Women's movement series: Democratic women running, GOP...
In a four part series on the women's movement, WFUV digs into a host of issues ranging from women challenging incumbent Democrats in New York, female candidates snubbing the GOP, how the 'pink tax' affects low-income women in New York, and how some women feel left out of today's female activism.
The number of women committing to run for a spot in Congress in the 2018 midterms is double what it was two years ago, according to data from the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics. As part of a series on the women's movement in 2018, WFUV explores the campaigns of two women running for office for the first time. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Alessandra Biaggi are running for geographically overalapping congressional and state senate districts respectively. They talk about the difficulties ahead in the entrenched incumbents they are challenging and how they hope to change New York politics.
Buying something small, like a razor in a drug store, can sometimes be more expensive based on something like its color, namely pink. New York's Department of Consumer Affairs says women pay almost 10 percent more for a host of products. At a local store, a pink razor that is identical in quality to a blue one costs about 11 percent more on average. In a series on the women's movement, WFUV looks into the so-called "pink tax" in New York.
2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for women running for office. But the gains being made aren't the same across party lines. The House is where most women are jumping into local races, according to the Rutgers Center for American Women in Politics. This year, it is estimated that almost 200 women are challenging incumbents from the opposite party but less than 10 percent of those women are running for the Republican party. As part of a series on the women's movement, WFUV digs into why more women are choosing to run as Democrats than as Republicans.
4) "It felt like pageantry." Advocates unhappy with the Women's March and today's feminist activism.
Movements like #MeToo and the Women's March in the past year have impacted the national discourse about American women. But as part of a series on the women's movement, WFUV talked to women of color and transgender women who say they feel left out of the narrative in today's conversation about women.