Tag: Gender Stereotypes

Over 70 Nations Have Been Led by Women. So Why Not the U.S.?

Hillary Clinton got closer than any American woman to the nation’s top job, but her loss this week has thrown a spotlight back on the question: Why has the United States lagged behind so many countries around the world in choosing a female leader?

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Behind Trump’s Victory: Divisions by Race, Gender, Education

Alec Tyson and Shiva Maniam, Pew Research – 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.

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Vote Highlighted a Gender Gap, With Both Sides Feeling They’ve Lost Ground

Susan Chira, New York Times – November 9, 2016

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.

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This is How Much America Hates Women

Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed – November 9, 2016

Trump’s win is an endorsement of racism, a validation of bigotry, a confirmation that nearly half of Americans would like a man who does not believe in equal rights, and, at least until he won, the sanctity of the democratic process, to lead our country. And hovering over all of those beliefs is a stark truth: the way Donald Trump has talked about, allegedly acted toward, and fundamentally conceived of women is the way that the majority of Americans conceive of women.

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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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The Sexual-Assault Election

Jeannie Suk Gersen, New Yorker – November 6, 2016

In a strange triumph for feminists, the election that may give us our first female President has brought extraordinary attention to women’s sexual victimization. The election turned in Hillary Clinton’s favor, perhaps decisively, when footage emerged of Donald Trump bragging about assaulting women.

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Hillary Clinton and the Return of the (Unbaked) Cookies

With a single response in 1992 to a question about her legal career, Hillary Clinton became a radical feminist in her critics’ imagination, the Lady Macbeth who was an affront to the choices so many other women had made. “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession,” she said during Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. The blowback was intense and she spent weeks apologizing, saying that she respected women who chose to stay at home and raise children.

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The Best Argument for a Hillary Clinton Presidency? 238 Years of American History

Deborah L. Rhode, Quartz – November 4, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign is historic in many respects, but none is more important than the role gender has played. For the first time, a woman is at the top of a major party’s ticket, and for the first time, millions of Americans are talking about the unequal playing field that she confronts.

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