Will 2018 Be Another 'Year of the Woman' for U.S. Politics?

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Protesters, part of a 500,000 strong crowd, raise their hands during the Women's Rally on the one-year anniversary of the first Women's March, when millions marched around the world to protest US President Donald Trump's inauguration, in Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/GettyImages)

As of this week, 233 women candidates running for Congress or Governor will advance to the primaries -- the highest number in history. Since 1992's "Year of the Woman," when voters elected more women to Congress than ever before, women have made steady gains in Congress until 2013 when numbers stalled. With record numbers of women getting involved in politics this year, 2018 is poised to be another watershed moment. As part of KQED's 'The Long Run' series, we'll look at why more women are running and hear from some first-time candidates. And we'd especially like to hear from our female listeners in this segment: how - and why - have you increased your political involvement this year?

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Katie Orr, Sacramento politics and government reporter, KQED News

Rachel Michelin, chief executive officer and executive director, California Women Lead

Morgan Murtaugh, congressional candidate for California's 53rd District in San Diego County

Aisha Wahab, running for Hayward City Council