Men and women did not vote the same way in 2016. In fact, the Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton contest yielded the largest gender gap – the difference between women’s and men’s voting behavior – in U.S. history. Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by the same amount – a 24-point gap. The gap is growing. Twenty points separated the sexes in 2012.
Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post – November, 11 2016
Jennifer Pierotti Lim quietly planned her own rejection of Trump’s rise:A dinner for conservative women who feel left behind. “I’m getting all these calls, texts and emails,” she said. “Everyone is saying, ‘Okay, what are we doing next?” Lim, 31, the director of health policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce, had never voted for a Democrat until Tuesday.
As America dissects the results of Tuesday’s election, one trend stands out: Tens of thousands of women — 53 percent of all white female voters, according to exit polls — chose Mr. Trump, playing a crucial role in his victory. In interviews here in the Lehigh Valley — a bellwether region in a swing state that helped elect Mr. Trump — and around the country, female supporters said theirs was a vote for Mr. Trump and not against Hillary Clinton.
Call it pink and blue America. To the many divides this ugly presidential campaign has exposed, add the chasm over the treatment of women, the plight of men and the proper roles of each. This was an election that showed how much we still talk past one another when we talk about gender.
Alec Tyson & Shiva Maniam, Pew Research Center – November 9, 2016
Donald Trump scored an impressive Electoral College victory Nov. 8 after a campaign that revealed deep divisions – by race, gender and education – that were as wide and in some cases wider than in previous elections, according to an analysis of national exit poll data.
Michael Tesler, Washington Post – November 9, 2016
There were countless stories this campaign about Donald Trump’s ostensibly insurmountable gender gap. After all, several surveys as recently as a few weeks ago showed Trump losing female voters by an average of 20 percentage points — a record deficit that would have been virtually impossible to overcome if it had held. But, of course, female voters did not provide Hillary Clinton with such a decisive victory.
Hillary Clinton came so close to winning the White House that she had planned to deliver her victory speech beneath a symbolic glass ceiling. It was intended to be a night that would celebrate a historic first — serving as a high point in a toxic election cycle. But in the end, the glass ceiling wasn’t broken.
In 1984, I wrote the book Why and How Women Will Elect the Next President. I knew the title’s bold prediction would be more evolutionary than revolutionary, but felt the gender gap and its origin story needed to be told.
The US is the closest it’s ever been to breaking the 240-year male stronghold on the presidency. Though American women have made some political gains during that period, there has only been one woman so far with a real chance of smashing that glass ceiling: Hillary Clinton. And yet some women, especially young women, have greeted Clinton’s historic candidacy with muted enthusiasm.