Female oliticians are often judged by much different standards than their male counterparts. The current race is a prime example. A man with no political experience who’s a literal member of the rich elite is seen as an equivalent and more populist choice than Clinton, whose political qualifications are unmatched in modern history.
Sexism has also denied Clinton political agency. She’s been called a puppet for her Wall Street Donors (or worse). She’s been blamed for all the mistakes equally attributable to the men she's served alongside. She has been called shrill, manipulative, and a power-hungry bitch.
A male politician with the same qualities, beloved or reviled, would likely be called driven and commanding with a keen mind for strategy. Some politicians have even questioned if Clinton, the wife of a former president, can legally run for public office.
It’s ridiculous that women, in politics or any position of power, are criticized for the same qualities that their male counterparts are lauded for.
The day after Clinton made history as the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party, newspapers across the country featured pictures of Bill Clinton instead of her.
America is certainly less sexist now than before, thanks to the tireless efforts of brave patriots who realized that even though women were deliberately left out at the onset, the country’s ideals belong to women as much as it does men.
The battle still isn’t won though.
Donald Trump is a rabid sexist, making his antiquated perception of women’s roles a “feature” in his candidacy. Some of his supporters embrace this attitude and see it as permission to give voice to every reprehensible thought that wanders into their minds.
Yet, it’s not just some small segment of troglodytes who are vulnerable to sexism, it’s everyone. Research has shown that even those who firmly believe they aren’t sexists get caught in its clutches.
Sexism is so pervasive and insidious in our national political attitudes that its been used to vilify and devalue a woman who has stepped beyond the role society crafted for her. And so far, it has worked. Polls have consistently shown voters find Clinton just as or even less trustworthy than Trump.http://ift.tt/2aVtfRu
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