Over the next two days, millions of concerned Americans will tune into the cable news networks for live debates between the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. The first set of debates will feature twenty candidates on two separate nights. Tonight, candidates such as Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro and more will take the stage to debate solutions to the nation’s most prevalent and pressing issues. Tomorrow, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and more will take the stage to debate similar pressing issues in America.
This slate of candidates will feature a number of newcomers. More importantly, this slate of candidates will feature more women than ever. According to a report from Vox, these debates will mark the first time in history there has been more than one woman on stage during a presidential debate. During Wednesday night’s debate, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will debate alongside Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. During Thursday’s night debate, Kristen Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Marianne Williamson will debate.
A report from NBC showed that only five women had previously appeared on stage during a televised presidential debate. Over the next two nights, there will be six women. Overall, 30% of those debating are women.