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David A. Hopkins

Trump’s Surprising Legacy: More Female Candidates — in Both Parties

Republican and Democratic women are running for office in increasing numbers, and 2024 could be the biggest year yet.

The beginning of the current surge of activism.

The beginning of the current surge of activism.

Photographer: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 inspired a surge in political activism among Democratic women. Six years later, that energy remains mostly intact — and has spread to the Republican Party as well.

Beginning with the Women’s March in 2017, held on Trump’s first full day as president, the anti-Trump “resistance” movement spoke with a distinctly female voice. Scholars and journalists who examined grassroots liberal politics during the Trump years observed a proliferation of women-led citizen networks dedicated to defeating the president and his Republican allies.