Opportunity Knocks: Now is the Time for Women Candidates


In 2017, women are mobilized and ready to run for leadership positions at every level of government. Our data supports their instincts that now is the time to run and serve. Indeed, it is an excellent time to be a woman running for office.

The Barbara Lee Family Foundation has been studying female candidates for nearly 20 years, and we’ve never seen anything quite like 2017. This year, we’ve witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of women running for office, with thousands of women - many of whom are first-time candidates - announcing campaigns for offices ranging from the school board to the Senate. Our findings in Opportunity Knocks evaluate how today’s voters perceive women candidates, what qualities they’re looking for, and how women can monitor their perceived disadvantages while making the most of the opportunities.