The colossal rage felt by progressive women has been a dominant theme since Donald Trump’s shock 2016 victory.
Crowds at the Women’s March dwarfed those at his inauguration the previous day.
Across America, hundreds of thousands came to express their unbridled anger.
They were collectively incensed by the man who’d been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, who had called women fat pigs, dogs and slobs and bragged about grabbing them by the genitals.
His reward? The highest office in the land.
For left leaning women, the 2016 election was a referendum on misogyny. America might seem okay with it – they were not.
Since then women have mobilised. Poll after poll puts left-leaning women as the most energised demographic.
Record numbers are running for public office. Twenty-three women are running for Senate seats and 237 are vying for House of Representatives seats. Of that total, 75% are Democrats.
Kara Eastman is one of them. She feels that just by putting herself out there she is inspiring younger women. She’s running on a progressive agenda in a swing district in the Republican state of Nebraska.
From what she’s seen on the campaign trail, that female fire is still burning.
“Just the number of volunteers that I have on my campaign every day – I’m still floored when it’s a Monday afternoon and we’ve got all these people making phone calls and knocking on doors,” she said.
“I think that energy is still up there. I do think people are energised by this campaign but also just by their desire to bring America back to being our country.”
Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process was a fever pitch moment for progressive women: a brave survivor telling her truth – ultimately dismissed by the ruling patriarchy.
But female cries over Kavanaugh were not a unified chorus.
I met a group of politically engaged Republican women for lunch in Omaha, Nebraska.
They said they were just as incensed over the way this decent family man was treated.
Connie Kretchmer agreed with President Trump that it was all a hoax.
“I think it was staged – it was intended to be their first step towards discrediting the president and his choices,” she told Sky News.
Her friend Mary Jane Truemper said she doesn’t go in for identity politics.
“I don’t have to look to any president to define me as a woman or tell me what I’m capable of doing,” she said.
What matters to these women is the economy and a tough line on immigration, and they believe Donald Trump is delivering what they want.
But if anger is the motivating emotion in US politics right now, liberal women have the edge.
With more running for office than ever before – women candidates are likely to get more women out to vote.
I’ve seen that first hand on the campaign trail – candidates welcomed by female voters clearly energised by seeing a woman on their doorstep asking for their vote.
Democratic female candidates for the 2020 presidential race are starting to emerge.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is probably the most high profile. Her combative anti-Trump tactics have been criticised but her bold approach is also inspiring women across America.
Her campaign mantra is “Listen up Mr President – do you hear that sound? Tick tick – tick tock – democracy is coming.”
I asked her if she’s concerned that if women don’t deliver in the midterms this moment will be written off.
She said: “Look, I’ve been listening to this ‘they’re going to write off women’ ever since the day after Donald Trump was sworn in and women put together the biggest protest rally in the history of the world.
“Understand this about women: We’re coming off the bench and nobody’s going to tell us to sit down and shut up ever again.”
If women don’t turn out in droves and don’t win across the board there will likely be those who say the so-called “Year of the Woman” didn’t deliver.
Despite the visceral anger, this could be a slower burn than those driving this tide would like.
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