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More women in office? Yes, please! It's been a dark few years, but in this narrative-style show we're digging into stories of hope. We're talking about the record number of women running for office this November. Jenny Kaplan brings you candidates - plus experts and thought leaders to explain why there are so few women in office, what it would mean if there were more, and how Congress would change if it looked more like the people it represents.

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Introducing: Web of WMN

Introducing: Web of WMN


Have you ever stopped to think about all the people you know? And all the people they know? Each of us has a rich community of connections. It forms a bustling, complicated, interconnected web. Welcome to Web of WMN, Wonder Media Network's brand new show. Host Jenny Kaplan launches four interview chains by picking four women she knows from different parts of her life. They talk identity, politics, gender, religion and more. Then each of those women picks someone to interview. Subscribe and stay tuned! Special thanks to Overcoats for the tunes and Ben Broer for audio editing expertise! This season of Web of WMN is exclusively sponsored by Skype, a Microsoft product.
Ep. 14: What Comes Next

Ep. 14: What Comes Next


With Election Day 2018 in the rearview mirror, what happens next? The results were historic. How do our newly elected officials channel that momentum as they enter the House? For women who won, the path ahead is pretty clear. For women who lost, it’s less so. And for the volunteers who stepped up to help on all these exciting campaigns, it’s perhaps the least clear of all the best ways to stay involved. This week, Host Jenny Kaplan seeks answers to all of the above. She finds many of them at VoteRunLead's Women & Power 2018 National Town Hall, where winners and losers from across the country -- and on both sides of the aisle -- share thoughts and stories. Experts talk about logistical next steps for candidates and how movements can keep volunteer momentum. VoteRunLead is a non-partisan organization that trains women to run for office. Learn more here: thanks to VoteRunLead for allowing us to record the town hall, to Moran Audio for the tunes and to Ben Broer for audio editing expertise!
Election Day 2018 has come and gone. The results were historic. A record number of women will serve in the House of Representatives next year. While many great candidates won, many also lost. This week, we're talking about the latter. Host Jenny Kaplan's mom, Kathy Manning, was one of the candidates who lost. Kathy ran as a Democrat to represent North Carolina's 13th District. She speaks with Jenny about loss, lessons from the campaign, and why it was all worth it. Experts talk about the election results and loss as a regular hurdle for politicians seeking office.Special thanks to Moran Audio for the tunes and to Ben Broer for audio editing expertise!
Today is the day! A record number of women have stepped up to run this election. We're telling their stories. We covered why women run less and how their motivation to run differs from their male counterparts. We talked about money, race, and religion in politics. We dove into the differences between the two biggest political parties and we examined how incredible women are upending historical stereotypes. This week, we bring it all together. Host Jenny Kaplan tells the stories of Lucy McBath a Democrat running in GA-06 and Leslie Cockburn, a Democrat running in VA-05. Special thanks to Moran Audio for the tunes and to Ben Broer for audio editing expertise! Additional thanks to for the Lucy McBath audio, and collaborative support!
Bonus Ep. 6: Brenda Carter

Bonus Ep. 6: Brenda Carter


With midterms around the corner, we want to bring you even more from the experts. Our bonus episodes are lightly edited interviews from thought leaders and people who are working tirelessly to get women elected in November. This week, Host Jenny Kaplan speaks with Brenda Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, about how our government might be different if it looked more like the people it represents. Special thanks to Moran Audio for the tunes!
Native American and Native Alaskan women make up 1 percent of the U.S. population, yet there has never been a Native woman in Congress. It looks like that’s about to change. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with the woman who’s favored to make history on Tuesday: Deb Haaland, a Democrat from NM-01. Deb talks about how her experiences as a single mom and a Native American have shaped her political perspective. Experts share thoughts on the challenges of candidates of color, the effectiveness of a strong ground game, and the potential impact of voter suppression.Special thanks to Moran Audio for the tunes and to Ben Broer for audio editing expertise!
Women make up less than 20 percent of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In previous episodes, we’ve featured women running to serve in the chamber for the first time. This week, we’re telling the story of a woman who’s already made it and hopes to stay. Host Jenny Kaplan chats with Representative Cheri Bustos, a Democrat from IL-17, who is on the ballot for her fourth term. Cheri talks about what it felt like when she ran the first time and how that contrasts with her experience today. Experts share thoughts on the benefits of being an incumbent.Special thanks to Moran Audio for the tunes and to Ben Broer for audio editing expertise!
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