I had an odd reaction to your question “Where in one’s ranking of progressive priorities does a feminist agenda lie?” I am neither a progressive nor a feminist, in the sense that I refuse to accept either of those labels. Of course, there aren’t any other labels I accept, either. But I supported Ms. Warren and contributed to her campaign. I definitely want a woman in the White House, but not for feminist reasons. I believe that electing a woman President would be of great value to the country as a whole — not just for feminists or for women. I suppose that it’s the notion that justice must be applied to everybody or it doesn’t exist for anybody.
It was of immense importance to the nation as a whole that we elected a black man to the Presidency — we proved to ourselves that the majority of Americans had left racism behind. There are still plenty of racists left, to be sure, but with Mr. Obama we collectively and loudly kicked them out of the symbolism of America. We need to do that with women, too.
Besides, regardless of her gender, Ms. Warren was the best candidate, period.