We’re twenty-two months away from Election Day, but the 2020 Presidential race has already begun—and it features a fascinating group of female candidates. This week, we’re bringing you pieces about some of these women, one of whom may be sitting in the Oval Office in two years’ time. Jeffrey Toobin profiles Elizabeth Warren, in “The Professor,” and, in “The Warren Brief,” Jill Lepore explores her views about corruption and inequality. Benjamin Wallace-Wells explains how Kamala Harris transformed from a prosecutor into a politician, and Evan Osnos chronicles the rise of Kirsten Gillibrand, who is “known for a near-evangelical confidence in the prospect of bipartisanship, in the restoration of the Senate, and in herself.” Kelefa Sanneh meets Tulsi Gabbard, the young, unorthodox representative from Hawaii who, if she won, would be our first Hindu President. And, finally, in a piece from 1928, Russel Crouse tells the story of Victoria Woodhull, who became the first woman to run for President, in 1872, as the nominee of the Equal Rights Party. Last year’s midterm elections saw an unprecedented number of women win seats in Congress. Contemplating the strengths of the women who have announced their candidacy for President so far, it’s easy to see how the 2020 election could be similarly historic.

David Remnick


Kamala Harris’s Choices

“Much of the talk as the Democratic field takes shape has been of the progressive and moderate lanes. Harris’s candidacy suggests a subtler divide, over whether the country is in a deep enough crisis that a profound economic and social transformation is needed.”


The Warren Brief

“Elizabeth Warren has a case to make about what bankers do with other people’s money; she’s been making it for twenty-five years.”


Strong Vanilla

“In a Congress that has passed fewer laws than any since 1947, Kirsten Gillibrand stands out for a stubborn determination to do her job. ”


Against the Tide

“One question is whether Tulsi Gabbard’s life story will turn out to be too interesting—too unusual—for her own good.”


The Professor

“Elizabeth Warren makes no gauzy promises of hope and change, and she wades into conflict rather than trying to rise above it. She is a candidate of, and for, hard times.”


Victoria Woodhull’s Campaign

“Now and again, as women bowl over the remaining barricades, there rises the shyly suggested possibility that one day there may be a feminine candidate for President.”