Election 2014: It's About the Ladies

Election 2014: It's About the Ladies

By Emily Cadei

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers speaks to the media after the first North Carolina 2nd Congressional District debate between Democratic challenger Clay Aiken, the American Idol runner-up, and Republican incumbent Ellmers.


Tired of the “war on women” chatter? Sadly, friend, it’s just the tip of the iceberg come 2016.

By Emily Cadei

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been an awful lot of talk this year from American politicians on both sides of the aisle about women and our well-being. Both parties promise they have the recipe for helping women succeed at work and at home, and for being dedicated to the issues we care about most. They just can’t decide what those things are. What it all makes plain is that they need women — we are the majority of the electorate, after all. And that’s not likely to change anytime soon. 

We the Majority

North Carolina Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers has a message for Washington — and her own party, in particular — in this OZY exclusive:

“Women are not a coalition or subset of the population. In fact, we have the numbers to change the status quo and determine the direction our country heads. Women will decide if Republicans win the majority in the Senate and which party will take the White House in 2016. It’s past time for my party to relate to the modern American woman as the majority. But the good news for Republicans is that our party has done a substantial amount of work in areas that matter most to women — the economy, education and jobs. We’ve worked to create good-paying jobs, worked to grow a healthy economy and worked tirelessly to take care of American families.” Read the full op-ed here.

Women’s History in the Making

2012 was a historic year for New Hampshire, which became the first state in American history to boast an all-female slate of government leaders. Now it may be Iowa’s turn. It’s one of two states in America that has never sent a woman to Congress or elected a female governor (Mississippi is the other). But this year, two women have a strong shot at becoming Iowa’s “first lady.” In the state’s race for an open Senate seat, Republican state senator and gun enthusiast Joni Ernst is running strong against Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley; a CNN poll released Friday showed the race virtually tied. And in southwest Iowa, Democrat Staci Appel, a former state senator, is neck and neck against Republican political staffer David Young for the open seat in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Read the full story here.

What (Unmarried) Women Want

Hey, single ladies, have you heard? We’re hot! At least that’s what the Washington, D.C., echo chamber has decided. With Senate control in play, the young, unmarried woman cohort is the demographic of the moment. But this Democratic-leaning constituency is not your traditional swing vote; rather, it’s important because it doesn’t always turn out, particularly in midterm elections. Dems are desperate to rally these ladies; Republicans hope to reassure them that they’re not waging a war on women. The problem is, this bunch of 60- and 70-something, affluent, married men (and a few older, married women for good measure) have no clue how to talk to us. As an actual young(ish), unmarried female, let me try to break down some of what This Town is missing, at least from my admittedly white-collar vantage point. Read the full story here.