New York Times • December 4th, 2017
By Mike Tackett
LEESBURG, Va. - For Wendy Gooditis, a Northern Virginia real estate agent, the crystallizing moment in her decision to run for office was when she heard her state delegate suggest that he had fought gerrymandering in Virginia when his record said otherwise.
For Mai-Khanh Tran, a pediatrician in Southern California, it was the day after the presidential election in 2016 and she looked into the eyes of a young patient with a brain tumor whose family had only recently obtained health insurance.
For Andrea Ramsey, the presidents of a nonprofit children's health clinic in Kansas City, Kan., it was May when her local congressman voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
None of these women had seriously contemplated entering politics before. They had no money or organization. But they were dismayed with the directions of the country, they said, starting with the election of President Trump, and finally decided to act...