Suzanna Danuta Walters, The Nation – December 9, 2015
Hillary may not be the (radical, intersectional) feminist that activists fantasize about seeing in power, but she’s some kind of a feminist for sure and would no doubt foreground the centrality of gender equity to social justice in ways we have not seen at a national level.
Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News – November 30, 2015
Hillary Clinton helped launch a Washington, D.C. think tank’s new center focused on Latin American women leaders with a suggestion the U.S. take a cue from its southern neighbors on electing women presidents. “It may be predictable for me to say this, but there’s a lot we can learn from Latin America’s success at electing women presidents,” said Clinton, who if elected could be the first woman to serve as president of the U.S.
Carrie Dann, NBC News – November 17, 2015
They say she’s tough. She’s got a “spine of steel” and “balls,” and her experience can’t be discounted. But it’s just not that easy to like Hillary Rodham Clinton. In a pair of focus groups in Columbus, Ohio on Monday night, general election voters from across the political spectrum praised the former secretary of state’s toughness but complained that she can come across as humorless, stilted and coached. Even supporters worried that her practiced demeanor might obscure her strengths, and skeptics repeatedly questioned her trustworthiness.
The boys seemed to have a lot to say about why women shouldn’t be presidents. They perpetuated the stereotypical portrayal of women as weaker than men, saying that it’s for this reason that women can’t do anything men can do. Sydney (girl) and Belle occasionally spoke out against this stereotype, insisting that women are smarter than men and equally as capable, but it wasn’t until Jimmy asked what they all thought a woman president would do in the face of war that Sydney gave this shining answer: “I think if there is a war then she [the woman president] would probably make it stop so people could be more healthy and they won’t die.” Applause ensued.
The Economist – November 6, 2015
Many people find the phrase “female president” annoying. But oddly enough, many others find “woman president” to be a problem, too. The problem is not that these expressions are ungrammatical, as Johnson explained in his past column. Yet both have their critics. Why?
Steven Nelson, US News and World Report – October 30, 2015
It’s a question that’s rarely asked and on its face seems ridiculous: Are women allowed to become president of the United States? But nearly a century after women gained the constitutional right to vote, many Americans would be surprised to find the answer isn’t simple. That’s because Article II of the Constitution, which lays out the qualifications and duties of the president, uses the word “he” 16 times to describe the holder of that office.