Barbara Lee Family Foundation: Harris “Challenged Stereotypes” In VP Debate

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There has only been three women ever on the vice-presidential debate state, and Sen. Kamala Harris was the first woman in 12 years.

The other two women included former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and former New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro.

“There’s still an imagination barrier in this country with a lot of people when it comes to a woman commander-in-chief,” Amanda Hunter, research and communications director of Cambridge’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation, said.

According to Hunter, “there’s still an entrenched bias of what a vice presidential candidate looks like. And simply by being on the debate stage last night, expanding her time and holding her own, Sen. Harris challenged stereotypes and she made history.”

Sen. Harris is also the first woman of color on a major party vice presidential debate state.

"She had strong memorable debate performance, and the overall tone was certainly very different than what we saw in last week’s debate," Hunter said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby (@LaurieWBZ) reports

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