Can you believe the 2020 presidential race is already underway? It seems like every week someone new announces their bid for presidency, and some of the most talked about candidates are women. There are a record breaking number of women who have put in their bid for president. Here are some of the ones you should know about.
Still In the Race
Amy Klobuchar is the longtime senator of Minnesota who has a history of working on both sides of the aisle.
According to Klobuchar’s website, she’s running for President…. “because I believe we can be a nation governed not by chaos – but from opportunity”, “because we’re tired of divisive politics”, and “because we need to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges of our day.”
Her campaign has faced some controversy because of reports that her staff dislikes working with her, but she responded to the criticism by saying, “I can be tough.”
“I did this announcement speech in the middle of a blizzard and I think we need people with grit—I have that grit.”
Elizabeth Warren is a highly qualified economic scholar and senior senator who rose in the ranks following the financial crisis of 2008.
She was the first female senator from Massachusetts. Before her presidential bid she faced criticism from Trump and the media in regards to her Native American heritage.
Her campaign is focused on her impressive economic expertise and her progressive liberal policies. Her platform issues include ending corruption, building the middle class, strengthening democracy, equal justice under law, and foreign policy for all.
“Others have said it before me. If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu. And so it is important that we have women in the United States Senate – strong women, women who are there to help advance an agenda that is important to women.”
Kamala Harris is the former Attorney General of California currently serving in the senate and a rising star in the Democratic party.
She’s a barrier breaker: the first African-American woman to ever serve as San Francisco’s District Attorney; the first woman of color to become the Attorney General of California; and the first person ever elected to the senate of Indian or Jamaican descent (her mother is from India and her father is from Jamaica).
She’s known for her strong grassroots fundraising, her reputation of standing up against injustice, and for asking tough questions of powerful people. Her campaign website touts her as “Tough. Principled. Fearless.”
“If anyone ever gets in your way and tells you to not follow your dreams — be it because of your age, gender, what you look like or where you come from — don’t listen. Do not be burdened by what has been when you can create what should be.”
Tulsi Gabbard is the representative from Hawaii who was elected to her first political office at the age of 21. She is the youngest candidate for president (she’s 37).
She’s an Iraq war veteran and the first Hindu ever elected to congress. She was a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016, refusing to back Hillary Clinton. Her campaign is focused on the treatment of Veterans and on combating climate change.
She seeks to end regime wars that are bankrupting the country and direct those resources into a renewable, sustainable economy that serves all and creates peace.
Gabbard calls on people to act in the “spirit of aloha,” motivated by respect and compassion for each other and love for the country, to restore our nation to its higher purpose.
“The American people are not looking to settle for inches. They’re looking for real change.”
No Longer in the Race
Kirsten Gillibrand is the longtime Senator from New York. She describes herself as a mom, wife, and fighter for families, equality and justice.
She is a fierce advocate for survivors of sexual assault and a strong opposer of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Women’s Rights is at the center of her platform. She’s also one of the main forces behind the FAMILY Act.
Her presidential platform also names issues like governmental transparency, a focus on families, economic/job growth, lower health care costs, veteran support, and gun control. She prides herself on working across the aisle to built bipartisan coalitions that put Americans first.
Gillibrand is also the force behind Off The Sidelines, a campaign launched in 2011 that encourages women to get off the sidelines and make their voices heard on issues they care about and elect more women to office.
“When we create hope and opportunity in the lives of others, we allow love, decency and promise to triumph over cowardice and hate.”
Marianne Williamson is a best selling self-help author and the spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey. Among the women running for president, she was actually the first to officially announce her candidacy.
She was an AIDS activist before most people were even talking about it, and also launched a conference in 2010 to encourage women to run for office. She is running for president because she believes that the country needs a spiritual awakening fueled by love.
Her campaign website names a wide range of social and political issues from climate change to national security, racial reconciliation to a stronger economy. However, her focus always comes back to a call for America to restore the democracy through awakened hearts and minds.
Of all the women running for president, Williamson is the one candidate without formal political experience. However, as we now know, lack of political background is no longer a barrier to the White House, and Williamson’s nontraditional career and openly religious politics may in fact make her more appealing to some voters.
“The future of our country is far too serious to be left in the hands of traditional politicians…In order to have a moral and spiritual awakening in America, we need a leader who is a moral and spiritual awakener. I believe I am that person.”
We are excited to see the field of presidential candidates filled with so many women for the first time in history. They are a diverse group bringing new ideas to politics and it’s encouraging to see more women being represented in our government, given the historical imbalance. These women are also powerful role models for young girls today, demonstrating independence and leadership, and serving as living proof that women can do anything.
With so many women running for President, we will be interested to see if one of them will rise to become the first female President of the United States. It would be an unforgettable milestone in women’s history!
Elizabeth Endara is a writer, advocate, doula, educator and cat mom based in NYC. She loves Great British Bake-Off, Eastern Europe, snug coffee shops and writing about her feelings. She is the co-founder of a feminist blog called Release the Women, and she is excited to be working with liveyourdream.org helping to curate and tell stories that demonstrate the power of women!