A record number of women have filed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Hamline University Political Science Professor David Schultz said, “After the Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas hearings back in the early 1990’s, 1991 — we saw a record number of women run in 92. And since then the numbers running and the number of female officeholders has gone down relatively speaking. And so we are seeing that resurgence happen again this year for the first time — literally in almost 25 years.”

The #MeToo movement has helped fuel a wave of first-time women running for office.

Schultz believes some will have a tough road ahead of them because, “Unlike men, women generally don’t have much access to capital or political money to be able to run — and that’s been a problem in the past. Often times women are faced with stereotypes and sexism still lingers in our society. And as well as balancing family, political and perhaps career at the same time.”

 

This year, more than half of the DFL House candidates — nearly 70 — are women. Republicans, who control the House by a 77-57 margin, had fewer slots to fill but still landed 32 female candidates.