Opinion | Can a Woman Win the Presidency? Yes, She Can

To the Editor:

ReSix Female Candidates, One Unrelenting Refrain” (front page, July 4):

Your article poses the question, “Do you really think a woman could be elected president?”

In 2016 voters favored the woman candidate by more than three million votes. Women powered the Democratic success in the 2018 midterms, as candidates, campaign workers and voters. The 2020 election will be decided by women, African-Americans and young voters, all of whom are prepared to vote for a woman.

Hillary Clinton did not lose in 2016 because she is a woman. She lost because she ran a terrible campaign, ignoring rural and working-class voters.

The answer to the question is “yes.”

William Archer Brown
Gaithersburg, Md.

To the Editor:

All candidates have some “I don’t think she/he can win” issues, whether it is being female, gay, old, a person of color, white or unlikable. Almost no one thought either Donald Trump or Barack Obama had a chance at the beginning of their runs for president (and in Mr. Trump’s case, up until Election Day).

We need to determine the differences among all of the candidates in order to figure out whom to support in the primaries. And we need to find out who we think can best handle Mr. Trump in a debate and handle all that he and his people will try to throw at any Democratic candidate.

A strong woman may very well be the only candidate who can win against Mr. Trump.

Kim Matthews
Westbrook, Me.

To the Editor:

I want to suggest that an all-female team — Elizabeth Warren for president and Kamala Harris for vice president — would win. Before you respond that it’s a double whammy, please note that the United States has been the laggard in this regard. Not only has Angela Merkel been in power in Germany for more than 13 years, but many other countries have been led by a woman at some time in recent history: Israel, Argentina, Norway, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, New Zealand and scores more, for good or ill.

Americans showed, with the election of our current Congress, that we are at last catching up. Ms. Warren and Ms. Harris are a dream ticket, and most of the rest of the other hopefuls would form a dynamite cabinet.

Who would vote for them and who would not? Except for die-hard Trumpians, I think lots of women would, along with young men, union members, independents who are fed up, and every outraged parent who can’t stomach the sight of caged children.

Nyna Polumbaum
Brookline, Mass.


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