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Why Pennsylvania is neither blue nor red – it’s pink

Did you know that the majority of voters in Pennsylvania are women?

This trend has been consistent for years and was reinforced by the sharp increase in female voter turnout following the Dobbs decision in 2022.

The women of Pennsylvania are not just electing our leaders – they are being elected leaders on a historic level.

The latest edition of Voices of reason Podcast about women in politics.

Wide + FreedomBeth Ann Rosica of the Californian news agency AFP moderated the podcast's panel discussion with four women who have significant influence as political leaders in their communities.

Participants shared their experiences of running for local office and discussed the challenges women face in politics.

“Because women are traditionally the breadwinners of the family, the support needed to run for office and have a presence in Harrisburg has traditionally not been there,” said Tasliym Morales, a member of the Chester Upland School District Board of Education.

Morales continued, “…that makes a huge difference in the number of women who feel like they can run. Not because they don't want to, but because they think, 'Am I going to do it and be successful?'”

“Advocacy at the school was the reason I got involved,” says Stacey Whomsley, principal of the West Chester Area School District.

“And I was belittled – ostracised by members of my community, both men and women, because I 'did not want to be bothered' at home with my children – which couldn't have been further from the truth,” Whomsley stressed, noting that she advocated for her children's needs at school.

“So I think there are still some societal biases about why women get involved when they get involved,” Whomsley concluded.

Participants were asked additional questions: Are women more likely to support female candidates than male candidates? What issues are most important to women in Pennsylvania in the next election?

For more information on the panel and exclusive interviews with Commonwealth Treasurer Stacy Garrity and her Democratic challenger Erin McClelland, watch the sixth episode of Voices of reasonnow available on YouTube and all podcast streaming platforms.

Anna Harden

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