January 2017 was met the next day with a huge march in favor of women's rights.

It also comes as the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment of women by men in powerful positions has marked a watershed moment in US society.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 21:50 IST
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