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Women belong in the House

Leading up to the 2018 Midterm Elections, WMN presented its first original show, which dug into the incredible stories of the record numbers of women who ran for Congress. In the show, Jenny Kaplan guided listeners through interviews with candidates — plus experts and thought leaders — to explain why there are so few women in office, what it would mean if there were more, and how Congress would change if it looked more like the people it represents.


I Got It From My Mama

Midterms are rapidly approaching and a record number of women are running for office. But why are there so few elected women to begin with? We’re telling candidates’ stories and talking about the broader context. This week, we’re discussing the motivation to run. Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with a candidate who hits close to home -- really close to home. Jenny’s mom, Kathy Manning, is running to represent NC District 13.


It’s About Money, Honey

Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with Betsy Rader, a Democrat running in OH-14. Betsy shares her reasons for running and describes how money has shaped her life and her candidacy. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from IL-17, also makes a guest appearance.


Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

This week we're talking about women and the GOP. Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with Cristina Osmeña, a Republican running in CA-14. Experts share their perspectives on why the Republican party is lagging when it comes to recruiting women candidates and how that could affect the party moving forward.


Bonus Ep. 1: Emily Cain

With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited interviews from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. For our first, Host Jenny Kaplan talks with Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY's List.


Unbought and Unbossed

It's been 50 years since Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress. This week, we're talking about people following in her footsteps -- women of color and specifically black women who are running for office this November. Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with Lauren Underwood, a Democrat running in IL-14. Experts share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for women candidates of color.


Bonus Ep. 2: A’shanti Gholar

With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited interviews from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. Host Jenny Kaplan talks with A’shanti Gholar, political director of Emerge America and founder of the Brown Girls Guide to Politics.


Jumping the Confidence Gap

Women tend to run for office less. Part of that is due to the fact that there's a confidence gap when it comes to women believing they are qualified to run. This week, we're talking to a woman who has overcome that obstacle and has made the decision to run -- twice. Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with Angie Craig, a Democrat running in a rematch in MN-02. Experts share their perspectives about the different ambitions of men and women and about how women are bringing more authenticity to the campaign trail.


Bonus Ep. 3: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited interviews from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. This week, we share Host Jenny Kaplan's discussion with Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois' 8th District.


Females Are Strong as Hell

Historically, stereotypes about women focused on the frailties of the "weaker sex." But many women running for office this year prove those ideas false. Candidates have held positions in the military, intelligence agencies, and State Department. Over the next three episodes, we're speaking with three such women. This week, Host Jenny Kaplan chats with Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat running in PA-06. Experts share their perspectives about how different careers add to and influence policy perspectives and political races.


The Name’s Spanberger, Abigail Spanberger

Historically, stereotypes about women focused on the frailties of the "weaker sex." But many women running for office this year prove those ideas false. Candidates have held positions in the military, intelligence agencies, and State Department. This is the second of three episodes in which we're speaking with such women. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat running in VA-07. Abigail talks about her experiences as former CIA operations officer and how her background in intelligence drove her to run. Experts share their perspectives on how different careers add to and influence policy perspectives and political races.


Bonus Ep. 4: NWP Equality Salon - Gender, Race, and American Politics in 2018

With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited content from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. This week, host Jenny Kaplan attends a panel put on by the National Woman's Party in Washington D.C. Chris Jahnke leads a discussion with Leah Daughtry, A'shanti Gholar, and Kelly Dittmar on the movement of women stepping up to run.


Putting the Diplomacy Back in D.C.

Historically, stereotypes about women focused on the frailties of the “weaker sex.” But many women running for office this year prove those notions false. Candidates have held positions in the military, intelligence agencies, and the State Department. This is the third of three episodes in which we’re speaking with women whose career experiences exemplify strength. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with Lauren Baer, a Democrat running in FL-18. Lauren was a senior advisor to both of President Barack Obama’s secretaries of state and to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Lauren talks about how her background in diplomacy and international relations impacted her decision to run. Experts share their perspectives on how different careers add to and influence policy perspectives and political races.


A Case for the Religious Left

The most vocal parts of the Christian community are often associated with the Republican party. But our candidate today says her progressive values stem from her faith. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with Tabitha Isner, a Democrat running in AL-02. Turning a deep red district blue is a real challenge, but recent political history in Alabama shows it’s not an impossibility. Tabitha talks about how her experiences as an ordained minister and a foster mom have shaped her political perspective. Experts share thoughts on the sway of party and candidates challenging “safe” opponents.


Bonus Ep. 5: Rebecca Traister

With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited interviews from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. This week, Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with author and journalist Rebecca Traister about today's feminism, women in the midterms, and her book, "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger."


Running to Stay - An Incumbent Story

Women make up less than 20 percent of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In previous episodes, we’ve featured women running to serve in the chamber for the first time. This week, we’re telling the story of a woman who’s already made it and hopes to stay. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with Representative Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from IL-17, who is on the ballot for her fourth term. Cheri talks about what it felt like when she ran the first time and how that contrasts with her experience today. Experts share thoughts on the benefits of being an incumbent.


A Name for the History Books

Native American and Native Alaskan women make up 1 percent of the U.S. population, yet there has never been a Native woman in Congress. It looks like that’s about to change. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with the woman who’s favored to make history on Tuesday: Deb Haaland, a Democrat from NM-01. Deb talks about how her experiences as a single mom and a Native American have shaped her political perspective. Experts share thoughts on the challenges of candidates of color, the effectiveness of a strong ground game, and the potential impact of voter suppression.


Bonus Ep. 6: Brenda Carter

With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited interviews from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. This week, Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with Brenda Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, about how our government might be different if it looked more like the people it represents.


An Election Day Double Feature

Today is the day! A record number of women have stepped up to run this election. We're telling their stories. We covered why women run less and how their motivation to run differs from their male counterparts. We talked about money, race, and religion in politics. We dove into the differences between the two biggest political parties and we examined how incredible women are upending historical stereotypes. This week, we bring it all together. Host Jenny Kaplan tells the stories of Lucy McBath a Democrat running in GA-06 and Leslie Cockburn, a Democrat running in VA-05.


Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

Election Day 2018 has come and gone. The results were historic. A record number of women will serve in the House of Representatives next year. While many great candidates won, many also lost. This week, we're talking about the latter. Host Jenny Kaplan's mom, Kathy Manning, was one of the candidates who lost. Kathy ran as a Democrat to represent North Carolina's 13th District. She speaks with Jenny about loss, lessons from the campaign, and why it was all worth it. Experts talk about the election results and loss as a regular hurdle for politicians seeking office.


What Comes Next

With Election Day 2018 in the rearview mirror, what happens next? The results were historic. How do our newly elected officials channel that momentum as they enter the House? For women who won, the path ahead is pretty clear. For women who lost, it’s less so. And for the volunteers who stepped up to help on all these exciting campaigns, it’s perhaps the least clear of all the best ways to stay involved. This week, Host Jenny Kaplan seeks answers to all of the above. She finds many of them at VoteRunLead's Women & Power 2018 National Town Hall, where winners and losers from across the country -- and on both sides of the aisle -- share thoughts and stories. Experts talk about logistical next steps for candidates and how movements can keep volunteer momentum.