The Waves

The “She’s Running” Edition

The Waves on how women running for office are depicted in fiction and in their own campaign ads—and what might happen if they win.

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On this week’s special episode of The Waves in collaboration with Glamour magazine, Hanna and Christina are joined by Latifa Lyles and Glamour’s Celeste Katz to discuss women in politics ahead of the midterms. First, many of those running for office this year have shaken up the traditional campaign-ad formula. How might the unprecedented emphasis on motherhood and survivorship change the way their constituents see them? Next, the hosts debate whether having more women in power will necessarily change things for the better. Finally, they consider pop cultural depictions of female presidents, prime ministers, and politicians more broadly. Which characters are their personal favorites, and in the case of wish fulfillment–style narratives, where do we draw the line between empowering and absurd?


Slate Plus: Is it sexist for activists to crowdfund Susan Collins’ future opponent following her vote to confirm Kavanaugh instead of trying to oust any of the men who did the same?

Other items discussed on the show:

• FiveThirtyEight’s Politics Podcast

• “In a Record-Breaking Election Year for Women, Here Are the Races to Watch,” by Celeste Katz in Glamour

• “This Mom Just Won the Right to Use Campaign Funds to Pay for Child Care,” by Anna North in Vox

• “Can a Viral Campaign Ad Make the Difference in Deep-Red Texas?” by Josh Voorhees in Slate

• “North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp Arm-Wrestles in New Campaign Ad,” by Celeste Katz in Glamour

• “Ten Years on From Norway’s Quota for Women on Corporate Boards,” in the Economist

• “Hillary Clinton’s Debate Answer on Abortion Is Why We Need More Women in Politics,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate

House of Cards





• Hanna: Minding the Gap

• Celeste: Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit

• Latifa: Happy Valley

• Christina: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This podcast was produced by Danielle Hewitt. Our production assistant is Alex Barasch.

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