Midterm Gender Gap

How big was the gender gap in this year’s midterm election?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. Describe the trend in the voting gender gap since 2004.

  3. Explain one cause of that trend.

  4. Explain One consequence of that trend.

  5. What exactly does gender gap mean, anyway? Oh my gahhhh, is it like a store?

  6. This year’s gender gap was the biggest in modern history Why do you think that is?

  7. Trick question: how big was the gender gap in the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln?

  8. What is one Trump policy that has moved so many women away from the Republican party?

  9. Do you think that Trump’s policies or Trump’s rhetoric and style is more responsible for the flight of women from the Republican party?

  10. After this year’s election, a record number of women will serve in the U.S. Congress. According to NPR, “at least 121 women will serve in the 116th Congress, up from the current 107. It will bring the share of Congress members who are women up from the current 20 percent to nearly 23 percent — a new high, but far from parity.”* What is the connection between the gender gap and the huge increase in female representation in the U.S. Congress?

  11. In addition to the growing gender gap, women outvote men. How do you think the two major political parties are going to react to how women voted in this year’s midterm as they prepare for the 2020 election/war?

  12. Evaluate whether the growing gender gap is good news or bad news for the American political system?

  13. Based on the data from the chart above, predict the gender gap in the 2020 election.

  14. Which of the following politicians publicly advocated for women to be allowed to vote?

  • Washington

  • Jefferson

  • Madison

  • Lincoln

Visual Extension*

Learning Extension

Read FiveThirtyEight’s analysis on the 2018 gender gap.

Action Extension


Ask a few women to discuss the reasons behind their vote. Share the big takeaway from your conversation in class or online.