Women have given $308 million to Democratic Congressional candidates this cycle, more than double the $141 million they gave to Democrats in 2016.
What’s more, of that total haul, $159 million went to women Democratic candidates, while $148 million went to men. That means for the first time women Democratic candidates outraised their male counterparts — at least among women donors. In the past, men have outraised women among both men and women donors.
Among Republicans it was a different story. Total giving by women to GOP candidates was $91 million. While women also gave more to Republican women in this cycle than they gave in the last one, that giving was on a far smaller scale. It rose to $19 million from $11 million. Meanwhile, women gave $72 million to Republican men, about $17 million less than last time around.
Inequities remain, however. While giving by women is up, women gave only roughly $1 for every $2 that men gave this election cycle, and overall men candidates still outraised women candidates.
One likely reason women tend to give less is that they have less money of their own. The Center for Responsive Politics’ analysis found that women who described themselves as professionals gave nearly $10 for every $1 given by women who said they were homemakers.
Source: Time Money
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