Running like a Girl

Campaign secrets I learned from Emily's List, which offers boot camp for women candidates

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME; Capitol: Corbis

Running like a girl. Campaign secrets I learned from Emily's List, which offers boot camp for women candidates

I was happy about the progress women have made in getting elected to office, until I found out who they're replacing: men. This November, there are a record 15 viable female candidates in Senate races. Women took three of the five special congressional elections last year. I've looked closely at the graphs, and if this trend continues, male politicians will disappear entirely.

So, under the guise of journalism--a guise I've successfully used for nearly 20 years to get actual paychecks--I got trained as a candidate by Emily's List, a political action committee that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women. In addition...

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