How’s Ohio looking in the ’Year of the woman?” - Ohio Matters Podcast special episode

August 3, 2018

How’s Ohio looking in the ’Year of the woman?” - Ohio Matters Podcast special episode

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the ‘Year of the Woman,’ what are the prospects for women candidates in this year’s elections in Ohio?

This week’s episode of cleveland.com’s Ohio Matters politics podcast tackles that question. It also includes excerpts of past interviews of four women in Ohio politics — Ohio Secretary of State candidate and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Lt. Gov Mary Taylor, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley— who have been on the show this year. 

We asked them all about what it’s like being a woman in politics and how more women can be encouraged to run. As a reminder, fewer than one-quarter of Ohio’s state lawmakers are women, and of its 17 members of Congress, only three are women. Only two women will appear on the November ballot as nonjudicial, statewide candidates.

Taylor, a Republican former governor candidate, explained the “good ol’ boys” line she used during her campaign, and why she chose to speak out about sexist comments some Republican lawmakers made during a private event earlier this year.

Timken, the first woman chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, discussed her priority to recruit more conservative women for office, and what she thinks women bring to the table. 

Whaley, a Democratic former governor candidate, discussed the “mean girls” attitude that can exist among female candidates and the ironic encouragement to women Hillary Clinton’s defeat provided. 

Clyde predicted that this year’s election will increase female representation in the Ohio legislature, and discussed the sexual harassment scandals by male state lawmakers that burst into public discussion over the past year.   

We also size up which women candidates seem more likely to win this November, and highlight some women to watch in future Ohio elections.

Ohio Matters is the weekly political podcast from cleveland.com. Every week, reporters Andrew Tobias, Mary Kilpatrick and Seth Richardson sit down with political figures from around the Buckeye State for in-depth discussions.

Past episodes can be found here and include Republican Attorney General nominee Frank LaRose, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and a special episode with an inside look at the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal.

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