Behind-the-scenes

A glance at some of the key women of the 2016 election

The 2016 presidential election is an important milestone in women’s history not only because of the two female candidates running, but also because of all the women working behind the scenes. Nine of the candidates have female press secretaries, for example, and news networks are choosing women to spearhead the campaigns, both jobs traditionally given to men. Glamour spoke to several of the key players behind the scenes in all different positions, from policy advisers (Maya Harris for Hillary for America) to the leader of the Google elections team (Lee Carosi Dunn) to discuss why they joined the campaigns and how it’s going so far. The digital side of things is more heavily populated with women this election and is also playing a bigger part; Katie Dowd, digital director for Hillary for America, said, “[Hillary] has really enjoyed Instagram … She’s pretty into selfies.” Scott Walker has his fair share of female employees, including his press secretary, AshLee Strong, and his campaign’s communications director, Kristen Kukowski. And NBC News White House correspondent, Kristen Welker, discussed how she feels “voters and candidates deserve a more elevated level of discourse” and in response to why she got involved said, “I want to press candidates to articulate policy.” Glamour also caught up with longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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