Good to Know: First they marched, now they’re running

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The drive that fueled the women’s march last year after Donald Trump was elected office is now fueling a political “Pink Wave”. The number of women seeking political office this year is smashing previous records left and right. Most, but not all, are Democrats.

Record number of women seeking public office: The numbers are clear. According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, women are seeking political office this year in unprecedented numbers. Most, though not all, are Democratic candidates. Among the data cited in this Time Magazine article, the number of female gubernatorial candidates in 2018 may double the record set in 1994, and the number of Democratic women likely challenging incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives is up nearly 350 percent from 41 women in 2016.

The woman behind Two Men: In the 1980s, Mary Ellen Sheets was a divorced mom of two teenage boys who wanted to make a little extra money. So she ordered a newspaper ad offering Two Men And A Truck. Last year, the company made $442 million. Here’s what happened in between.

Confronting, owning my ‘female rage’: “Confronting my own aversion to anger asked me to shift from seeing it simply as an emotion to be felt, and toward understanding it as a tool to be used: part of a well-stocked arsenal. When I walked in the Women’s March in Washington a year ago — one body among thousands — the act of marching didn’t just mean claiming the right to a voice; it meant publicly declaring my resolve to use it,” writes Leslie Jamison in the New York Times Magazine. 

Almost half of small businesses support mandated PTO: A recent survey shows 47 percent of small-business owners support some for of mandated paid time off. The big question? Who should pay for it. 

Of Milwaukee’s 31 craft brewers, these two are the only women: For most of the last two years, 26-year-old Samantha Willis was the city’s only female craft brewer. Three months ago, Ashlyn Gulvas joined the ranks. 

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