WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Philanthropist Melinda Gates said in an interview for International Women's Day she does not believe gender is relevant in the U.S. presidential election.
Gates, who has fought to lessen the gender gap in America's workforce, made the remarks as Hillary Clinton campaigns to win the Democratic nomination for president, which would make her the first woman ever to become the nominee of a major party.
Gates tells Sky News she does not believe a candidate's gender should influence voters. Rather, she says, voters should consider a candidate's plan to help women achieve full equality in the workplace in pay and benefits.
"I want to see female role models in all levels of society," Gates said in an interview with Bloomberg. "I think having a woman makes a difference. But at the end of the day when you are electing the next leader you have to elect them based on their platform, what you believe in them."