Gillibrand on female 2020 candidates: People will get ‘more comfortable with women as leaders’

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch MORE (D-N.Y.), one of several women running for president in 2020, said Tuesday that the number of female candidates in the Democratic primary field could help shift perceptions of women in leadership positions.

“I like the fact that we have six women running for president, and I think people will get more and more comfortable with women as leaders,” she said during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

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Gillibrand, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSeveral 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall More than one in 10 in new poll say men are 'better suited emotionally' for politics Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis MORE (D-Hawaii) and author Marianne Williamson are all running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in an unprecedented field. As many as 30 candidates overall could throw their hats into the ring. 

Gillibrand said on MSNBC that women are particularly ready to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE in 2020, asserting that he “doesn’t value women.”

“I think women across America just felt that they had to be heard,” she said, citing the high midterm turnout among female voters and the record number of women elected to Congress, as well as enthusiasm around the 2017 Women’s March.

“Having this whole class of women … holding President Trump accountable is refreshing.”

Gillibrand has focused her early campaign around advocating for women. Earlier Tuesday said she would welcome sitting down with Trump to discuss legislation to provide paid family leave.