Several extremely qualified women have already joined the race for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination. And sadly, these candidates will likely endure sexist backlash—including the time-honored argument that America is “not ready” for a female president. However, Senator Kamala Harris has the perfect response to people who doubt her candidacy.
During a January 28th CNN town hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Harris answered questions about her political record and her plans from the campaign. One audience member, playwright and composer Robert John Ford, noted that Democrats were eager to “nominate the candidate that has the best shot at defeating Donald Trump.” He then asked how he could respond to sexist complaints that a man might have a better chance in the election.
Ford’s question elicited laughs from the senator, who stood up to applaud him. The audience followed suit, cheering in the background. Harris then went on to argue that, in the end, the best candidate would win—regardless of gender.
Harris, who was both the first black American and the first woman to serve as California’s attorney general, noted that she is no stranger to this kind of criticism. She said that she’d heard, “People aren’t ready” and “Oh it’s not your time” in previous campaigns. But she made it clear that she didn’t let the naysayers stop her.
IOHO, America is more than ready for a female president, and we hope that someday (very soon) it becomes a reality. May the best candidate win.