The latest cover of Time magazine has been unveiled, featuring almost 50 women who are first-time female political candidates. The cover reveal comes just before the 2018 Women's March, a timely statement considering last year's powerful demonstrations—along with the election of Donald Trump—served as inspiration for many of the candidates' decisions to run for office.
Dubbed by the magazine as The Avengers, these first-time candidates represent a movement of women hoping to reshape American politics. A corresponding story by Time editor Charlotte Alter explains that there has been an "unprecedented" surge of women running for elected positions, from the U.S. Senate and Congress to local school boards. "In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists … Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bringing new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces," she writes.
According to Alter, at least 79 women are exploring runs for governor this year. This is double the previous record for female candidates set back in 1994. Additionally, the number of Democratic women likely to challenge incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives has increased by about 350% since 2016. Organizations like Emily's List, which recruits and trains pro-choice Democratic women, have also seen an increase in interest.
The cover features women like Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran and business executive who is now running to represent Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District and pediatrician Mai Khanh Tran, who is running for Congress in California. Each woman is inspired by her own experiences and desire to create change.
"When one woman runs, others often follow," Alter writes. This cover is a tribute to the powerful women fighting to make their voices heard and is an indication of the potential everyone has to create change in this country.
Head over to Time to read the full story.