Ignoring women candidates
Alexis Grenell and Christina Greer
Why are the Democrats’ women candidates being ignored? asked Alexis Grenell and Christina Greer. Some polls show Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke all running ahead of the five female candidates running for president, including two with sterling credentials: Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. It’s no shock that Biden and Sanders are currently on top, given their previous presidential runs and high name recognition. But “it’s galling to see previously obscure men with limited accomplishments like ‘Beto’ and ‘Mayor Pete’ leapfrog over women whose outsize accomplishments and respective résumés would put most people to shame.” Warren, a former Harvard professor and influential U.S. senator, every week releases detailed, thoughtful policy proposals to help middle-class Americans. Buttigieg, who won re-election in tiny South Bend, Ind., with roughly 8,500 votes, dismisses policy details as “minutia.” Harris, a former California attorney general and the second black woman to serve as a U.S. senator, has received far less attention than O’Rourke, a wealthy heir who “won fame for losing a Senate race.” When women have more qualifications than men, they are inevitably dismissed as “less likable.” That’s pure misogyny.