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There’s nothing radical about a female vice president

By: Kate Manne
New York Times
July 28, 2020

From Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election to the failure of the Democratic Party to choose a female candidate for 2020 despite an abundance of qualified women, the past few years have been disappointing to those who believe a female president is long overdue, writes Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy, in a New York Times op-ed.

“Could a female vice president help to change this troubling situation?” Manne writes in the piece. “While there’s reason to regard Joe Biden’s pending selection of a female running mate as a step in the right direction, it’s ultimately a small one. And far from challenging the prevailing biases against powerful women, a female vice president would in some ways reinforce them.”

Read the story in the New York Times.