Claire Landsbaum, New York Magazine – December 14, 2016
Back in May, while addressing a crowd of supporters in Spokane, Washington, Donald Trump took time to lament the current state of gender relations. “All of the men, we’re petrified to speak to women anymore,” he said. “We may raise our voice — you know what, the women get it better than we do, folks, they get it better than we do.”
On her MSNBC show on Friday, anchor Andrea Mitchell decried the fact that the usual liberal identity politics did not work with voters in November’s election. Talking to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, she fretted over the revelation that campaign focus groups “showed that people related to Hillary Clinton as a man.”
There is no one reason—no finite number of reasons—why Hillary Clinton lost the U.S. presidential election. No amount of poring over polls will tell us the precise degree to which bias against women influenced the vote. What we do know is this: The United States still doesn’t have a female leader, as it hasn’t for the last 227 years.
Katrin Bennhold & Rick Gladstone, New York Times – November
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?
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.
Start with the first female nominee of a major party in the 240-year history of the United States; Democrat Hillary Clinton now leads in a campaign that could smash what she famously dubbed “the highest, hardest glass ceiling.” Then there’s the emergence of white, college-educated women as arguably the most crucial swing group in the electorate, moving away from the GOP in numbers that if not reversed could imperil the party’s future
As a conservative woman who wanted very much to support the Republican nominee, it’s been a deeply disappointing year and a half. After helping the Republican National Committee address some of the troubling deficiencies the party faced after 2012, as outlined in its so-called autopsy report, and witnessing some real progress in our outreach to women in the ensuing years, I did not expect an egomaniacal arsonist to come along and set all that ablaze.
Linguistic analysis reveals that Trump uses tentative language, emotion-laden words, fewer long words, and fewer prepositions and articles, all characteristics that are strongly associated with women, a category of people Trump frequently dismisses and degrades.
Jenavieve Hatch, Huffington Post – October 25, 2016
Last week’s release of Donald Trump’s horrendous conversation with Billy Bush caused an uproar of epic proportions. The audio was particularly infuriating for Jill Harth, the woman who accused Donald Trump of attempted rape in 1997. Harth, a make-up artist, accused Trump of doing to her what he’s now been caught bragging about doing to women in general ― kissing and groping without permission or consent.
Trump’s comments, and his numerous alleged deeds, are “shocking” in the sense that they are appalling, disgusting, revolting. But to me, and I think to many women, that doesn’t mean they are the least bit surprising. That’s because to many of us, Trump feels sickeningly familiar.