By Claire Zillman
November 28, 2016

Had Hillary Clinton become the United States’ first female president, she likely would have inspired other women to run for office. Clinton, of course, lost this month’s election, but her defeat is still pushing women into politics.

The Washington Post reports that Clinton’s loss and Donald Trump’s victory have spurred some women—disappointed with the outcome—to take action beyond marching in protests and signing petitions.

A 22-year-old college student named Mia Hernández told the Post that she plans to make a bid for a San Jose City Council seat or a spot on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2020. “Everybody says organize, don’t mourn, make a change,” she said. “So I said to myself, ‘How am I going to be an active member in this? You know what, I need to run for office. I need to be a part of that decision-making. I need to make sure Trump’s voice is not the only voice out there.’”

Running for office could serve as an outlet for some frustrated female voters, but it could also boost women’s overall representation in government down the line. Women’s odds of winning office are nearly the same as men’s; the challenge is getting them to run in the first place.

The result of the 2016 presidential election could produce some problems for women, but inspiring more of them to run for office is at least one potential—perhaps unexpected—upside.



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