TIME’S UP Reflects on November 20th Democratic Presidential Debate

Changing Laws & Policy, Debates, Equity, Federal Policy, TIME'S UP 2020, Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, reflects on the November 20th presidential primary debate:

“This was a historic night in politics. We have not had a primary debate moderated by more than two women in more than two decades – tonight we had four remarkable women moderators. MSNBC and the Washington Post created a panel that is more reflective of the U.S. electorate, and it showed.

“By asking about paid leave and sexual harassment, the moderators of tonight’s debate gave these critical issues time and attention that was long overdue. Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Kristen Welker, and Ashley Parker set the example for what every presidential debate should be like. There’s no going back now.”

For fully two decades, moderators have rarely — if ever — asked candidates on either side of the aisle to define their policy positions on paid leave, child care, pay equity, or sexual harassment — issues of central concern to women’s safety, equity, and power at work. That’s according to an analysis conducted by TIME’S UP Now, which found that moderators have historically left crucial issues that matter to voters out of the conversation. View the report here.


TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy and political arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.