We always hear the stories of little girls watching T.V. who looks up to who they see on the screen. Representation has a large amount of power to transpire her initiative and build her future on the basis of intention.. I was one of those little girls. But when I was growing up, I never saw enough representation of women on T.V. It was deemed that “a woman couldn’t run a country, let alone the most powerful one” in the past- at least until recent elections. Until now the shift wasn’t apparent in the inclusivity of women, it was looked down upon when it came to women having a voice on power, and was a concept gone undiscovered because of the lack of acknowledgement. But now, misconceptions are being defied and strides are being made- women are finally running for office and changing the game for politics.
With the 2020 presidential election approaching, 21 hopeful Democratic candidates are currently running for the 2020 presidential election. With so many in the race, we’ve seen a diversification of the field in and of itself. But, the change in the playing field is definitively seen when it comes to women not only participating in the election but also being top tier candidates in previously male-dominated polling’s. Introducing new perspective, policy and initiative, these 6 female candidates bring personal perspective and proposed policy that their male candidates have failed to prioritize or haven’t recognized.. Ranging from their stances on immigration to healthcare and much more, these elections show that women have a promising future in politics moving forward. What started off as one woman in 2016 receiving the nomination, we’re looking to 2020, where more women are running and making further strides. Let's delve into 6 of the front-running female candidates, what they stand for, and their impact on women as a whole.
With a platform based on providing Medicare for All, addressing the cost of living and lowering it for middle-class families through the LIFT Act, reforming cash bail, and lowering the rates of mortality during maternal instances for Black women, Harris’s goes back to the basis of the personal. She references many personal stories when discussing her platform- highlighting being bussed to school when going against Joe Biden and his support of segregated bus rides that directly impacted her education and past, stories of mother’s in emergency rooms, the conditions at detention centers, and much more have allowed her to build an emotional appeal and momentum all in one.
As the youngest candidate (she’s 38), Gabbard is able to make the differentiation between then and now when it comes to the explanation of her policy and actual implementation. With a campaign centered around non-military intervention and climate change, Gabbard is able to make a personal connection to these specific priorities on the basis that she served in Iraq and Kuwait through the army.
Known for her ability to have a policy or initiative in place to determine a solution to problems that perplex the United States, Warren is able to establish her basis on the fact of being focused. Some of the many key issues she is focused on include eliminating student debt, and maternal mortality , and, the opioid crisis. She intends to tax the rich and provide universal childcare, and has “a plan” to solve much more too.
Known for her activism, spirituality, and writing, Williamson introduces an entirely new perspective built on love and peace. Her intention to spread the message goes insofar as establishing within her agenda to create a U.S. Department of Peace.
Serving as a more ventral candidate, Klobuchar’s policy is viewed as pragmatic and approachable when it comes to implementation. Some initiatives include a proposal of investing $1 billion dollars into infrastructure and also working to combat the opioid crisis.
With an overtly feminist agenda, Gillibrand introduces a perspective that caters to a specific, pro-women audience that furthers the values that she promoted in Congress. One of her most progressive initiatives includes The Family Bill Of Rights, which is a vague umbrella bill that covers addressing issues ranging from maternal and child care made affordable when it comes to healthcare, paid family leave and addressing sexual assault.
With increased diversity and the inclusivity of women, the coming democratic election is already proving to be a pivotal precedence for generations to come. This election has the ability to inspire women to take strides further than in the past to confidently voice matters, hare their perspective with the world, and take part in their local, state, and national government.d. With 6 women in this election, no matter the outcome and criticisms, set the stage for all women to be instilled with confidence that their voice truly matters.