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By Sarah Settle

As countless headlines have told us, women are running for statewide and congressional office in record numbers.

Women's rallyOnce primary season is over, NCSL will be tracking the number of women running for the state legislative seats. Will this be another banner election for women, following the 2017 races that led to the nationwide share of female legislators crossing 25 percent? Stay tuned.

As it turns out, two of the 2017 Women in Politics Making a Difference Award winners are now among the women behind those headlines. Mississippi state Senator Sally Doty (R) and Minnesota state Senator Karin Housley (R) are both running for Congress.

In the lead- up to election season, we want to celebrate the women in state legislatures today. The Women’s Legislative Network is seeking nominees for the third annual Women in Politics Making a Difference Awards. The network will select and profile four women who are proud politicians and active stewards of their communities. The honorees will be women who are “making a difference” in ways large and small: championing a landmark bill in their states, or helping a constituent in a time of need.

Please tell us about a woman who inspires you and nominate her today. Nominations will be accepted through June 30, and we will announce the winners this summer.

Sarah Settle is staff coordinator for the NCSL Foundation and Member Outreach.

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