Hi Elena, I’m basing this off of their experience for the most part. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gilibrand are all four Senators and relatively accomplished Senators at that. Tulsi Gabbard is a Representative and Marianne Williamson is a self-help author. I personally have serious concerns regarding both Gabbard and Williamson, but that does not detract from the other women running.

In regards to policies, I understand why you would ask that question, because ultimately that will be the decider on *which* woman should be President, but that wasn’t really the point of this article. I did not really make this argument but my way of thinking about it is none of the male candidates offers as much as “the four major female candidates.” So there’s no real reason for the men to run in the first place. This was more pronounced in 2016, but the women in this primary are more qualified than the men and had their policy platforms ready to go when they announced their candidacy. Some of the men did have policies outlined, but they’re not showing that they’ve researched or are prepared to flesh those policies out. You can read my article on populism for why that makes me incredibly uncomfortable.

But most crucially and the real thrust of my argument here is that most of the women are showing grace under pressure and the men simply are not. Trump will exploit that assuming he remains the GOP candidate. Within our current society it remains difficult to elect a woman due to pervasive and institutional misogyny, but given the situation it is in my mind near impossible to win with a man. Particularly a white man. So not only are the women more qualified with policies fleshed out and ready to go, but they’re the only candidates equipped and trained to fight this battle.

I do not presently have any plans to directly address the policies of any or all of the candidates. This is partially because I already have a favorite and partially because I would either have to spend a great deal of time carefully researching all of the candidates or I would end up writing a campaign ad for my preferred candidate. There is a possibility that as 2020 heats up I may change my mind on that and I probably *will* be addressing *aspects* of policy as things get underway because already I’ve seen some hints of populism.

But there you go. I hope that sufficiently answered your question. You may also be interested in some of my other already extant articles. If you’re still curious as to my reasoning you might want to check those out. They also tend to have considerably more citation than this one did.

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