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The Women of 2018: The Pink Wave in the US House Elections ... and Its Legacy in 2020

Barbara Burrell
The Women of 2018: The Pink Wave in the US House Elections ... and Its Legacy in 2020
ISBN: 978-1-62637-929-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-931-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-985-5
2021/191 pages/LC: 2020047312
Also of interest:  Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change by Barbara Palmer and Dennis Simon
"Engaging and informative, this book takes readers on a journey alongside female political candidates in the US as they strive for office. Both experts and newcomers to gender politics will find the combination of historical and current research with detailed accounts and experiences of these women to be a compelling read." —Victoria D. Beall, University of Kentucky

"A compelling and complete account of the 2018 election cycle, chronicling the remarkable story of female candidates in a 'Year of the Woman.' Everything you need to know about this historic campaign." —Barbara Palmer, Baldwin Wallace University

"Provides the quintessential overview of women’s congressional campaigns in the 2018 midterm elections, showing convincingly that the pink wave was historic on numerous fronts." —Melissa Deckman, Washington College


Avengers. PerSisters. The pink wave. And even badasses. These terms have been used to refer to the unprecedented number of female candidates who ran for elected office in the United States in 2018.

Barbara Burrell explores this phenomenon—in the context of women's candidacies for election to the US House of Representatives—discussing who the women were, why they chose to run, the nature of their campaigns, and their legacy as reflected in the 2020 elections. Not least, her findings clearly challenge traditional perspectives on women’s quests for political leadership.


Barbara Burrell is professor emerita of political science at Northern Illinois University.


  • The Women of 2018.
  • Gender in the Making of the 2018 Elections.
  • Who Were the Candidates?
  • Why Did They Run?
  • Media Messaging on the Campaign Trail.
  • The Challenges of Fundraising.
  • Becoming Representatives.
  • From 2018 to 2020, and Beyond.