The Femo: Women on the ticket
Do the names Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala sound familiar to you? Running on the Green Party ticket, Stein and Honkala are the only all-female presidential and vice-presidential contenders this year. Supporters in 41 states and the District of Columbia will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the pair.
Stein is a Harvard-educated physician who has testified and appeared as an environmental health expert. She recently took part in an NPR debate with Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, and she is also the first Jewish presidential contender. Honkala has advocated for the rights of the poor and homeless (and was once poor and homeless herself).
The centerpiece of the Stein-Honkala campaign is the Green New Deal, a four-part plan for a right to employment, a greener economy, a more honest financial system, and greater protections of civil liberties.
The pair’s presidential platform is, as one might expect, incredibly woman-friendly. Stein and Honkala seek to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, lift the ban on morning-after contraception, grant women access to all “medically necessary” contraceptive and reproductive medical care, and legalize same-sex marriage across the nation. Even the Democrats can’t boast that their women’s rights policies go as far as Stein and Honkala’s would.
Unfortunately, I doubt we’d see a Republican or even Democratic ticket endorse such woman-friendly policies anytime soon. But more importantly, we can hope the day when all-female presidential tickets are not merely a third-party phenomenon is close. Imagine the satisfaction all American women will feel upon shattering one of the most important glass ceilings. A woman can dream, right?
photo of Dr. Jill Stein by Richard Hurd