A social media campaign helps Candy Crowley become the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years
This is a strange election when it comes to gender, after the paradigm-shattering represented by Hillary Clinton and, for better or worse, Sarah Palin during the last cycle. The only woman running for president, Michele Bachmann, flamed out early (and for good reason). Mitt Romney passed over the female governors whose names were floated for vice president. At the same time, Republicans aren’t backing down from either a state-level or federal obsession with limiting reproductive rights, while Barack Obama might as well be guest-blogging at Feministing these days.
“When it’s two men running for president, it’s critical that there be women on the stage asking the questions,” said Knox. “One of the girls, Emma Axelrod, keeps saying, next is a woman on the stage answering the questions. It’s important for girls like them to see women on the stage in whatever role.”