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Petitioning Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates Mike McCurry and 3 others

It's Time for a Woman Moderator: Equality in the 2012 Presidential Debates!


(Note: To sign a second petition calling on the Romney and Obama campaigns to support the call for a woman presidential debate moderator, please go here: http://www.change.org/petitions/obama-and-romney-support-the-call-for-a-woman-to-moderate-a-presidential-debate)

This is an exciting time to be a young woman interested in politics. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin’s presidential and vice presidential campaigns put women in the spotlight in the political realm in 2008, finally providing a way for girls across our nation to envision themselves in these positions of power.

We already know that no women will be on stage at this year's presidential debates, but what about in the moderator's chair? We were shocked to find out that it has been 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate.

Moderators are chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is made up of three women out of seventeen commissioners.  20 years is way too long: we're encouraging the Commission to name at least one woman to moderate one of the three upcoming presidential debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Presidential debate moderators have a lot power when it comes to helping the American public to better understand candidates. Being a moderator is a tough job; the moderator must keep debate flowing, make sure candidates stay focused on relevant topics, and maintain an unbiased stance. 

Men are no more capable of performing these tasks than women -- but for the last two decades, only men have been given the job.

Women and men will never be truly equal in our country until they’re one and the same in positions of power and both visible in politics.  We need to take immediate action in order to move towards this change. There is no reason why a woman shouldn’t have a chance to show what she’s capable of by moderating debates in the upcoming election.

Tell the Commission on Presidential Debates to have a woman moderate one of the debates now.

Letter to
Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates Mike McCurry
Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates Janet Brown
Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates Frank Fahrenkopf
and 1 other
Commission on Presidential Debates
A lot has happened in the United States since 1992 -- the last time a woman moderated presidential debates: the crashing of the World Trade Center, the election of our first African American president, and an increasing involvement of women in politics. Or so it would seem. Yet, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, women hold only 17% of the seats in Senate and 16.8% of the seats in the House of Representatives. In the past twenty years, they have made up 0% of moderators of the Presidential debates.

Women and men will never be truly equal in our country until they’re one and the same in positions of power and both visible in politics. We need to take immediate action in order to move towards this change. It is time for a woman to have a chance to show what she’s capable of by moderating debates in the upcoming election.

Please, in one of the three upcoming presidential debates, appoint a woman moderator.

Sincerely