As a professional and independent woman, I have found aspects of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to be insulting. She banks on playing the “Woman card” – actually sending out woman cards to Hillary supporters. But is that really necessary in this day and age? Why does Hillary think a large part of her campaign needs to rely on her acting as a spokeswoman for a forgotten and downtrodden gender? Because women are not forgotten, or in need of a savior. What we want is a strong president.
- Don’t shame women into sticking together: “Just remember there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” Madeleine Albright exclaimed during a Hillary Clinton campaign event. Hillary should have shut that down immediately, if she took women seriously.
But she didn’t do that.
Hillary should win female voters by treating them like any voter: Disregard our gender and tell us what you want to do, and how you plan on doing it. It may be surprising to learn a lot of women have opinions on all facets of the US government, the current US economic and employment state, rising international issues, our terrible racial divide, and so much more. Signaling us out because we’re women is sexist, and patronizing. No one in this world is going to get ahead just because they are a woman. Hillary claims to be a feminist (the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities), yet banks on leveraging her gender. It’s simply hypocritical and makes me feel like she is pandering to us. I don’t trust that.
- Stop with the glass ceiling: Before Hillary spoke at the DNC, she played a video showing the faces of past presidents followed by the sound of glass shattering, making way for her own image. When Hillary wasn’t the party’s nomination in 2008, she said “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.”
Glass ceiling comments suggest Hillary wasn’t nominated in 2008 was because she’s a woman. They don’t give any credence to the idea that maybe she simply wasn’t the best or strongest candidate. It’s dangerous to teach women that the only reason they aren’t getting somewhere in life is because of their sex and an invisible glass ceiling. We have female astronauts, powerful women as CEOs, women running industrial industries and making huge waves in STEM fields: Reaching the top of your field takes hard work and dedication. Young women should be taught to work as hard as their counterparts (male and female). Do not attribute every success to “breaking through the male dominated glass ceiling”, and let’s not excuse every failure as a response to our sex. Just work hard and stop playing victim to your gender.
- Give us facts, not hyperbole: “If talking about equal pay and paid leave and more opportunities for women and girls is playing the gender card, then deal me in,” Hillary said at an event hosted by Glassdoor. I have written about this before but there is no wage gap. Win votes by discussing real issues that face men and women instead of promoting a false narrative meant to secure the female vote. For instance, implementing paid leave to 3 months for all workers is something everyone is interested in. Yet your plan on how we would pay for this isn’t clear yet. Give me the facts I need to choose you, or to not choose you. Otherwise you may not deserve the “female vote” (or the right to hand out woman cards) if you need to lie and patronize us to gain our votes, while glossing over the real facts of your campaign.