Kirsten Gillibrand's losing brand of feminism

Here's why Gillibrand 2020 is going nowhere

Kirsten Gillibrand.

The polls trickling in after last month's Democratic debate show that New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand received absolutely no bump from her lively performance. Around 1 percent of voters supported her bid for the presidency before the event — and 1 percent did so after.

She is an attractive and well-spoken candidate who had generated high expectations. Why is she flailing? Essentially because she is selling a brand of feminism with little resonance beyond Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's white professional female devotees, especially when the country is preoccupied with so many other pressing issues.

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