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  • Women Voters:

    It’s Complicated.

    Examining the complexity & influence of women voters in Election 2016.

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    “I now announce myself as candidate for the presidency. I anticipate criticism, but, however unfavorable, I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.”

    Victoria Woodhull (1872)
    First Woman to Run for President of the United States

    Learn more about the women who have run for president and vice president on our facts page.

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    “An important conversation is about to begin, and our aim is to expand and enrich it.”

    Debbie Walsh and Barbara Lee on launching Presidential Gender Watch 2016

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    of Americans believe that the U.S. is ready to elect a woman president.
    (YouGov, 2015)

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From the Experts

  • Juliette Kayyem: National Security and Gender in the 2016 Race

    On a Presidential Gender Watch call earlier this year (Women Voters: It’s Complicated), Republican pollster Christine Matthews noted that terrorism and national security are top issues for Republican women in the 2016 election. “Republican women are very unnerved in the current environment, and they are looking for candidates with tough rhetoric,” said Matthews. As the post-election analysis continues, it is clear that national security issues were a driving force at the ballot box.

    To continue the discussion on the intersection of national security and gender, Presidential Gender Watch asked Juliette Kayyem for her thoughts. Kayyem is currently the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School and an on-air security analyst for CNN. She is also the founder of Kayyem Solutions LLC, which provides strategic advice in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and cybersecurity, and the author of Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home.

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On the Bias

  • Objectifying Melania Trump

    This week, the New York Post dedicated not one, but two, covers to nude photos of Melania Trump. On Sunday, the Post printed an issue with the front page headline “The Ogle Office” and an image of a nude Melania from a 1995 photo shoot for a French men’s magazine. The sub-headline read, “You’ve never seen a potential first lady like this!” On Monday, the Post continued its exploitative coverage by putting another 1995 photo of Melania nude with another woman on its cover, accompanied by the headline, “Menage a Trump.”

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The first woman candidate for president of the United States ran 143 years ago.

Learn more about the women who have run for president and vice president on our facts page.

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  • Meet the Real ‘Left Behind’ Voters: Black Women

    Kristin Seefeldt, Newsweek – December 9, 2016

    Some 93 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, but the women I spoke to also felt forgotten by the government and left behind by economic change. They have been abandoned by those hallmark institutions of the American dream that once promised a gateway into the middle-class—good jobs, home ownership, and post-secondary education—in spite of a public narrative that perhaps America has heaped “too much” help onto them. In fact, my research showed the opposite.

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