by Sofia Lindén
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton might be elected to be the first female president of the United States of America, but many young female voters remain sceptical about her.
24 year old Leah Johnson from Washington DC is one critical voter. She said “Hillary has lived outside the daily struggles of American women for so long. Her decisions are based on her experience in politics, not on her experience as a woman.”
Alexandra Nicole Lee, 18, Springfield, Virginia, explained the lack of support for Clinton: “Many feminists believe that Hillary was not a strong First Lady and that she didn’t stick up for herself. Since then, Clinton’s reactions to international conflicts, such as Benghazi and Syria, have reflected poorly on her character.”
“She has also been mocked because she hasn’t been able to push the feminist platform.”
A study by Pew Research Centre shows that half of those who intend to vote for Clinton think of their votes more as a vote against the Republican candidate Donald Trump than for her.
Lee said, “Feminists have supported Clinton this time because Trump has been so degrading to women that feminists have no choice but to vote for Hillary and against Trump. It’s a ‘Hold your nose and vote’ sort of thing.”
Clinton has campaigned for gender equality during the election by addressing women’s reproductive rights, equal pay and paid parental leave. Although all the interviewees agreed that having a first female president is a big step for women’s rights, they believe Clinton will only occupy a figurehead role.
Neha Patel, 25, from Santa Ana, California, states that “For girls dreaming of being presidents, Hillary will be an inspiration. It is a step in the right direction, but it is just one step.”
Johnson agreed: “I don’t think Clinton is going to do anything about the gender pay gap in terms of enacting policy. I think those are things she has said to get women on her side.”
Young women voters may determine this election. The presence of a female presidential candidate has created a fair few cracks in the longstanding glass ceiling, but Clinton’s potential presidency will decide whether it will be shattered completely.