Opinion | Excited Again About a Woman on the Ticket

To the Editor:

Re “Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Achieving a First” (front page, Aug. 12):

On July 20, 1984, a Times editorial led with a female political professional’s quote about Geraldine Ferraro becoming the first woman on a major party ticket: “The reaction has been so extraordinary that you have to wonder: Why was there any question about it in the first place? People are excited about politics for the first time this year.”

True. But then only seven women had ever served as governor; now 44 have. Just 15 women had been senators, now 57 have. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has 100 sisters in her House. And we are one third of the Supreme Court.

The gender gap grows, especially among minority constituencies. In the 2018 midterms about 92 percent of Black women voted Democratic. More women vote than men. We play the president and vice president on TV shows,

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