Wednesday’s Democratic debate has an all-female moderating team

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Ten candidates took the stage in Atlanta for the fifth Democratic debate hosted Wednesday by MSNBC and The Washington Post. (The Boston Globe)

The Democratic debate hosted Wednesday by MSNBC and The Washington Post had an all-female moderating team.

MSNBC primetime host Rachel Maddow, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker posed questions to the ten candidates on stage.

It’s the first time this election cycle there has been a moderating panel entirely made up of women, though it has happened in past years.

“It’s exciting that we are four women, but the true sign of progress is when that is just the norm,” Parker told Glamour magazine in an interview ahead of the debate.


In another departure from past election cycles, four of the ten candidates on the debate stage are women: Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Wednesday’s debate comes at a pivotal point in Democratic race: The Iowa caucuses are less than three months away, but a clear front-runner has not yet emerged in the race for the nomination.

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com.