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Men make up 75-85% of all elected officials – yes, today, in 2017!


Today, Glamour announces a new monthly column, Why I’m Running, in which we’ll hear from women competing in political races across the U.S., about what it’s really like out there. The lack of gender inclusivity is staggering and Glamour is committed to providing tools and inspiration for women to give them real opportunities.


Since the 2016 election, more and more women are raising their hands to change that: 17,000 have reached out to Emily’s List, a group that grooms pro-choice Democratic women for office, up from just 920 the year before. Meanwhile, 15,000 have asked the nonpartisan She Should Run for help. And the conservative Maggie’s List has also seen a spike in interest. Be warned, boys: Women candidates are coming. This column will tell their stories.


In the inaugural column, Glamour profiles Krishanti Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland.


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Quotes from the feature are below. For the full story, visit or pick up a copy of the October issue.


Vignarajah on her relationship with Trump…

“The truth is, I am everything President Trump denunciates and denigrates, and I am proud to be.”


On Maryland’s history (or lack thereof) of electing women…

“No nursing mom –hell, no woman—has ever been governor of Maryland. All 62 governors have been men (white men). Moreover, women don’t hold any of Maryland’s four elected executive seats or it’s 10 seats in congress. “We have the same level of female representation we had 100 years ago,” says Vignarajah, “wen women didn’t have the right to vote.”


On Vignarajah’s path to running for governor…

“She had previously spent two years working as policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama, leading Let Girls Learn, and international coalition that helps girls complete middle and high school. (Before that, she worked as a senior adviser at the State Department under Secretary Kerry and Secretary Clinton.) She says standing in the Rose Garden the day after the 2017 election, watching President Obama’s call to action firsthand, inspired her to run herself (along with those dismal stats).”


On Vignarajah’s education focused platform…

“One central issue: education. She worries about the opportunities available to kids today, especially in Maryland, since Governor Hogan, she says, reallocated funds away from the neediest public schools. She herself attended Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, a poorly ranked public school. But government investments in STEM at her school and her parents – who were both teachers – helped her make it into Oxford and Yale Law School She is working on education policies that she says will give more kids that kind of a shot.”



Margaux Rogers


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