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An Exclusive Press Conference with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at DePauw chapter.

“It’s probably the most important election of your lifetime,” – Senator Kirstin Gillibrand.

This event was sponsored by Biden for President. 


Is anyone else feeling extremely anxious about this upcoming week, or is it just me? With the election less than four days away, I am doing everything I can to get my friends, family, and you all out to vote, such as sharing this information with you lovely people.  

HerCampus invited us this past Thursday to an exclusive press conference with Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, NY.  In this article, I want to share a few of Senator Gillibrand’s thoughts and opinions on the upcoming election, including her advice for women wanting to get involved in politics and some critical voting information.  

Senator Gillibrand shared her advice for future women politicians or political journalists: “To any future public servant or Senator, I would just say: follow your heart, follow your dreams.” 

With the ongoing threat of Covid-19, pre-existing conditions due to Covid-19, and healthcare, Senator Gillibrand stated that these are the most crucial issues in this election.  Under a Biden-Harris administration, Senator Gillibrand stated that she believes the leadership on these issues would be much stronger than that of the Trump administration.  

However, these are not the only issues Senator Gillibrand says are plaguing America at this time: “We are in a society right now where institutional racism is real.  It affects communities of color, women of color significantly, and so what I focus on is: how can we begin to eliminate institutional racism? It’s going to take a long time (…), but this is certainly something Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe in.” 

Senator Gillibrand touched on a few more issues: maternal mortality rates in Black women, which “are four times higher than White women,” racism and sexism in the workplace, a Covid relief package, legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, reproductive rights, and access to healthcare.

Senator Gillibrand reminds us all to vote.  As she stated in just the first few moments of our press conference, this is “the most important election” of our lives.  

To move forward, we must get another administration in the White House.  

A few tips for voting: 

If you haven’t voted already, get out there! Your voice needs to be heard! Every single vote counts! Voting is easy and convenient using iwillvote.com as it offers a one-stop-shop for all your voting needs. Find out where and when you can vote, request a mail ballot, register to vote, and more. Be one of the Generation Z voters to move our country forward.


Hi, I'm Katherine! I'm an Anthropology major. I am a member of the Honors Scholar Program, as well as a Bonner Scholar.