. an unprecedented number of actual & possible female candidates are jumping into the shark-infested waters of U-S politics. Sadly, women in the U-S have a long history of NOT running, even for offices they're qualified for - while Merikan men have an equally-long history of running for offices they are unqualified for, with our sitting POTUS serving as the ultimate role-model for unqualified office-seekers. [It's a bit like the Peter Principle - everybody is promoted until they're out of their depth, then they stay there. ] Nationally: Record-breaking number of women run for office 2018 Midterm Elections: The Women Running for Office During the Trump Era | The New Yorker At least 7 women, possibly more, are now Democratic candidates in Pennsy - my conservative natal-state, a largely rural & highly-agricultural area. Trumpster narrowly won there in 2016; all these Fs are running for the House of Reps, & they LINK: won Democratic primaries on Tuesday - currently, Pennsy's HoR delegation is all-male. All won in redrawn districts - Pa’s congressional map had been gerrymandered, favoring Republicans. // Democrats now have a shot at flipping at least 3, & possibly up to 6, House seats there. I'm hoping to see progressive change - statewide, regionally, & nationally. - terry .