Tuesday night on Fox News, host Megyn Kelly drove Donald Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich into a contemptuous, finger-jabbing rage by insisting that Trump’s alleged history of sexual predation is a story worth covering. Gingrich, the thrice-married co-author of a novel featuring a “pouting sex kitten” Nazi spy, sneered at his uppity female interlocutor: “You are fascinated by sex and you don’t care about public policy.”
Last Tuesday, Green shared her personal story to a crowd for just the second time in a week outside the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. She and hundreds of young women and allies assembled last week to protest in more than a dozen U.S. cities. Their objective: to condemn Trump’s rhetoric and demand that Republican leaders unendorse him.
Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic – October 20, 2016
Even in a presidential campaign that has become so intensely focused on gender, there was something surreal about watching Hillary Clinton’s response to a question about abortion in Wednesday night’s debate. Here was the first woman nominated by a major party for the United States presidency, standing on the debate stage in “suffragette white,” and talking in no uncertain terms about her strong commitment to protecting a woman’s right to “make the most intimate, most difficult in many cases, decisions about her health care that one can imagine.”
Calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” may have been the best thing Donald Trump has ever done for her campaign. Trump has spent most of the election reminding us just how difficult it can be for a woman to run for president in a world still steeped in patriarchy.
Karlyn Bowman and Heather Sims, Wall Street Journal – October 7, 2016
Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton are more than accomplished women, campaign surrogates and friends, as Chelsea reaffirmed on “The View” last month. They are members of a rising generation of female voters. How well do these young women represent their peers in demographic terms? And what do we know about the lifestyles and attitudes of the emerging female electorate?
Zhai Yun Tan, Christian Science Monitor – September 17, 2016
Here’s a tricky question for female voters: In the name of advancing women’s rights, should they vote for Hillary Clinton to “break the glass ceiling” and give the United States its first female president – despite their reservations about the candidate?
Mary Jo Murphy and Megan Thee Brenan, New York Times – September 16, 2016
On Nov. 8, American voters for the first time in history will see a woman’s name on the ballot as a major party’s nominee for president. A broad majority of voters — men and women — say they are happy this milestone has been reached, but fully half of them say they would have preferred that that first woman not be Hillary Clinton, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Does Hillary Clinton have a woman problem? With only a couple of months until a November election that could put the first woman in the White House, the answer, amazingly enough, is yes. It first became clear during primary season, when Bernie Sanders, an old white man from Vermont, startled observers by collecting more support from women under 30 than Clinton. Now, as Clinton faces Donald Trump, a man who has insulted women as pigs and dogs, just over half of registered female voters say they back her, while more than a third say they prefer Trump. When female voters are asked how they feel about Clinton, the most common answer is not “enthusiastic,” but “upset.”
Over the past year, Glamour‘s team of writers and editors have spoken to thousands of young women in Iowa, New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and beyond, as part of our 51 Million Voices campaign, a partnership with Facebook named for the 51 million women under 45 who are eligible to vote in 2016. And one thing is clear: For them, this election is personal. For the October issue of Glamour, we asked Hollywood activists, political legacies, and young women who know these issues better than anyone else to explain why this race matters. Here, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, discusses reading the poll numbers, how Republicans can reach more women, and what she feels are the most pressing issues in this election.
I spoke with Traister recently about how we can think about Hillary Clinton in the context of 2016, why women struggle with ambivalence around her run, and the complex legacy of her husband. Below is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation.