Penn State professor says Vice President-elect Kamala Harris may help ‘change the narrative’ for women in politics

Written by on November 12, 2020

 Penn State professor says Vice President-elect Kamala Harris may help ‘change the narrative’ for women in politics 

By Brittany Sweeney

November 12, 2020

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Kamala Harris is set to become the first woman and person of color to hold the office of vice president.

WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney spoke with a local expert about what this means for women in politics.

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Communications Professor Nichola Gutgold from Penn State Lehigh Valley has been researching and writing about women and the American presidency for more than 20 years.

She says Harris’s win will impact women candidates in future elections.

“Most people forget very quickly people who have run for president, and they really tend to forget women very quickly because they still don’t see them as viable candidates. The election of Kamala Harris as the first vice president of the United States has the potential to change that narrative,” said Gutgold.

Gutgold also points out — similar to when President Obama was elected —Harris’ position doesn’t mean all racial injustices are now washed away, but she says with the racial divide in the country, it was the right time for a woman of color to be on the ticket. 

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