According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC/Marist College poll of Democratic voters in New Hampshire last week, 64 percent of women under the age of 45 supported Mr. Sanders, while only 35 percent backed Mrs. Clinton. By contrast, women over 45 backed Mrs. Clinton by nine percentage points (Source).
Hillary Clinton is struggling to get millennial female voters on her team, and it is not because they are not democratic feminists. In a desperate attempt to sway young female voters, feminist icons Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem tried to “motivate” female millennials to get on board, stop being silly women and backup Hillary.
While introducing Mrs. Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday, Ms. Albright, 78, the first female secretary of state, talked about the importance of electing a woman to the country’s highest office…
“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done,” Ms. Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other (Source)!”
Ms. Steinem, 81, one of the most famous spokeswomen of the feminist movement, took the sentiment a step further on Friday in an interview with the talk show host Bill Maher. Explaining that women tend to become more active in politics as they become older, she suggested that younger women were backing Mr. Sanders just so they could meet young men.
“When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’” Ms. Steinem said (Source).
Young feminists were outraged by the insults. It seemed Ms. Steinem was saying that young women do not take politics seriously and are too boy crazy to make informed decisions on who they will vote for.
If there is one thing millennial women (especially feminists) despise, it is being shamed and criticized for their personal choices.
If anything, Ms. Albright and Ms. Steinem made things worse for Hillary Clinton. Feminism is about empowering women to do what they think is best for themselves, their homes, their countries and their churches. The truth is that women have been told what to do and how to think since the beginning of time and are still trying to liberate themselves (and each other) from these invisible chains.
Later, Ms. Steinem recoiled her statement and wrote,
“In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,” she said in a post on Facebook. “Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before (Source).”
This second statement of Ms Steinem’s is the truth of the matter, so why are young feminists gravitating towards Bernie Sanders more than Hillary Clinton? One would think young feminists would be the first to back the only US female candidate that has ever had a real chance of winning the presidency.
The answer to this question can be boiled down to one word: transparency.
Millennial women (and millennial men too, really), both inside and outside of the Church are searching for something real. Since birth, we have been fed advertisement after advertisement. We have been lied to by preachers and politicians alike. We have watched “mighty men of God” and also, “the greatest world leaders” fall into all sorts of scandals.
Feminism is about tearing down unjust power hierarchies, because in these types of establishments, power is always abused and it is normally women who take the hardest hits.
Millennial women who are educated voters could not care less that Katy Perry and other celebrities are backing Hillary Clinton. We are highly skeptical of celebritism, especially when it comes to politics and religion. If Hillary were smart, she would distance herself from celebritism.
Millennial women are also wondering why Hillary Clinton, a feminist activist, would stay married to a man who publicly humiliated her and other women by abusing his power in the white house. Even the least politically informed voter, knows that Bill Clinton was (and maybe still is) a womanizer. How many victims has Bill Clinton had and has Hillary stomped on his victims to rise to the level she is now at?
Feminism is about standing with victims – especially female victims who have been traumatized by men in power.
If Hillary were smart, she would sit down with young women and start being transparent about these matters, instead of downplaying them and covering them up.
The truth is that young women feminists greatly want a female president, but they want one that they can trust. We would rather vote for a male feminist who is transparent and real, than vote for a female feminist that wears many masks and is bathing in scandal.
If Hillary wants to gain young female voters, she is going to have to remove her masks, bring herself back down to earth and honestly address each and every scandal she and her husband are associated with.
NOTE: I am not endorsing Bernie Sanders or attacking Hillary Clinton.
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