Melissa Harris-Perry | June 09, 2012
>>> are three young women , high school sophomores in the midst of taking finals who are making the case to right what they sales representative a wrong. they recently found out what any of us could have realized had we bothered to look. no woman has moderated a presidential debate since carol simpson of abc news 20 years ago. how can the issues important to women be addressed if they haven't been given the chance to ask them, asks one of the young women . and they're starting to take action, in the form of a petition on change.org which already has more than 100,000 signatures. they also have some suggestions for who the moderators can be. and let's be clear. there are plenty of women to choose from. like cnn's candy crowley who has been covering presidential politics since the nomination of jim ri carter. or lesley staal, a white house correspondent during the reagan administration . if comparable experience is of concern, consider gwynn eiffel. at the risk of sounding like a corporate shill, i'll proed proudly point to my colleague here at msnbc, andrea mitchell . our jersey girl foot soldiers are growing up when one of the icons of cool is a woman who went from first lady to senator to presidential candidate to secretary of state. and when women voters are capable of deciding national elections. but they've never watched a woman pose her own questions in her own voice to the men who seek the nation's highest office. the fact that there hasn't been a female moderator of one of the debates in so long is just another sign that america is a long way from being as equal as it thinks it is, another one of our young women from montclair said. indeed, these students have a congress that thinks it's reasonable to discuss contraception without talking to my women and live in a country where male lawmakers make policy to peer inside women's pregnant bodies and live in a country where women still earn less than their male counterparts. shouldn't they also live in a country country where a woman has the opportunity to at least ask "why." for pushing that idea forward, emma, sammy and elena are our foot soldier this is week. and that is our show for today. thank you to our panel for sticking around. thanks for watching. i'm so excited about tomorrow's show. reverend al sharpton will be here and so is actress nicole parker , right here at this table. coming up, "weekends with alex witt ."