Politico Magazine – October 13, 2016
Gender has just exploded as a central issue in these final weeks of the presidential campaign, as Americans prepare to elect either our first female president or a man facing allegations of sexual assault from multiple women across many years. Since the release last week of the 2005 tape capturing Donald Trump’s lewd comments about kissing and groping women, contestants of Trump-owned beauty pageants, a reporter and a Trump Tower employee, among others, have publicly accused the mogul of sexually harassing or assaulting them. Trump, for his part, has denied the allegations and has tried to focus attention on women who once accused Bill Clinton of sexual misbehavior.
Maeve Reston, CNN – October 9, 2016
Here’s the great irony of the 2016 campaign: Rather than a historic debate about whether a female nominee can best her male rival, the race is suddenly a referendum on how much crass, coarse objectification of women America is willing to take.
Charlotte Alter, TIME – October 8, 2016
If 2016 was going to be a Battle of the Sexes, everyone thought Hillary Clinton would be the main combatant. She’s the first woman to win a major-party presidential nomination, after all.
Gregory Holyk and Sofi Sinozich, ABC News – September 28, 2016
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, mainly released Sunday, finds that majorities of Hillary Clinton’s supporters believe minorities and women have too little influence in American society, while half say men and whites have too much influence. For all his outsider appeal, Donald Trump’s supporters, by contrast, are far more apt to endorse the status quo in this regard.
Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post – September 27, 2016
On the night the first woman ever secured enough delegates to win a major party’s nomination for president, Jennifer Rosen-Heinz watched her little girl jump around their living room in Madison, Wis., in celebration. Seven-year-old Lilly’s enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s success wasn’t motivated by ideology or party. Rather, the little girl saw on the television the promise of what she could someday be.
Aaron Blake, Washington Post – September 21, 2016
The Pew Research Center asked its survey participants about 10 possible motivations for voting for Hillary Clinton. Sixty-four percent said a major reason for supporting her is that she’s not Donald Trump. Fair enough. Two-thirds cited her leadership ability, and 79 percent cited her experience in government. The least-important factor of the 10 tested? The prospect of electing the first female president.
Richard Weissbourd and Alison Cashin, Washington Post – September 20, 2016
Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election in November, the 2016 campaign still could have profoundly negative consequences for a generation of girls exploring their own leadership potential. To be sure, electing the first female president would show American girls that women truly can overcome gender bias and win elections at the highest levels. But they will also have witnessed another truth: They will pay a price for trying.
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?
Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto, CBS News – September 16, 2017
Regardless of how they will vote, most women voters are glad a woman is a major party nominee for president, including 80 percent of Democratic women and 58 percent of independent women. However, most Republican women (54 percent) do not share this sentiment. Most men voters are also glad a woman is a major party presidential nominee.
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.