Feminists lukewarm towards Hillary

Many American women are excited about Democrat Hillary Clinton’s ground-breaking bid for the White House, but feminists warn she can’t count on them just because she’s a woman.

They said tens of millions of women are more concerned about selecting a candidate who best addresses their top issues and are scrutinizing the former first lady in this light.

“Being a woman in and of itself is not sufficient to gain broad-based support,” Faye Wattleton, head of the Center for the Advancement of Women, said. “We’re not doing affirmative action in terms of the presidency.”

While Hillary’s gender is “an added attraction,” it is not enough reason alone, added Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a co-founder of Ms. Magazine.

The New York senator seeking the Democratic nomination for the November 2008 election won support from women last week at her alma mater, Wellesley College, where she spoke of facing “the all-boys club of presidential politics” days after Democratic rivals took aim at her at a debate.

Wellesley student Edlyn Yuen, 20, said she found Clinton inspiring. “It definitely boosts your confidence, especially when you see her holding her own in the debates.”

But some feminists object to Clinton’s decision to stay with her unfaithful husband, former President Bill Clinton, and others argue she fails as a role model by riding his coattails. And while Clinton supports women’s issues such as equal pay, abortion rights and family leave, some don’t think her stance is strong enough.

LARGER FEMALE FIELD

“It’s unfortunate that there’s not a greater field of candidates to choose from who are women,” said Kelsey Henson, 20, another student at the prestigious liberal arts college where Clinton graduated in 1969.

The National Organization for Women has endorsed her candidacy, said NOW President Kim Gandy. “Our priority is to have a feminist in the White House. If that feminist happens to be a woman, then we may have reached nirvana,” she said.

She said Clinton believed in the social, political and economic equality of women and had “lived it.”

“There is not a candidate running for president who can point to, as she can, a lifetime of working for the betterment of women and children,” she said.

But others warn that sending a woman to the White House could backfire. “It’s ultimately a trap,” feminist Lisa Jervis wrote in LiP, a magazine of radical politics.

“Women who do nothing to enact feminist policies will be elected and backlash will flourish,” she wrote. “I can hear the refrain now: ‘They’ve finally gotten a woman in the White House, so why are feminists still whining about equal pay?”

Sarah Harris, 36, who watched Clinton speak last Thursday, said she was still thinking.

“I sometimes feel like I might vote for her just because she is a woman. So that’s why I’m here, maybe, to find out why I don’t want to, to try to decipher between the myth and the reality,” said Harris, who bought her infant daughter a Clinton T-shirt that said: “I can be president too” and “Glass ceilings are made to be broken.”

3 Responses to "Feminists lukewarm towards Hillary"

  1. SEAL  November 5, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    The fact is that the polls show there are more women 35% strongly opposed to Hillary that those 28% who are strongly for her. When I saw that my belief in the good judgment of the majority of the females of our species was confirmed. I have always believed they would see through her BS quicker and hold her to a closer tolerance than us males.

  2. Carl Nemo  November 5, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Good point SEAL.

    People need to get it in their thick heads that the Reagan/H.W. Bush > H.W.Bush/Quayle > Clinton/Gore > G.W.Bush/Cheney > Hillary/? line of the presidency was pre-ordained during the Iran/Contra days of the CIA;ie., using Mena, Arkansas as an airfield for their illicit, non-chartered, illegal activities based on U.S. soil. When H.W. Bush hooked up with Bill Clinton through Ollie North to proffer an offer he wouldn’t nor possibly couldn’t refuse it set the meter for the unfolding events of the past 20+ years or so concerning the presidency. Basically H.W. Bush, Mr. CIA, as V.P., through North said to Bill Clinton, play ball with us and great things will happen for you and your wife in years to come. The rest is history. I urge all concerned Americans to acquire a copy of the book “Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA, How the Presidency was Co-opted by the CIA”. It’s written by Terry Reed and John Cummings, a 1994 release by SPI Publishing. This book will square folks away concerning what’s happened to this country in the past 20 years or so.

    The Presidency of this country has been compromised totally and absolutely by the CIA since the Kennedy assassination! Hard to believe but true. Everything and I mean everything is nothing but smoke and mirrors. They puppeteer the MSM, they control electronic ballot machine results via Diebold, and they’l even put the fear of God or even “off” any and all that might get in their way. For all practical purposes AmeriKa and the world is living a “Matrix” type of situation.

    “Billary” is a slam-dunk unless a vast number of the American electorate simply say “no way” in the coming primaries. I surely hope she doesn’t get the nomination of her party which will cause a major destabilization of their plans for us; i.e “we the people”…! Also notice how the MSM has been shoving her down our throats since the beginning of her campaign as if it’s a fait accompli concerning her nomination and after that her ascendancy to the presidency. We the People are trying to conduct the business of government in a crooked casino;ie., a CIA sponsored game…! For this country to survive the electorate will have to break through the “glass ceiling” and think outside the box in order to survive as a nation, otherwise we are soon to become a minor planation in the NWO’s greater global plantation…!

    Carl Nemo **==

    p.s. Btw, the recommended book is a fascinating read and will keep readers entranced throughout its entire 556 pages. I give it a Nemo ***** reco! It’s available through Amazon and no doubt in many libraries. Just mentioning Mena, Arkansas and it’s Iran/Contra connection causes Bill Clinton to blanch chalk white and would no doubt cause “Billary” to do the same…! They are nothing but two scamsters on the make and they’ve done quite well for themselves to this point.

  3. Donnat  November 6, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Misogyny is alive and well in America. Not that Hillary is my first choice, that’s Obama, but I am more than ready to have a (Democratic) female president. She won’t end the war, she’ll probably be more of the same, but her same will be “Bill Clinton same” not George Bush same.

    And any change from the past six years of fascism disguised as a war on terro is welcome.
    Donnat

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