Despite a record number of female candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020, feminist groups, still smarting from Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, think women are the victims of sexism when it comes to running for political office. And this time they are blaming the media.
This week, a coalition of feminist groups, including EMILY’s List, Women’s March, and UltraViolet, released a letter calling out the media for its supposed bias against female candidates. “The historic number of highly qualified women candidates in the race are given significantly less attention and media exposure than their male peers,” the letter states. “And when the media does focus on women candidates, there is often a default to sexist tropes about women in leadership or a lack of focus on the substantive backgrounds and policies of the women candidates.”