Sen. Harris: ‘Women Are Held to a Different Standard than Men’ in Politics

‘Because there are just so few examples of women in these roles that people are searching for what should be the standard’

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HARRIS: “I think that women are held to a different standard as a general matter and perhaps because there are just so few examples of women in these roles that people are searching for what should be the standard, instead of understanding that the attributes of a leader are really not particular to gender. They are about qualifications. They are about one’s desire to lead. It is about one’s ability to actually be relevant to the people that they represent, to be innovative, to have a vision. Those should be the standards. So, perhaps, if we were unable to see the gender of those who have been leaders, we would understand that it’s not specific to gender or one’s physical presence or being. It really should be about their capacity, their willingness and their ability to lead.”

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