Former Rep. Katie Hill says America needs a female president

When does Katie Hill think the United States will have a woman president? “F***ing soon it needs to happen,” she declared.

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old, who was elected to California’s 25th Congressional District in 2018 with the Wave of Women, announced how she’s going to help break that glass ceiling: launching a PAC called Her-Time.com, which is starting its efforts with nearly $1 million in the bank in order to get more women into office, focusing on young people.

“That belief that we have to change our society and that we have to change who is in power and change the motivations that are behind power and behind who is getting into office and my mission in that regards has not changed,” Hill said of why she’s staying in politics, an industry that she left in October 2019 after a conservative blog released intimate photos of her.

The goal of the new PAC is not only to support higher office seekers, Hill said, but women and allies who are not your typical candidates. “These are people who were not planning their whole lives to run for office. They are people who are nurses, who are moms, who are way too young according to traditional ideals of who should run for office. We're starting that work and I'm going to dive all the way in.”

Hill, who was a victim of “revenge pοrn, cyber-exploitation by my bitter ex-husband,” is warning women not to be scared off from getting into government based on what happened to her. “We need women to run and we need women to step up to the plate. We need women to be in leadership positions and to take those risks knowing that this kind of thing might happen,” she noted.  

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Katie Hill, a former Representative from California, speaks during the 2020 Makers Conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The event gathers industry leading females for roundtable discussions to help inspire the women of tomorrow. Photographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 11: Katie Hill attends The 2020 MAKERS Conference on February 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 2: Katie Hill on stage at day 2 of TheWrap's Power Women's Summit at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, California on November 2, 2018. Credit: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch /IPX
FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hill says she’s asked for an investigation into intimate photos she says were posted online without her consent. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
From left, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., smile outside the Capitol after a rally for H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," a bill which aims to expand voting rights and strengthen ethics rules, in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. House Democrats are rounding the first 100 days of their new majority taking stock of their accomplishments, noting the stumbles and marking their place as a frontline of resistance to President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, poses during a ceremonial swearing-in with Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., right, and Hill's husband, Kenny Heslep, center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, during the opening session of the 116th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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“The more that women stand up, the more that they will try to take us down,” she continued. “They see us as angry and if they see us as leading some kind of a revolution that's going to dismantle the power structures that exist now then they're afraid of us and they're going to use whatever tactics that they can to tear us down.” The advice that she’d give to anyone considering a campaign for office is that “the only way to permanently fix that problem is to get to the point where we have an equal number of women in power.”

More women, Hill hopes, like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, her friend and mentor. “I don’t think there’s a single person who could be speaker against Donald Trump like she could have,” she said of Pelosi’s work over the past few years, especially how she’s navigated the impeachment. “She’s an incredible tactician.”

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