Post-Election Analysis on Ms. Magazine’s On The Issues with Michele Goodwin Podcast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 17, 2020

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a new issues- and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication.

In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—Did We Have a Fair Election? (with Vanita Gupta)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

On Saturday, Nov. 7, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and first Black and South Asian vice president-elect. The news of their victory resulted in widespread celebrations around the country and across the world.

And while there is cause for celebration, there is more work to be done and more questions to be asked. What did we learn from this election? Where and how did democracy flourish? What does the 2020 election mean for our democracy, our courts, and our state and federal agencies?

This week on the podcast, Dr. Goodwin is joined by Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Gupta has devoted her career to civil rights work. From 2014 to 2017, she served as acting assistant attorney general and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“The fact of the matter is that our democracy and our systems are set up so that the loser of an election doesn’t get to decide the outcome. The Constitution doesn’t require a concession.” —Vanita Gupta

“These are things that aren’t going to go away with Donald Trump on January 20—but actually longer-standing issues that we’re clearly going to need to deal with.” —Vanita Gupta

“We have to be really clear about what’s going on here: All of these efforts to undo the election results, Trump tweeting every day, “We will win,” his litigation around the country, and his legal efforts—these are failing around the country.” —Vanita Gupta

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood, is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to create the feminism of the future.


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