Senator Elizabeth Warren publicly announced her exit from the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, leaving many saddened that it will be at least another four years before another woman will have a chance at becoming the next president of the United States.
While speaking to reporters about her exit from the race, Warren was asked what her message would be to the women and girls who were left between two white men to decide between. Sen. Warren replied:
“I know. One of the hardest parts of this all those pinky promises and all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years. That’s going to be hard.”
Warren was also asked whether gender played a specific role throughout her campaign.
“If you say, ‘Yeah — there was sexism in this race,’ everyone says, ‘Whiner.’ And if you say, ‘No, there was no sexism,’ about a bazillion women think, ‘What planet do you live on?'”
Warren’s take on gender’s role in her campaign shows how difficult it is for women to navigate themselves in the political sphere ultimately dominated by men.
Although a bit disheartened by her decision to drop out of the race, Warren, in an interview with Rachel Maddow on March 5, said she was hopeful that one day there will be a woman president—but until then, there needs to be persistent change and fight.
“You get in this fight, and you know when you go into it, there were multiple people who just said ‘this will be part of the problem,’” Warren told Maddow. “But you get in the fight because you just have to keep beating at it until you finally break the thing.”