Teens Petition for a Female to Moderate Presidential Debate -- and Get Rebuffed

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[Editor's note: Who was the last woman to moderate a presidential debate? Can’t think of one? That’s because -- wait for it -- it was two decades ago, as BlogHer Contributing Editor Nordette Adams pointed out in her post, Why Hasn't a Woman Moderated a General Election Presidential Debate in 20 Years? When three civic-minded teenagers heard about the astonishing gap, they decided enough was enough. They posted an online petition called "It’s Time for A Female Moderator." In no time flat, they had 120,000 signatures. But when Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis took their cause to Washington, they got a hard lesson in old-fashioned politics. Alanna Bennett at The Mary Sue explains what happened.--Mona]

This week, the trio headed over to the office of the Commission on Presidential Debates to hand in their petition–and they were turned away, and told that they would not be permitted to leave the packages of signatures in case they contained dangerous materials.

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Do you think we should support the girls in their drive to have a woman journalist moderate the presidential debates?

Read more from Three Teenagers Petition for a Female Moderator of Presidential Debate at The Mary Sue

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