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A crowd fills Independence Avenue during the Women's March on Washington, in Washington. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Trump's election may have been shocking to many Democratic women throughout the country, but now women are running for office in record numbers and at every level.

By the numbers: More than 15,000 women have contacted She Should Run — a nonpartisan organization dedicated to recruiting and training women to run for elected office — since last November. And more than 19,000 have contacted EMILY's List, a group that helps get pro-choice Dem women get elected, since Trump's victory.

Why it matters: Women from both parties are underrepresented in political office, and having more gender parity among lawmakers at all levels could influence legislation and policies in the future.

The Trump effect: "He fuels a conversation that there's no one path to the White House, there's no one background," Erin Loos Cutraro, co-founder and CEO of She Should Run, told CNN. "The electorate is obviously looking for a different model, a different type of leadership" that women could provide.

Other women are running this cycle to become the first woman to hold their district's seat:

  • Chrissy Houlahan is running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 6th District. It's her first time running for office, and she told Axios she was motivated to run after Trump's victory. She's picked up endorsements from notable groups like EMILY's List, New Dem PAC, and End Citizens United. If elected, she would be the only woman representative in Pennsylvania's 20-person delegation, and the first Democrat elected to this position since 2002.
  • Angie Craig is running for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd District. It's her second time running (she lost last year) but she has picked up endorsements similar to Houlahan, from groups like New Dem PAC and EMILY's List. "I think Americans are done with both parties, quite frankly," she told Axios. "We're re-hashing the same talking points whenever we get on stage. We have to try something different in this country. Women are uniquely positioned to be able to do that."
  • Only 4 Minnesota women have ever served in Congress, Craig tells me. A Republican has held this seat since 2000, so she's running not only as a woman, but as a Democrat in a historically red district. "Young girls and women need to see themselves reflected in policy making. Women as leaders are very good at getting things done," Craig said.

Go deeper: Inside She Should Run's campaign to have women running for 250,000 elected office positions by 2030.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.

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