Last night on"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she will be starting the legal process of running for the Democratic presidential nomination, joining the many other women (Harris, Gabbard, Warren, Gillibrand to name a few) seeking to become the Democratic nominee. While some are ecstatic about the sheer volume of female hopefuls, exclaiming, "this is Hillary's legacy", others fear that they are attesting to the idea that there is no woman "right" for the nomination. Perhaps their concern is valid; every announcement is followed by mass controversy, from Gabbard being too young to Warren being too radical, albeit every candidate (regardless of race, gender, or political affiliation) sparks controversy. Do female candidates spark more than their male counterparts though? We are now back to the question "What role, if any, does gender play in politics?"
Personally, I believe that women do spark more controversy, even among democrats and especially for this election. The sad truth is that many worry about a woman's ability to do the job as well or that she would be sexually assaulted while in office; this is a mindset that challenges female candidates in addition to being held to a double standard. Moreover, hundreds of thousands are upset with Trump, making the pressure to find the right nominee to rival him more intense than ever. I know this holds true for me. I would love to see a woman as president in 2020, but I refuse to vote for a candidate solely because of their gender. I'm looking for the "right" first female president and my standards are sky high.
To conclude, I pose the question "Can a woman win the 2020 presidential election and, more importantly, will the "right" woman choose to run?