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Projections show a record number of women running for office

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, women make up less than 20 percent of Congress, but that could change sooner than we think. Political experts said 2018 is expected to have a record number of women running for office across the nation.

"The numbers that I've seen over the last year or so, is women are very strongly involved in school boards, city councils, county boards, it's the next level that there's been kind of a gap over the years," said Rich Postlewaite, political science professor at UW-Stout. "What we're seeing this year is that gap kind of evaporating, that a lot of women are considering running for higher levels of office where they hadn't in the past. (It's) for a variety of reasons, no one really knows all those reasons, but we're seeing a shift in state and national."

In Eau Claire, three of the five new candidates for city council this year are women. 

Experts said with the #Metoo movement and increase of sexual assault allegations it could be because women are fed up with how the system works.

The U.S. does not have any legislation that requires women make up a certain percentage of elected office. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the U.S. ranks 101 globally for women's representation in politics, behind Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

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