From an award-winning journalist covering gender and politics comes an inside look at the female candidates fighting back and winning elections in the crucial 2018 midterms. After November 8, 2016, first came the sadness; then came the rage, the activism, and the protests; and finally, for thousands of women, the next step was to run for office—many of them for the first time. More women have been campaigning for local or national office over the past two years than at any other time in American history.
Journalist Caitlin Moscatello reported on this wave of female candidates for New York magazine’s The Cut, Glamour, and Elle. And in See Jane Win, she further documents this pivotal time in women’s history. Closely following four candidates throughout the entire process, from the decision to run through Election Day 2018, See Jane Win takes readers inside their exciting, winning campaigns and the sometimes thrilling, sometimes brutal realities of running for office while female. MEET THE CANDIDATES:
Abigail Spanberger, the former CIA agent and mom of three young girls running to unseat Tea Party favorite Dave Brat in Virginia.
Catalina Cruz, a Colombian immigrant hoping to be the first Dreamer elected in New York through her bid for the State Assembly.
Anna Eskamani, an Iranian-American woman running for state office in Florida, with a campaign motivated by her mother’s health-care struggles and the Pulse Nightclub shootings.
London Lamar, an African American woman hoping to become the youngest woman in the Tennessee State House, running in one of the only Democratic and Black-majority areas of a largely conservative state.
Beyond the 2018 victories, Moscatello speaks with leaders of organizations training female candidates, researchers, and successful strategists who helped women triumph—emphasizing authenticity and passion—a formula that will be more relevant than ever as we approach the 2020 presidential election.
About the Author
Caitlin Moscatello is a journalist and writer covering gender, reproductive rights, and politics, who has been reporting on the surge of female candidates since it began in early 2017. In recent years, she has been nominated for a National Magazine Award; received a Front Page Award and a Planned Parenthood Media Excellence Award; and has been a United Nations press fellow reporting on women’s health issues. She’s also the founder of Repro, a newsletter about reproductive rights legislation at the state and federal levels. Moscatello’s writing has appeared in outlets including The Cut, Elle, Medium, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, Refinery29, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Fast Company, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Manhattan.
Praise for See Jane Win:
“Journalist Moscatello provides a close-up view of women's journeys from activists to candidates and politicians in recent U.S. elections…. [She] squarely addresses multiple layers of intersectional biases women face, exposing how racism, homophobia, classism, and sexism may impact candidates. The result broadens conversations about political engagement and clarifies how diverse voices strengthen the political landscape regardless of party affiliation… Moscatello optimistically and realistically balances a blend of demographics and anecdotes from the candidates and politicians, painting a provocative picture about the impact of equalizing representation in the American political world. Memorable stories and illustrative data combine in a pertinent political and cultural analysis.”–Kirkus (Starred)
“In this rousing debut, journalist Moscatello follows left-wing women who ran for American public office for the first time in the 2018 midterms… This optimistic and well-reported look at the post-Trump blue wave will inspire progressive readers.”–Publishers Weekly