It’s Presidential Debate Season – But Where are the Women?
When it comes to the political process, women are used to being marginalized. Women make up just 16.8% of seats in Congress, and while women are nearly 50% of news anchors, less than 25% of all news stories are reported on by women. Taking all of that into account, combined with the fact that Presidential elections for the last four cycles have included three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates and you might be surprised to learn that none of these debates have been moderated by women. In fact, a woman has not moderated a Presidential debate since 1992.
If you think that’s as crazy as I do, join the club. No, really, join the club! A group of high school students from New Jersey has started a petition to call for a woman to moderate one of the upcoming Presidential debates. And in the world of Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Soledad O’Brien, and so many strong women in the media, there’s no drought in potential candidates for moderator.