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Did Kamala Harris’s debate performance energize women voters?

With all the post-debate chatter about whether Vice President Mike Pence patronized and “mansplained” to California’s U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and whether her “I’m speaking” was powerful or not, perhaps the most consequential point is this: Did the first woman of color on a presidential ticket do enough to energize women to vote?

With less than a month remaining before the Nov. 3 election — and with a polarized nation eagerly taking sides — it’s difficult to find any voter who is truly undecided. But with the gender gap widening when it comes to presidential preferences, the power of the women’s vote, especially if the election is close, is all the more consequential.

“This election is very little about changing people’s minds. Most people are where they’re going to be,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Politics and Women at Rutgers University. “The question is, can part

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Opinion | Kamala Harris’s facial expressions at the debate were her strength

Vice President Pence wasn’t following the rules — not about timing, not about interrupting — during Wednesday’s debate. Moderator Susan Page’s efforts at polite shushing, uttering repeated “thank you’s,” was about as effective as a cafeteria monitor trying to halt a food fight. It fell to Harris to remind the vice president, “I’m speaking” — something he already knew but chose to ignore.

If Harris had raised her voice in those moments, she would have been labeled shrill. If she had frowned, she would have been labeled a scold. If she had raised a hand, she would have been called angry or even unhinged.

So she smiled as she held her ground — and of course they called it a smirk, a grin that by definition comes off as irritating or smug. But it was more than that. Harris gave Pence “The Look” — and you don’t have to look

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Kamala Harris’s Debate Fashion Statement Was So Subtle, You Likely Missed It

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Photo credit: ROBYN BECK – Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Just before the start of the vice presidential debate last night, I came across a tweet from actor and director Elizabeth Banks. “I hope Mike Pence smiles enough, is likable, and doesn’t comes (sic) across as angry,” she said, in the sarcastic missive that went viral. “Also, OMG, like, what’s he gonna be wearing?”

It was a searing critique of the double standards women are held to, a funny-because-uggggh-it’s-painfully-true summation. Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and the first Black and South Asian woman on a major party ticket, faces a particularly unfair and difficult tightrope in her bid to appeal to the American electorate—and that includes her choice of campaign clothing.

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Why Kamala Harris’s Remarkably Unremarkable Fashion Is Revolutionary

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Photo credit: Alex Wong – Getty Images

From Town & Country

Kamala Harris is not afraid to make a statement—she just doesn’t do it with her clothes.

The Vice Presidential candidate arrived at last night’s debate prepared to lacerate her opponent with her notoriously incisive arguments, wearing an outfit designed to shrink into the background. Placed side-by-side onscreen—she in her black pantsuit, black shirt, pearls, and flag pin; he in his black suit, white shirt, red tie, and flag pin—Harris’s clothing almost blended into Pence’s, notable only in its somber simplicity.

Save for a few exceptions (the bedazzled rainbow jean jacket she wore to a Pride parade, for instance) Harris’s fashions seem almost designed to resist interpretation. Her blazers, pantsuits, understated pearls—yes, even her oft-noted Chuck Taylors—stare blankly back at us when we hold them up to a microscope, offering nothing but a vague, down-to-earth professionalism.

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Photo credit: ERIC BARADAT
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‘Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking’: Women praise Kamala Harris’s response to Mike Pence’s debate interruptions

Minutes into the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night, as Senator Kamala Harris described her view of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice President Mike Pence and debate moderator Susan Page began to interject.

“Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking. I’m speaking,” Harris turned to Pence and said.

Harris repeated the refrain later in the debate, while rebutting Pence’s claim that Joe Biden would try to raise taxes on Americans in response to a question on the economy posed by Page.

According to NBC News, which tracked the number of interruptions by each candidate during the debate, Pence interrupted Harris almost twice as many times as she interrupted him.

The phrase began trending on Twitter, with Harris’s use of the line sparking support from women who appeared to empathize with being interrupted by men at work.

It even played out during CNN’s post-debate broadcast, when, as political analyst

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Why Sen. Kamala Harris’s telling Vice President Mike Pence, ‘I am speaking,’ is resonating with so many women online

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Mike Pence, Kamala Harris posing for a photo: Sen. Kamala Harris sought to put a halt to Vice President Mike Pence’s talking over her during their Wednesday debate.


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Sen. Kamala Harris sought to put a halt to Vice President Mike Pence’s talking over her during their Wednesday debate.

While Wednesday night’s vice-presidential debate was much more civil than last week’s interruption-intensive face-off between the presidential candidates, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris also talked over each other at times — and Joe Biden’s running mate wasn’t having it.

“Mr. Vice President, I am speaking.”

“If you don’t mind letting me finish, we can have a conversation.”

“He interrupted me, and I’d like to just finish, please.”

Harris’s repeated refusal to let Pence talk over her led to these quotes trending on Twitter on Wednesday night. And many tweets featured other women calling out how often they have experienced similar interruptions in their lives, particularly at work.

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Women cheer on Harris’s ‘I’m speaking’ response in debate: ‘I hope every little girl heard that’

Women on social media cheered on Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOvernight Defense: Top military officers quarantine after positive COVID case | Distracted pilot, tech issues led to F-35 crash It matters: Kamala Harris and the VP debate CDC director says it’s safe for Pence to take part in debate MORE (D-Calif.) over a viral exchange with Vice President Pence during their vice presidential debate Wednesday night.

Harris twice interjected “I’m speaking,” when interrupted by Pence, with clips of the moments being widely shared online and appearing to resonate with many of the women who were watching.

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Kamala Harris’s Ambition Trap – The Atlantic

The specter of the bitch has lived on in American politics. Geraldine Ferraro, Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984, found herself dismissed by George H. W. Bush’s press secretary as “too bitchy” for the No. 2 job. The critiques of Ferraro, and of Sarah Palin during the 2008 election cycle, didn’t always summon fears of Lady Macbeth—sometimes the goal just seemed to be to push the ladies back into their rightful place. Remember all the breathless stories about Palin’s figure, and her glasses and wardrobe? Ferraro was asked, at a campaign stop, whether she could bake blueberry muffins. Even some of Mondale’s aides, Ferraro later said, were so condescending to her that she suggested that whenever they looked at her, they should “pretend” that she was “a gray-haired southern gentleman, a senator from Texas.”

The vice presidency is a

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