The hold-your-nose-and-vote election

by Sofia Lindén

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton might become the first female president of the United States of America, but her glass ceiling remains rock solid. Many young female voters are still sceptical to have Clinton as their representative.

Katherine Scheetz, 24, Washington DC, is one of the critical voters: “Hillary has lived outside the daily struggles of American women for so long. Her decisions are based on her experience in politics, not her experience as a woman.”

Alexandra Nicole Lee, 18, Springfield VA, 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 conflict, such as Benghazi and Syria, have reflected poorly on her character. She has also been mocked because she has been unable to push the feminist platform.”

A study by the Pew Research Centre shows that half of the people intending to vote for Clinton think of their votes more as a vote against the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Lee continued: “Feminists have supported Clinton this time because Trump has been so degrading to women that feminists have no choice but to vote for Hillary. It’s a ‘hold your nose and vote’ sort of thing.”

Clinton has campaigned for gender equality during this election, such as women’s reproductive rights, equal pay, and paid parental leave. Although all 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.

Alyssa Jaffer, 25, Santa Ana CA, said: “For girls dreaming of being president, Hillary will be an inspiration. It is a step in the right direction, but it is just one step.”

Scheetz 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 some cracks in the glass ceiling, but Clinton’s future presidency will decide whether it will be shattered completely.






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