Madame President?

Catherine Kish

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Is 2020 the year that the glass ceiling will be shattered in the United States? 

 

After almost four years under President Trump, the 2020 presidential election race has begun. Many candidates have dashed out of the starting gate –– joining the political horse race. 

 

We are faced with a historically groundbreaking number of female candidates vying for the presidential nomination. All of the six female candidates running for the presidential nomination are from the Democratic party. A female challenger to President Trump for the Republican party nomination is unlikely. 

 

The long-serving prime minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, was known as the Iron Lady. Which of these female candidates has enough steel in their spine to take the “iron throne” that is the Democratic nomination?

Kamala Harris, Democrat

 

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Kamala Harris –– a frontrunner

For the people. Tough. Principled. Fearless. 

 

Ranked the number 2 frontrunner by Rolling Stone, Kamala Harris is running on a platform of social justice. Harris’ signature policy proposal, the LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) Act, will provide a tax credit of up to $500 per month for working-class families. 

 

Justice is a major theme for Harris, who served as California Attorney General (2011-2017), District Attorney in San Francisco (2004-2011), and a federal prosecutor. Harris has also served as junior Senator for California since 2017. She has signed onto proposals including Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, and the legalization of marijuana. 

 

Harris is a multiracial candidate whose mother is Tamil Indian from Chennai and father is Jamaican. She presents herself as a “determined fighter on behalf of the people.” Sounds like she has some steel in her spine and is ready to fight for the “iron throne.”

Elizabeth Warren

 

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Elizabeth Warren –– a frontrunner

Persist. Together we can save our democracy. 

 

Elizabeth Warren (a.k.a. Pocahontas to President Trump), is the current senator of Massachusetts. She announced her campaign for presidency early this year, running on the platform of ending corruption in Washington D.C. and rebuilding the middle class. 

 

Senator Warren also has several specific proposals to address the wealth gap and income disparity, including a new Ultra-Millionaire Tax, universal healthcare, and investments in housing to bring down rents. She was a champion for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established by President Obama after the financial crisis when she served as a special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury.

 

Before going into politics, Warren taught law as a professor at the University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and other universities for over 30 years. Warren has brainpower and policy expertise –– will she be the one to outsmart President Trump? 

Tulsi Gabbard  

Lead with love. Fighting for the people. 

 

Tulsi Gabbard, a Samoan American and the first Hindu to be elected to Congress, has served as the U.S. Representative from Hawaii since 2013. She was an Iraq war veteran and served in the medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard. 

 

One key element of her platform that differentiates her from other candidates is her strong opposition to regime change wars, which she says are bankrupting America and its moral authority. 

Amy Klobuchar  

Amy for America. 

 

Amy Klobuchar has been a senator for Minnesota since 2007 and has recently announced her plans to run for president. Her platform focuses on jobs, the economy, and rural communities. Klobuchar does not seem to have many ambitious policy proposals or programs at this point. However, as a successful politician from the upper midwest, she might have a shot.

Kirsten Gillibrand  

Brave wins. 

 

New York Senator since 2009, Kirsten Gillibrand  (a.k.a. the “Lightweight Senator,” according to President Trump’s twitter feed) is a leading voice of the #MeToo movement and has called for reforming sexual assault policies in the U.S. military. 

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Marianne Williamson  

Join the evolution. 

 

New York Times bestselling author and self-help guru, Marianne Williamson calls for a “moral and spiritual awakening” in America. She believes that the government facilitates a “sociopathic economic system,” and calls for Medicare for all, free college, and the Green New Deal. Williamson told CNN that she is in favor of $100 billion reparations to African American families for the past historical injustices of slavery. 

 

 

 

2020 –– a High Stakes Race

The U.S. presidential election of 2020 will be momentous. History has already been made by these women, the largest number of female presidential candidates ever, who have thrown their hat in the ring and are running for the Democratic nomination. 

 

Will the United States see a continued reign of Trump? Or, perhaps someone from this group of female candidates will finally break the glass ceiling and help lead the United States in a new direction.