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‘This Is the First Time in History’ That Women Were the Majority at a Primary Debate

Dropping some knowledge. Photo by: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Dropping some knowledge. Photo by: Win McNamee/Getty Images

At Thursday’s Democratic debate at the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton dropped a history lesson: There were one, two, three women onstage — Hillary Clinton and the two moderators, co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. And then there was one Bernie Sandwich — er, Sanders.

Refreshing. But what makes this observation historic? When moderator Judy Woodruff asked if voters should feel obligated to support a woman candidate (a reference to Madeleine Albright’s comments last weekend), Clinton laid down this fact:

“I would note, just as a historic aside, somebody told me today we’ve had like 200 presidential primary debates, and this is the first time there’s been a majority of women on the stage, so you know, we’ll take our progress wherever we can find it.”

Clinton preceded those comments by saying she has “no argument with anyone making up her mind about who to support.”

But when it comes to whether the whole woman thing matters, it’s best to take a look around the stage at this debate. And then listen to Woodruff call Senator Sanders, a white male candidate, “the minority” of the night.

There’s no denying history.

Women Dominated the Stage at the Primary Debate