Women Democrats and some media pundits are suggesting and demanding that Joe Biden, the presumptive party nominee, pick a woman to balance his ticket…
Progressives of course want one of their own…
More than two dozen female leaders are demanding that the Democratic presidential nominee choose a woman as their running mate.
In a letter to the Democratic National Committee and the eventual winner of the primary, top officials at EMILY’s List, the American Federation of Teachers, Working Families Party and several other groups argued that mobilizing women is an essential component in defeating President Donald Trump.
“Democratic victory in 2020 will depend on record-breaking participation by women,” they wrote. “Women are the backbone of the Democratic party. Women are a majority of Democratic voters, volunteers and donors.”
The women who signed on to the letter called for the Democratic nominee to make five other commitments, including appointing a majority-women cabinet, investing in women-led mobilization efforts, and making women-focused economic issues such as paid family leave a priority in the first 100 days.
They also called on the nominee to “lift up and honor the voices and leadership of women serving on your campaigns, including staff and family” and develop a platform that reflects the diversity of women — “Black; Latina; Indigenous; Asian and Pacific Islander; white; undocumented and refugee; disabled; lesbian, bi, queer and trans; urban, suburban, rural.”
Their letter comes after a historically diverse Democratic field of women and people of color has narrowed to two white men, which has disappointed many Democrats. On Tuesday, Joe Biden solidified his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders.
“Put simply, it is time for women’s leadership. In 2018, we delivered the largest recorded gender gap and the largest female congressional delegation to the Democrats,” said Heather McGhee, a distinguished senior fellow at the think tank Demos who signed onto the letter. “These demands represent the minimum the party and nominee will need to do to keep the momentum going.”
AFT president Randi Weingarten said she and other women who signed the letter joined together in Washington, D.C. last Thursday, which happened to be the day Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race….