The first female presidential candidate in U.S. history is set to make history as the first woman to win a major party’s nomination, according to a new report.
Emma Sulkowicz, who began her protest against alleged sexual assault at Columbia University in 2013, is set for a stunning victory in November.
A poll from the University of New Hampshire found Sulkowskowicz, a 24-year-old sophomore who has been at the center of an increasingly divisive debate over campus sexual assault, would win if a Democratic primary were held today.
Sulkowicz has been hailed as a feminist hero by many because she began her crusade after Columbia University, the University at Albany, the university where she was a student, suspended her for protesting her alleged assailant, who was not named.
Sulkowks was suspended from the university after she was accused of sexually assaulting a student in 2014, though the case has been repeatedly discredited.
Sukowicz has argued that she was falsely accused and is trying to put an end to the “rape culture” that she says exists on campuses across the country.
Sulkerowicz has said she was harassed by campus police, that she did not report the assault to police, and that she believes the school system is “trying to cover up the rape culture” and to silence people like her.
“I believe this is the most important election in my lifetime,” she told Time in an interview published Thursday.
“This election is the first time that we are getting to have a woman in the White House.”
She’s a former University of Missouri student, a woman who was accused by the school of sexual misconduct and later won a $35 million defamation lawsuit against the school.
Sulu, a graduate of New York University, also has said that she received a rape culture education at the university.
“It’s really important to understand that there are many people who believe in these policies,” Sulkowski told Time.
“It’s just that we can’t allow it to be the norm.”
Sulkowski said she believes that the way the country has been dealing with the issue of sexual assault and the subsequent rise in campus sexual violence is a “double standard” that allows sexual predators to go unpunished, while allowing the victims of sexual violence to be ignored.
“We need to start putting a face on this and start doing things differently,” she said.
“And then we’ll be able to have the conversations that we need to have about sexual violence that we should be having, which is not just about campus sexual assaults, but all forms of violence.”
Sukowks challenge to Columbia is part of a broader push by many women who believe that college sexual assault is on the rise.
The 2016 presidential race is expected to be a hotbed for debate about sexual assault on college campuses and how best to deal with the problem.
Sulu said she is not sure she’ll be voting for the first female candidate in her party’s presidential primary, but she said she’s hoping that she will one day be the first to run for president.
“One of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do, which I’m still going through, is to ask myself if I want to vote for someone, especially when I’m a woman,” she added.
“I feel like this is a very important issue.
I don’t want to be another person.
I’m not a candidate, I’m just a human being.”