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Sen. Elizabeth Warren ends her bid for the White House but America's moms keep fighting

No matter who your preferred candidate (or party, even) the elimination of all women from the race for the presidency is significant.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren ends her bid for the White House but America's moms keep fighting

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to vote. This year is also saw woman after woman drop out of the race to be the Democratic party's presidential candidate.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential campaign, which means that while 2020 is the #yearofthemother, we won't see a mother in the presidential race this year.

No matter who your preferred candidate (or party, even) the elimination of all women from the race for the presidency is significant. It means that while nations like New Zealand, Finland, Iceland and Namibia have women in the highest office (and plenty more countries have seen women leaders in past terms) women and girls in the United States are still waiting to witness a moment that signals political equality.

There are many Americans who believe in gender equality and are supporting Sen. Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden or President Trump—supporting one of these men does not necessarily mean a person doesn't believe in gender equality—but there are also many Americans who feel let down today and the opportunity for the United States to take an important step toward gender equality is now at least four years away.

One after another, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren ended their campaigns, but each of these women contributed very important ideas to the United States' democracy while seeking its highest office.

In her "Family Bill of Rights" Gillibrand suggested that by guaranteeing moms the right to a safe and healthy pregnancy, the right to give birth or adopt a child, regardless of income or sexual orientation, the right to a safe and affordable nursery, the right to personally care for the baby while still getting paid, and the right to affordable child care and early education, the United States could ensure that every child—regardless of income, race of gender—could reach their full potential.

Harris reintroduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act, aimed a spotlight at racial disparities in maternal health, and in calling to extend the school day she drew attention to the after-school care crisis that impacts so many American families.

By crediting her daughter's difficult birth and her postpartum challenges as the birth of her political ambition, Amy Klobuchar showed the country just how much mothers' perspectives are needed in politics and that motherhood isn't a handicap, but an asset.

And by hanging in there, persisting, and forcing powerful men to own their mistakes, Elizabeth Warren inspired many American women.

When she ended her campaign this week she told one last story on a call with her staff:

"When I voted yesterday at the elementary school down the street, a mom came up to me. And she said she has two small children, and they have a nightly ritual. After the kids have brushed teeth and read books and gotten that last sip of water and done all the other bedtime routines, they do one last thing before the two little ones go to sleep," Warren explained.

She continued: "Mama leans over them and whispers, 'Dream big.' And the children together reply, 'Fight hard.' Our work continues, the fight goes on, and big dreams never die."

The dreams of women in America will never die. It's been 100 years since the dream of a vote for women became real, and it may be four more years before we see a woman in the White House. But for now, we persist. For now, the fight goes on.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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Report: President Trump plans to choose Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

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When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday her spot on the Supreme Court was vacated and on Monday President Trump said he is prepared to make his third U.S. Supreme Court nomination this week. "I will announce it either Friday or Saturday," Trump said on Fox News, adding, "We should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg."

Now, CNN reports President Trump plans to choose Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court Nomination. He is expected to make the announcement on Saturday.

According to CNN, senior Republican sources are "indicating that Barrett is the intended nominee... All sources cautioned that until it is announced by the President, there is always the possibility that Trump makes a last-minute change but the expectation is Barrett is the choice."

President Trump says a vote on this Supreme Court nominee should come before the upcoming presidential election (a move that goes against Ginsberg's last wishes—and the precedent set by the senate in 2016). The President previously said he was looking seriously at five candidates for the spot, but during his Fox News interview on Monday, he only mentioned two: Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa.

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