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As more women run for office, U.S. statelegislatures are poised to change


FILE PHOTO:Protesters demonstrate during the Women's March on Washington outside the WhiteHouse in Washington


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As women line up to run for U.S. politicaloffice at historic rates, state legislatures - where some of America's mostcritical policy decisions get made - could see a slew of new female lawmakersafter November's vote, according to a Reuters analysis of election data.


In Michigan, for example, a state that proved pivotal in electingRepublican President Donald Trump in 2016, only 23 percent of state lawmakersare women. But this year, a woman will appear on the Michigan ballot forgovernor, attorney general, secretary of state and in 63 percent of the state'sSenate seats and 71 percent of its House seats.


Nationally, if women candidates are as successful as they havebeen for the past two decades - their historic rate of victory is about 60percent - the number of women in state legislatures could reach an all-timehigh of about 40 percent, according to an analysis


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This year, women have already broken the record for major partynominees in governor's races and, with every primary completed, the number ofwomen candidates for state legislatures is reaching new highs, according tototals tracked by the Center for American Women and Politics at RutgersUniversity http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu.

由罗格斯大学(RutgersUniversity)美国妇女与政治中心(Center forAmerican women and Politics)追踪的数据显示,今年,女性在州长竞选的提名中打破了常规记录,随着每一次主要选举结束,女性候选人的数量达到了一个新的高度。

That happened in primary elections on Tuesday when Christine Hallquist,a transgender woman, secured the Democratic nomination for governor in Vermont.And in Minnesota, two women will face off in a special election for the U.S.Senate.


Some think the numbers of women winning their races could be evenhigher than historical records predict.


"In past years, a lot of political consultants, members ofthe media have looked at being a woman as a potential disadvantage, somethingyou had to overcome," said Delacey Skinner, a Democratic strategistworking with women congressional candidates.

Delacey Skinner ,一名与女性国会候选人合作的民主党策略家,她说:“在过去的几年,很多政治顾问,媒体人都会将女性视作一种潜在的弱点,这种观念是你必须要去克服的。”

But she and others believe outrage over Trump's often offensivecomments about women will motivate voters. "It's a real advantage torunning as a woman this year," she said.


Gretchen Driskell, aDemocratic member of the Michigan legislature who is running for Congress, saidshe has seen evidence in her time in the legislature that women governdifferently.


"Women were far more interested in solving problems that wetalked about instead of presenting problems as win versus lose," Driskellsaid.


At a recent training session in northern Virginia, most of theroughly 50 women who spent the day in a hotel conference room were trying tobegin campaigns to run for county or city offices – which Emily's Listofficials say was evidence that the pipeline will be full of women for decadesto come.

在最近的一次训练当中,在弗吉尼亚州北部的大约50名妇女花了一整天在酒店会议室正在开始为县(市)公职竞选做准备——Emily's List的行政人员说,有证据表明在以后的几十年里,会有更多女性参与其中。