The 2019 Democratic debate shows how striking it is to have more representation onstage

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The 2019 Democratic debate shows how striking it is to have more representation onstage

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This week’s Democratic debates were historic: They mark the first time ever that more than one woman candidate was onstage at a US presidential debate.

On Wednesday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stood alongside Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) in the first night of the debates. On Thursday, Sens. Kamala Harris(D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and author Marianne Williamson were among the Democratic contenders duking it out onstage.

Throughout America’s nearly 243-year history, there have only been five women candidates who’ve participated in a presidential debate, writes advocate Barbara Lee for NBC News. In this cycle alone, there will be six women doing so.

It’s a significant milestone for a whole slew of reasons. For one, the presence of more diverse voices ensures that there are a range of perspectives expressed on issues central to the Democratic Party, including health care, immigration, and wages. For another, the presence of more women candidates this cycle on both the debate stage and the campaign trail normalizes the idea of women as presidential candidates, helping shift the definition of “electability.”

Click here to read the full article published by Vox on 28 June 2019.

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