‘No Barrier We Can’t Break’: Female Presidential Candidates Share International Women’s Day Messages

Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris
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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.”

“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.

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.

“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.

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.”

“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.”

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Judy Smith
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You gals just hide and watch !! You think you’re so smart, but you will get what you deserve when all is said and done.

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