A record five women have entered the 2020 presidential race as major candidates for the Democratic primary, making this year’s International Women’s Day that much more significant for the women in the race.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called the holiday “more than a celebration — it’s also a call to action.”
#InternationalWomensDay is more than a celebration—it's also a call to action. As far as we've come, we still have barriers to tear down so we can all have equal opportunity and respect. Let's keep marching, and with every step, let's reach back and pull others up with us.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 8, 2019
“For #InternationalWomensDay, I’m committing to lifting up the voices of women who aren’t being heard — today I’ll share some of those stories,” she continued on Twitter on Friday. “We have more fights ahead of us, but when we join together and show courage, there’s no wrong we can’t right and no barrier we can’t break.”
Gillibrand highlighted two articles on Twitter about violence against transgender individuals and women seeking asylum on the U.S.-Mexico border.
In Sen. Kamala Harris‘ (D-Calif.) International Women’s Day message, she repeated a notion she’s often said throughout her campaign: “All issues are women’s issues.”
Harris wrote in a tweet Friday that climate change, criminal justice reform, national security, and the economy all count in her book as women’s issues.
From the economy to climate change to criminal justice reform to national security, all issues are women’s issues — and a key to tackling these challenges we face is to make sure women are at the table. #IWD2019https://t.co/hWy22rdDTj
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 8, 2019
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) went a step further by publishing a blog post on Friday about what International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month means to her.
I want every little girl to grow up knowing that they can fight from the heart — and they can win. Today, and every day, I want to celebrate every woman who wakes up ready to fight to make life better for them. #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth https://t.co/eUBr3YnunZ
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 8, 2019
“So today, and every day, I’m celebrating every woman who wakes up ready to fight to make life better for all the girls who’ll come after us,” she wrote in a post for Medium. She added:
Make no mistake: We’ve got a lot of work to do — protecting a woman’s right to control her own body, making sure women get equal pay for equal work, continuing to demand justice and accountability for sexual harassment and assault, stopping right-wing judges from trying to turn the clock back to the 1950s, and the fundamental issue of getting our government to work for our families, not just for the rich and powerful.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) used the holiday to highlight the need for more women in authority.
“The lack of women in leadership roles holds back not only women, but all people,” she tweeted.
The lack of women in senior positions continues to stymie progress on issues from pay to humanitarian aid to discrimination in all its forms. The lack of women in leadership roles holds back not only women, but all people. #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/Jte7RiShM3
— Senator Amy Klobuchar (@SenAmyKlobuchar) March 8, 2019
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made history in 2016 as the first woman presidential nominee for a major party.
Despite her loss, Clinton has been encouraging women to run for office. She implied in an interview this week that she won’t seek political office again, but this International Women’s Day, she issued a challenge for other women.
“We know that when women run for office, they’re elected at the same rate as men,” Clinton wrote on Twitter on Friday. “But not as many women run as men — often because people don’t ask women to run as often as they ask men.”
For #InternationalWomensDay, I'm issuing you a challenge.
We know that when women run for office, they're elected at the same rate as men.
But not as many women run as men—often because people don't ask women to run as often as they ask men.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 8, 2019
“So think of a woman you know who should run for office. Then take a moment today to ask her to do it,” Clinton continued in a separate tweet, encouraging people to reach out to Emily’s List and other organizations. “With one question, you could start something pretty big.”