As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle Click to Enlarge Photo: Pixabay

(AP) - Women are expected to run for office in high numbers in 2020, but many of them face financial hurdles paying for child care while they campaign.

Candidates for federal office can tap their campaign accounts to pay for it, but it's a patchwork at the state level.

Just six states have laws specifically allowing the use of campaign money for child care. In most states, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation.

Lawmakers in Minnesota added child care as an allowable expense in 2018, while Colorado, New York, New Hampshire and California passed laws in 2019.

Female candidates say the expense is an unnecessary barrier and shows why more women are needed in positions of power.