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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

  • “Post-Truth” and the Ethical Pedestal: How Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year Relates to Gender

    When Nicholas Kristof asked the question “Is Hillary Clinton Dishonest?” back in April, it was clear that voters thought she was. When they heard “Hillary Clinton,” the top reaction, according to a Gallup survey, was “dishonest/liar/don’t trust her/poor character.” This impression didn’t improve as the campaign went on: In general election exit polls, 61% of voters claimed Clinton was not honest or trustworthy.

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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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  • Study: Racism and Sexism Predict Support for Trump Much More Than Economic Dissatisfaction

    German Lopez, Vox – January 4, 2017

    A new paper by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta puts the blame back on the same factors people pointed to before the election: racism and sexism. And the research has a very telling chart to prove it, showing that voters’ measures of sexism and racism correlated much more closely with support for Trump than economic dissatisfaction after controlling for factors like partisanship and political ideology.

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