I find it fitting to start this blog with one of the most well known feminist activists and politicians of our time: Hillary Clinton. While she’s a public figure with a fierce divide between supporters and opponents, Clinton’s message (and media coverage of her) has certainly added to and created dialogues surrounding how our society treats, talks about, and views women in all capacities.
In a new book, “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink,” Clinton contributes an essay in which a Politico article states she “…points to a wide range of issues, from pay equity to work-family balance to life expectancy, as areas where women in the United States still face problems…” However, these important ideas are consistently overshadowed by fierce coverage of her appearance and her ‘masculine’ mannerisms.
And now Clinton has recently seen ideological backlash from republican politicians (Rand Paul) surrounding not her, but her husband Bill Clinton’s “pass” for his “‘predatory’ affair with Monica Lewinsky.” Denying the Republican’s rocky relationship with women’s rights, Paul states that the republican party is “the war for women,” even after Mike Hukabee’s remarks in a recent speech:
“… And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America.”
Regardless of the criticism and backlash she receives from republican opponents, a Yahoo! poll published just last week shows she is the front runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket. Nevertheless, we will have to wait and see if Clinton’s scrunchie wearing will affect her ability to fulfill the presidency.