Is this a moment or is it a movement?
SURGE tells the story of this extraordinary time, when an unprecedented number of first-time female candidates ran, won, and upended conventional politics in 2018. Tired of being ignored, angered by government policies, and anxious about the future of America, thousands of women were inspired to run for office in what became a barrier-breaking, historic midterm election.
SURGE follows three congressional candidates—Lauren Underwood, Jana Lynne Sanchez and Liz Watson—on their exhaustive and exhilarating journeys to Election Day. Diverse in age, ethnicity, and background, these women from Illinois, Texas, and Indiana faced uphill battles to flip their red districts blue.
SURGE reflects on the events that gave a collective sense of urgency to the 2018 election and shows how that urgency continues to drive a surge of female candidates.
LAUREN UNDERWOOD IS SWORN IN TO THE 116TH CONGRESS! READ ALL ABOUT HER “STUNNING” VICTORY BY CLICKING HERE.
SURGE mentioned in Chicago Sun Times piece on Lauren Underwood on 1/3/19
SURGE featured in an article on Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland on 11/14/18
SURGE clip with Lauren Underwood shared by Ava DuVernay @ava on 11/08/18
SURGE trailer played on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show at min 9:20 on 11/7/18
SURGE mentioned in Forbes article on 11/4/18
SURGE shared by Rachel Maddow @maddow on 10/30/18
SURGE featured in a McClatchy piece on 9/1/17
SURGE looks to the future:
The lasting legacy of the campaigns we follow is arguably even more important than how many women won. SURGE candidates built powerful field operations, networks of donors, and ultimately turned out voters in record numbers.
So, what does this mean for the 2020 election? Will more women run? And will more women —of all ages — get inspired to participate in the political process? SURGE looks to the future, investigating where we are now and what needs to happen to get closer to gender parity, not only in Congress, but across local and state offices as well.