American women have taken over headlines around the world. Last week, women made history in the 2018 midterms by taking more seats in Congress than ever before. Yet, amid these noteworthy victories, the 2020 elections are now on the horizon. While the male contenders in this presidential race may be more predictable, who are their female counterparts? Which women should we expect to see in the headlines in the next two years?
According to multiple sources, there seem to be four front-runners in the American women’s race to the first female presidency. The four Democrats listed below have been identified as possible 2020 candidates by news sources, supporters or colleagues. Click on the links below each description to explore their official websites and learn more.
Kirsten Gillibrand (51- New York)
Gillibrand is currently a United States Senator for New York and has been serving as such since 2009. She studied at Dartmouth College and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law before she was elected to the House in 2006. When she entered Congress, Gillibrand was known for her conservative position on many major issues despite being a member of the Democratic party. Yet, since her appointment to the Senate, she has moved further to the left and has reversed or altered many of her stances on topics like gun rights and immigration. Now she is considered a liberal Democrat and has put extensive time and effort toward combating sexual harassment issues within the justice system. She has spent years working to progress her bill, the Congressional Harassment Reform Act, and actively works to aid sexual assault survivors in the military and on college campuses. Gillibrand currently serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and the Special Committee on Aging.
Kamala Harris (53- California)
In 2017, Kamala Harris, from California, became the second African-American woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Before this, she had been the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General. Harris studied at Howard University and earned a law degree from Hastings College. Before becoming attorney general, Harris worked as district attorney of San Francisco where she became known for her tough attitude and prosecuted many serious cases. In this position she gained visibility due to her progressive stances, her creation of programs like “Back on Track” for first-time offenders and San Francisco’s first Environmental Justice Unit and encouraging the country to be “smart on crime.” While in the Senate, she has spent a lot of time trying to protect Dreamers and has been a strong voice supporting women’s and immigrant rights. Harris recently gained national attention for her questioning of Kavanaugh in the Senate hearing this fall. Harris currently serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on the Budget.
Amy Klobuchar (58- Minnesota)
Amy Klobuchar has been a senator for the state of Minnesota since 2006. She was the first woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. Klobuchar graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School before she pursued a career as a prosecutor and headed one of the largest prosecutor’s offices in Minnesota for many years. As a member of Congress, she has paid special attention to the needs of rural America, specifically by serving on the Farm Bill conference committee to help Congress reach agreements on the United States Farm Bill. She has also focused on needs in the Senate, itself, where she has led large ethics reforms to ensure fairness and transparency in government. Additionally, she wrote legislation to help boost same-day voter registration using tactics that had previously succeeded in Minnesota. Klobuchar is on the Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, the Rules and Administration Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Elizabeth Warren (69- Massachusetts)
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first woman from her state to hold this seat in 2013. Warren graduated from the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law and then set out on a career of almost 30 years as a law professor. Many of those years were spent as the Leo Gottlieb Professor (a notable professorship named after the past president of the New York Lawyer’s Association) at Harvard Law School. Prior to her election to the Senate, Warren was known for her extensive knowledge in bankruptcy law. After the 2008 financial crisis, she was a leader in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform and was chosen to be the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP). While in the Senate, she has focused much of her time on protecting and fighting for the middle class through tax policies and paid leave laws. She is an advocate for creating a level playing field between small businesses and large corporations. Warren recently made headlines after releasing a DNA test about her Native American heritage in response to comments made by President Donald Trump. Warren currently serves on the Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, the Committee on Health, Education, the Labor & Pensions, the Special Committee on Aging and the Committee on Armed Services.
Presently, these four women are the only ones from either side to make noise about possibly challenging President Trump in the 2020 elections. Of course, there is still plenty of time for other women to join the race.