I want more women to represent the female voice in politics. I think more women need to be serving this country in various leadership positions. However, I do not think Hillary Clinton is a feminist, nor is she the feminist choice for president.
A recent article in the Old Gold and Black asserts that Hillary Clinton is the feminist choice for president. The article cites several quotes and experiences from Clinton’s life. Yet, even the author concedes that Clinton’s status as a “feminist has been a point of contention for young voters.”
Feminism does not support the idea of children’s issues being the work of only women. The author of the article says, “Since so much of the work of raising a child falls on the shoulders of women, work [with the Children’s Defense Fund] was significant in Clinton’s history as a feminist.” Advocating for children is an issue that is important to many women, but it is not specifically a feminist issue. Working for the Children’s Defense Fund is admirable and significant yet it is not only a woman’s issue- it is an everyone issue! Perpetuating the belief that children’s issues are mainly women’s issues is decidedly not a feminist view.
Prioritizing and supporting women’s issues is great. Hillary Clinton has focused on many issues central to female identity throughout the election cycle. Minimum wage, paid leave, affordable childcare all sound like ideas that could help women, especially those in vulnerable positions. Hillary Clinton is no stranger to politics, though. She should know there will be a backlash to these issues that begs me to wonder: how will Clinton introduce these measures? Is Clinton fervently supporting women’s issues just to get votes?
With years of political experience and influence, Hillary Clinton has talked about feminism more than she has demonstrated it.
The author makes a lot of sweeping generalizations and broad statements regarding Clinton and feminism. The author says, “Clinton’s life highlights much of why she is the feminist choice and why the U.S. needs women in political offices,” but uses little evidence to support this idea. Clinton is a woman on a major party ticket, yes. The woman democratic nominee is not automatically a feminist, however.
Being a woman is hard, unique, and wonderful. Hillary Clinton is able to offer a perspective on the election and country that has never been seen before, but that does not mean she is the feminist choice for the job. With years of political experience and influence, Hillary Clinton has talked about feminism more than she has demonstrated it.