Democratic Women Rising!


Karen Wu, Reporter

After centuries of male leadership and superiority, women are rising in positions of power more than ever. It has been engraved in society that men are more deserving, qualified, and accepted to hold positions of power. The teaching of the story of Adam and Eve, dating back to the beginning of the Judeo-Christian religion, gives an example of this engraved sexism in our society. For most of modern history, women have been struggling to break the glass ceiling in American politics. Maybe their time has finally come.

 In 2016 only 20 senators and 85 representatives were women, compared to the 2018 midterm election results of 21 senators and 102 representatives being women. With the drastic increase of women in government, many women are running for president in 2020, such as Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. The three are hoping to win the Democratic nomination in 2020. Having the first Muslim, Native American, black, and openly gay congresswomen in government today, the high possibility for a woman to be the President of The United States of America can revolutionize the world.

Elizabeth Warren

Growing up in a middle working-class family, with a father who was a salesman and a mother who was a department store worker, Elizabeth Warren runs her campaign with an understanding and compassion for the lower and middle working class. During the government shutdown crisis, Warren spoke out and sympathized with the many government workers that were suffering without a monthly paycheck. Warren can understand that many of these workers, who live paycheck to paycheck with little in their savings accounts, are struggling to feed their families. She takes into consideration the suffering the working class has to face when making her future policies such as the Wealth Tax. The difficulty of getting insurance, education, and health care among the working and lower class are major issues Warren sees in today’s society. The Wealth Tax is a solution she proposes that puts a 2% tax on individuals that own over 500,000,000 dollars in assets globally. The money would go into funding for better education, provide health care to families in need, relieve thousands of student loans, and fund projects to make the planet environmental friendly. Warren wants to take back the government from the elite that poisons democracy with their loopholes that are made with the assistance of the government. According to Warren, Americans right now do not have a stable economy with 40% of our citizens not having 400 dollars in savings for an emergency. Her goal as President is the bring back a government that works for the people and their needs.

Kamala Harris

Having a mother from India, and a father from Jamaica, who came to America during the civil rights movement, Kamala Harris has been surrounded and inspired by the ideas of true justice and equality. She brings these goals with her while running for President in 2020. Serving from 2004 to 2011 as the District Attorney of San Francisco, and current Senator of California, Harris dedicates her career to help the people of America in need hence the campaign slogan, “Kamala Harris For the People.” She strives to create a better justice system that serves true justice to the people instead of injustices. Harris is a big believer in the truth and runs her campaign with this philosophy. She is not afraid to speak the truth about herself and the problems currently in the country, and she focuses on how to solve these problems. She believes that the image painted of America does not represent who Americans are. The threat of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and white supremacy on public safety doesn’t represent who Americans are. Harris believes Americans can do much better than how global news outlets are portraying us. Her goal as President is to restore the national character of America and what Americans stand for. Harris will dedicate her Presidency to fix the issues of health care, the insufficient economy, environmental issues, the criminal justice system, and national security with true justice. She believes that the current government does not work for the people, but under her administration, the government will function to fight for the American people, the voiceless, hopeless, and the dreamers.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Growing up in Albany, New York, with parents who were attorney, Kirsten Gillibrand has experienced politics all her life. From being a lawyer to one of New York’s senators, Gillibrand brings all her experience in Congress to the presidential race. Although she was more of a conservative democrat early in her career, Gillibrand’s views had changed drastically, from moderate to more liberal, which broadens her levels of understanding with both sides. Her victory when running to represent a Republican district in upstate New York, as a Democrat, can be an example of her ability to unite the divided nation. Conversations with different people around the country, which changed her views, led to her exposure regarding the lack of justice the administration is giving to citizens. As a mother of two sons, Gillibrand promises to fight for the children of this country’s healthcare and public education, as if they were hers. She believes that health care and good public education should not be a privilege, but a basic human right. Her stance on the Second Amendment contains more effective background checks on customers and the ban on assault weapons. Gillibrand wants to bring back the hope of the American dream. She believes all Americans should have equal opportunities and a chance to rise into, and through, the middle class. Gillibrand is also a huge advocate for women’s rights and equality. She made speeches and spoke out about sexual assault, such as the Brett Kavanaugh nomination, to tell young women around the world that these actions are not acceptable and their voices matter. Gillibrand wants to create a government that is run by the people and for the people.

Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand running in the 2020 presidential race, along with many other women, is a sign of progress in a history polluted in sexism. Their views on the economy, the treatment of different groups, education, and health care have already attracted a huge audience early in the race. With the increasing amount of women in positions of power in government, the chances of having a female president are high due to the number of options Americans have in the primaries. The election of 2020 can make a mark in history, and represent all the progress made so far. It can inspire many young women to pursue their dreams. It can be the beginning of a new era in America.