In the immediate aftermath of Elizabeth Warren’s announcement that she had dropped out of the 2020 race, claims of sexism roared across headlines and social media timelines.

An article for The Nation had a headline which read: Sexism Sank Elizabeth Warren.

Another, from Slate: “I Waited Four Years for This?” The anguish of Clinton-Warren supporters.

And yet another, from Vanity Fair: Hillary Clinton: “Incredible” Elizabeth Warren Lost Because She’s a Woman.

Fellow 2020 dropout and senator, Kamala Harris, spoke out against the perceived sexism, saying: “This election cycle in particular has … presented very legitimate questions about the challenges of women running for president of the United States.”

Unfortunately for those who like to bank on sexism as the reason for their favorite candidates falling flat, the research has shown that gender has no bearing on a candidate’s success.

As The New York Times reported on a study in June 2019: “The research found that in large part, women and people of color in 2018 were as likely to win their elections as white men, once they were on the ballot.”

The director of the organization which conducted the study noted: “‘White men’s elect-ability advantage is a myth. When reflective candidates are on the ballot, they win as often as white men.’”

While women are still underrepresented in government, it’s not because they’re losing at the hands of sexism. The issue, rather, is recruiting women to actually run.

But that wasn’t Elizabeth Warren’s issue. She ran. And she lost.

But maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t because she’s a woman.

Warren ran a campaign which catered to the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Her ideas included, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Green New Deal

  • Eliminate $640 billion in college debt and make college “free”

  • Medicare for All

(She also famously, and incorrectly, declared for years that she was of Native American descent. Nevertheless, she…apologized.)

Barring the heat from her false ancestry claims, Warren’s policies alone stand in sharp contrast to views held by a majority of the country.

All the evidence here points not to a loss based on her gender, but because of her track record.

We do women a disservice when we reduce them to their genders to diminish the blow of a loss. We do women a disservice when we cry sexism while ignoring the inconvenient facts about the substance of her policies. Warren called for policies that did not resonate with a majority of the country, she garnered backlash for falsely claiming to be part of a minority group, and she failed to accumulate enough support even in the state in which she was elected to national office. (Warren came in third in her home state of Massachusetts).

Elizabeth Warren did not have to drop out because she’s a woman; she had to drop out because she is a nonviable candidate. We can support females in politics without supporting politicians because they are females.

Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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