Category: News Tracking

Why do Successful Women Like Hillary Clinton Get Under so Many People’s Skin?

Sady Doyle, The Guardian – November 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton has a unique talent to make people viscerally angry. Just look at the footage from Trump rallies: supporters carry “Lyin Hillary” dolls hung from miniature nooses, cry “Lock her up” and “Hang her in the streets”, and wear Trump That Bitch T-shirts. You could chalk this up to Trump’s toxicity, but some of it also haunted the Democratic primaries, in the over-the-top depictions of Clinton as a cold-blooded murderer or criminal mastermind promulgated by the most fanatical Bernie Sanders supporters.

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Joe Biden Admits It’s Easier for Him to Be Seen as ‘Authentic’ Because He’s a Guy

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post – October 30, 2016

“One of the reasons people love Joe Biden is he just kind of says what he thinks,” vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “He’s a guy whose heart is on his sleeve, and that’s one of the things people love about him.” In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson on Sunday, Biden acknowledged that he has this reputation ― but said it’s in part because he’s a guy and doesn’t have to deal with the double standards that female politicians still face.

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Hating Hillary Clinton: Female Comics Skewer the Sexism of the Likability Trap

The stand-up comic Jena Friedman has suggested a new campaign slogan for Hillary Clinton: “Give uninspiring a chance: Settle for Hillary.” Michelle Wolf, another acid-tongued stand-up in her early 30s, has also been telling jokes about the lack of excitement about Mrs. Clinton. “Her name would be a good safe word,” she said in a set last month at the Village Underground.

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‘It’s Not Right’: Mothers and Daughters See Own Struggles Reflected in Hillary Clinton

Megan Carpentier, The Guardian – October 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton made much of her relationship with her mother and daughter when she launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2015. A year later, before she took the stage at the 2016 Democratic convention to accept that nomination, she was introduced by her daughter, along with a short, Shonda Rhimes-directed video that delved into her relationship with her mother.

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Clinton says it’s ‘really hard’ for women to be seen as tough and likeable Read more:

Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico – September 30, 2016

It’s difficult for a woman to be perceived as both tough and likable, Hillary Clinton said Friday, lamenting that women are constantly being judged by their looks. “Yes, I think it’s really hard. To be honest, I think it’s really hard,” Clinton told R&B singer Mary J. Blige in a 30-minute interview on the premiere of Apple Music’s “The 411 with Mary J. Blige.” “I don’t know why it’s so hard, but, you know, I think it’s rooted in, you know, tens of thousands of years of how people’s lives have been defined, what it’s meant to be a woman or a man and how society was organized.”

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Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s Especially Tricky for Women’ to Come Across as Both Serious and Likable

Amber Phillips, Washington Post – September 20, 2016

Hillary Clinton doesn’t willingly talk much about the hurdles she faces as a woman in politics that her male opponents don’t have to. But in an interview aired Monday night with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show,” the first major-party female presidential candidate weighed in on what she called a “tricky” struggle to be a serious yet likable presidential candidate — the latter being a character trait female politicians have to think about more than men, research shows.

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Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s Especially Tricky for Women’ to Come Across as Both Serious and Likable

Amber Phillips, Washington Post – September 20, 2016

Clinton said it was. “It’s especially tricky for women. It just is. Because there are a lot of serious things. The other night, I was on a show and being asked about ISIS and Iran,” she said, using the acronym for the Islamic State, “and I was serious. These are important issues that the country needs to talk about. And the Republicans were saying: ‘Oh, she looks so serious.'”

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The Presidential Double Standard

Susan Milligan, US News and World Report – September 16, 2016

“Our research has shown consistently that women face a double-bind men don’t” when running for office, especially executive office, says Adrienne Kimmell, executive director of the nonpartisan Barbara Lee Family Foundation. While male candidates can simply tell voters what they have done, women have to show it, detailing, for example, how their experience running a small business helped them understand the challenges contractors or entrepreneurs or consumers face.

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Hillary Clinton’s Charisma Deficit is a Common Problem for Female Leaders

Elizabeth Winkler, Quartz – September 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton may be, in the words of Barack Obama, the “most qualified candidate” to ever to seek the presidency, but it’s now commonplace to suggest her leadership leaves something wanting. The Guardian notes that she “lacks authenticity and the kind of charisma required to unite a nation.” The Daily Beast asks, “Can Hillary’s one-percent charm win over voters?” And on Reddit, users wonder: “How can Hillary Clinton be so far in the lead with so little charisma?”

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